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Unread 10-03-2003, 11:19 AM
Hope I did it Right

Hi ladies
Had my surgery yesterday morning and went home last night. They did not put a patch on me right after surgery as I thought they were going to. Anyway, I got home feeling pretty good, but my mouth was extremely dry and I started to get a funny headache (normally my headaches are sinus, so they feel different than this one did). I thought these feelings were odd and remembered they did not put anything on me while in the hospital, so I slapped the .1 Vivelle Dot on my hip area and the headache seemed to go away along with my dry mouth...seemed like it only took a few minutes. I did notice that I seemed to swell a little around my eyes a bit later and now seem to be retaining a bit of water in my hands and feet. Is this normal?
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Unread 10-03-2003, 11:58 AM
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Hi Cynthia I'm glad you're home safe. The same thing happened to me in the hospital, they forgot to put the patch on me. I realized that evening that it wasn't there and had them put it on, and my huge hot flashes went away within an hour.

The water retention can be a sign of too much estrogen, but it's hard to tell so soon after surgery. We're given lots of fluids in the hospital and I know for me, I always retain water after surgery until things get going again. I usually pee like crazy for weeks (once the bladder is working). Are you able to go OK? If not, that would be something to get attended to right away.

My DR initially put me on Vivelle dot 0.1, too, and early on, it was too much for me. This is because your body probably still has some estrogen stored up from before the surgery... once that is depleted you may need more estrogen than you do right now. So it's possible you might not need the full patch right now but you may after your stored estrogen is used up (it can take days to weeks).

It's too bad your DR didn't try starting you on something like the .05 first. It's easier to raise the dosage in response to symptoms of too little than it is to lower it and wait for symptoms of too much to go away.

I hope you are taking it SUPER easy right now. Remember, the meds you got at the hospital can make you think you feel better than you actually do, plus you don't want to overdo and cause yourself problems. You know

Take care!
Unread 10-03-2003, 12:12 PM
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Thanks for the reassurance. I think I will just keep the .1 Vivelle dot I put on last night until time to change on Sunday night/Monday morning. Do you think it would be good to cut it in half then and see what happens, or stick with the .1 for now and see how that goes? I was taking a double dose of bcps before surgery every day, so it may take a while to level out. So far I feel pretty good, just the water retention thing going on. I am going to try to walk around the block (its not too far) and see how that goes along with drinking lots of water and maybe that will help. Was able to pee, although somewhat slowly (still hurts a bit to squeeze the muscles, so I just pee slowly) since about 4 hours post-op. Had to get up to pee all through night too, so I think the plumbing is working just fine so far.

Let me know your thoughts about lowering to .5 on Sunday, or just sticking it out with the .1. I printed out the sheet on symptoms of too much/too little estrogen and will journal what happens.

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Unread 10-03-2003, 12:20 PM
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Well... I would say that if you're still seeing lots of water retention around the hands and feet, I'd cut it down (maybe cut 1/4 off that one)... but if you do that, you will likely have hot flashes, not because the estrogen level is necessarily not enough, but just because it is changing. Hot flashes can be a sign of change as well as too little estrogen. Same thing goes for headaches... a drop in level (even from too high to OK) can trigger a headache sometimes.

Given that you're so very early in your recovery, the hot flashes and headaches could be stressful to you... if that may be a problem, then perhaps keeping the 0.1 and waiting to see how it levels out would be better. You'll need to make that decision based on how you feel, and I'd encourage you to talk it over with your DR too.

Keep us posted, OK? And on the journal... that will definitely help.

Unread 10-03-2003, 01:01 PM
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Congrats on a successful surgery.

Just an FYI - I have had a couple of surgical procedures in the past year. Each time, I have had fluid retention for several days after from the IV's and anesthesia. I wouldn't jump to changing the dosage of your "dot" right now.
Just my opinion.

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