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Unread 01-26-2005, 03:31 PM
i've asked my dr for help...now i wait

hello, sisters...i've been reading, but not posting lately...just trying to "find myself" since surgery 7 wks ago today...i've been in constant touch w/my ob re: how i've felt, no sleep, foggy headed, headaches, etc...started vivelle dot .05mg at week 3...as of yesterday i can't stop crying and just a general state of blahness...so i left message w/nurse today and she called and said the dr would be back in tomorrow morning and she'd talk to him and see what he says...for insurance reasons i may need to go to my regular dr...wth?? i think it's a no brainer it's all related...duh...so that just added to my misery today...oh well, what is one more night/day...LOL...my pain just vanished at the 6 wks mark...other than some tenderness, but none of the pain up until then...and i've taken it very easy, my parents were here until yesterday to help w/my 4 kids and everything else...

can i take prozac, or the like, while on vivelle? for anyone that's been on prozac, how does it affect the rest of your life related to drinking, other meds, script and/or otc...i hope it would be short term...but i know i need help and hope i get answers tomorrow...
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Unread 01-26-2005, 04:20 PM
i've asked my dr for help...now i wait

I would be willing to bet it is your hormones levels causing the symptoms you describe.
Unread 01-26-2005, 04:25 PM
i've asked my dr for help...now i wait

I totally agree...sounds like your patch dose needs to be increased, which is not uncommon. Some sisters need to have "adjustments" to their HRT to get the dose that is right for them.
From what I understand...all insurance companies now have it that you can see your GYN without referrels, so I don't know why that would be an issue. I still have my GYN write my HRT scripts over a year later. heck he even performed a surgery for me when I don't have any parts left!
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Unread 01-26-2005, 05:28 PM
i've asked my dr for help...now i wait

I am on the antidepressant Celexa and have been even before my surgery. I am on the Vivelle estrogen dot now since surgery. A lot of women take antidepressants after their surgeries. It seems to help stabilize their moods.

Even so, I still needed to tweak my estrogen dot a few times since my hyst. Hopefully, now it is finally right. S~Moonchime
Unread 01-26-2005, 05:56 PM
HRT, antidepressants and time

Hi, I am on the Vivelle Dot .1 since surgery. That is what the surgeon/ob/gyn gave me and I have had no symptoms of menopause.

I went to a gyn closer to home (the other one is 120 miles one way) and he said that I should not be on more than .5 for my size. Then I went to another gyn because I didn't like that one, and she said .1 was fine for me. Apparently there are no easy answers, but a lot of opinions.

I do have one friend that takes antidepressents for her menopausal symptoms because she cannot take any HRT for other reasons. I was prescribed them both, but ended up not taking the antidepressants because I was trying to figure out the testosterone and libido stuff and didn't want to get it all mixed together.

You will get it figured out-it takes time and some tweaking and balancing. Best wishes in finding a doctor you like and can trust, and one who is knowledgeable in HRT and surgical menopause.

Unread 01-27-2005, 12:07 AM
i've asked my dr for help...now i wait

Hi PraireLakeLady, When you say that the doctor said you shouldn't be on more than a .5 dosage of the Vivelle Dot because of your size, does he mean if you are small, you need less, or what?

I am 5'5' and 122 pounds, and I felt the need to up my Vivelle dot recently to .1, and I feel really good on that dosage.

It truly is a jungle when it comes to dealing with HRT. Not just with the dosages and all that but also with the differing opinions of medical professionals.

Thank God for Hystersisters. I was on the Climara patch at first, and it wasn't working well for me. But, from reading this website, I knew to ask the doctor if I could try the Vivelle Dot. Next, I am asking for testosterone since my energy level and libido are truly lacking.S~Moonchime
Unread 01-27-2005, 12:50 AM
i've asked my dr for help...now i wait

Golfdiva, I also had endo, so my surgeon refused to give me hormones, except for 1 mg of oral estradiol. He also prescribed 75 mg Effexor, which is an antidepressant that alleviates menopause symptoms. It has been a godsend for me... no more depression. I do have occasional mild warm flashes, but they aren't bad at all. Effexor is often prescribed for women who cannot take hormones due to endo or cancer concerns.
Unread 01-27-2005, 07:25 AM
About antidepressants

I can certainly see how an anti depressant would help after a hysterectomy. I am dealing with mild to moderate depression since 6 weeks post op. I’m sure it is my hormones. I would rather research and treat the cause of these symptoms rather than the symptoms themselves.

I just feel that for myself, I do not want to rush off to take another new medication (anti depressant) since I’m already on a seizure medication (Neurontin) and now HRT. To me, it is no coincidence that I am having depression symptoms just after major surgery -- especially a BSO. While my specific symptoms can certainly be caused by a chemical imbalance or the stress of surgery and having to deal with the pain, I’d first rather see if it is my hormones and take that route first, with the care of my doctor. I feel like it will open up the door to more problems for me to take yet another med because they all have their sweet little side effect.
Unread 01-27-2005, 05:20 PM
thanks to everyone...update

i appreciate all of your imput...i went to the dr today and he upped my vivelle dosage to .1mg...he wants to give it 2 wks and if my moods aren't better we'll look at antidepressants...the only thing that had improved on the lower dosage were the global warmings...but having a headache almost every day is not an option for me w/4 kids...i feel like jekyl and hyde...today was better emotionally, but i've had 2 nights of sleep LOL

good luck to us all!
Unread 01-27-2005, 06:39 PM
i've asked my dr for help...now i wait

I hope the 1 mg patch gives you some relief. I think it's wise to give it 2 weeks, maybe more, to see if it helps. I've been on the Climara patch for going on 4 weeks now. My hotflashes have just now begun to subside. I've gone 3 days now without one! :

I've slept better these last 2 nights too and I do feel like the depression has lifted somewhat.

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