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Unread 05-16-2005, 05:13 PM
Disheartened on HRT

I am so disheartened. I had a laproscopic supracervical hysterectomy 3 weeks ago, April 27. I've been using Vivelle Dot .1 mg. I am having night sweats, low energy, and I wake up every 1-2 hours during the night. I saw my doctor today, said he didn't want to monkey with the hormones, but would see me again in 3 weeks. He gave me a script for Lunestra for sleep, but I'm afraid to take it. I don't want to get hooked on something. Is there hope out there? How long does it take hormones to get adjusted? I thought once I got on the patch, I would feel good. Any advice, much appreciated.
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Unread 05-16-2005, 05:52 PM
Disheartened on HRT

You are very early in the recovery process and it does take time for our bodies to adjust and recover, so don't be disheartened yet. Give your body time to adjust to the shock it has just went through and then adjust your HRT accordingly. HRT usually does take some dosage changes before you can get it just right, but I agree with your doctor, I'd wake a few more weeks before doing any adjusting.

Oh, and if you get time, add your surgery date to your profile...it helps when other ladies respond to know when your surgery was performed.

Jackie
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Unread 05-16-2005, 09:49 PM
Disheartened on HRT

Lunesta is a new sleep aid drug that is non-narcotic. As I understand it, you won't get "hooked" on it. Check with your doctor to be sure.

isewquilts
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Unread 05-16-2005, 10:02 PM
try not to be discouraged...

It DOES take time to adjust the HRT and settle through all of this. Truer words were never spoken. I am 8 months out and still amazed at the various phases that this recovery has taken me through. I'm still working on "adjusting" my hormones!

I'd say stay on your HRT and ride it out. First few months I had lots of symptoms too: night sweats, foggy brain, hot flashes. Your own bodies hormones are also balancing out and your body is also recovering from the anesthesia, which takes quite a while to flush out of your system. Drink lots of water, rest, and get your calcium going!

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Deb
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Unread 05-16-2005, 10:30 PM
Disheartened on HRT

I used to have troubles sleeping (for 2 years) but then started using OTC progesterone cream...it has helped me fall and stay asleep. It also helped with anxiety.
I agree with Jackie, in that you are early in the recovery process and it takes a while for recovery...it took at least 8 weeks before I was feeling somewhat normal. You might try the progesterone cream and see if that helps. Hopefully your doctor isn't like mine, who thinks women with hysterectomies don't need progesterone.
I hope you get feeling better.

Blondie
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Unread 05-17-2005, 10:58 AM
Disheartened on HRT

Oh yes, I want to comment on the sleeping thing too. You still need to take the time to recover and then get the estrogen at the right dosage...BUT if you still have trouble with the insomnia I would suggest that you try adding progesterone. It was the thing that finally took away the insomnia and I have been sleeping great since day two or three of starting progesterone.

Jackie
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