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Unread 01-19-2006, 06:59 AM
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On 1/24, when I see my doctor for my six-week post op, he said he'd talk to me about HRT. He had wanted to see what kinds of surgical menopause symptoms I exhibited before making any recommendation. I have the feeling, since I've been doing well post op, that he'll also release me to return to work the next day. My question is --- do y'all think it's a good idea to put off the return to work a few days, until I've seen how I react to the HRT? I don't want my first day back at work to turn into a nightmare because I suddenly start having some kind of reaction. The only symptoms I believe I have are hot flashes, night sweats, sleeplessness (I've been awake since 2:30 this morning this time), and headaches.

Thanks, sisters, for whatever help and advice you can offer.

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Unread 01-19-2006, 08:05 AM
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Depending on what type of job you have should determine when you go back to work. If you do a lot of heavy lifting, I would wait another week or two, but it really depends on how you feel. It's your body, no one but you really knows best. I was out for 3 months, but I do alot of heavy lifting at my job, so I knew six weeks wasn't gonna do it. And take it slow when you do, don't over do it.
Lots of Luck!

Unread 01-19-2006, 08:13 AM
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(((Lynn))), if you're really concerned, you could hold off a few more days after your appointment and start using whatever your doctor prescribes on the weekend, or any stretch of days off you have from work. Some women don't have any side effects when taking hormones but of course it is possible. It can take a while to adjust to any new therapy and it can take time to find balance.

Explain your concerns to your doctor and see what he recommends that you do. In the meantime, you can do some research about the various types of estrogen so you can offer your input as to what you would like to try. In articles #10 - 13 of the Hormone Article List you can learn about many of the choices available.

I hope this helps!

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Unread 01-19-2006, 08:13 AM
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Maybe I'm not reading your question correctly, but I gather you are not currently on HRT and your concern is that when you go on it, you'll have 'reactions'?

If that is the case, I would be more concerned about how miserable you are with the menopausal symptoms you have (sweats, sleeplessness, headaches, etc.)

More than likely, the HRT, once you get on it, will help with these symptoms.

As for going back to work, that's something you should really discuss with your doctor, to see if you're ready both physically and emotionally. I know I was miserable with hot flashes (mine were lasting like an hour and happening all the time!) work was impossible for me. I couldn't concentrate for 5 minutes!

Best of luck to you!
Unread 01-19-2006, 09:35 AM
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I Went Back To School 7 Days After My Surgery Which Was 5 Weeks Ago. My Doctor Put Me On Hrt The Day Of Surgery I Don't Feel Anything Different I Still Get Unreal Hot Flashes And Night Sweats. You Should Go To Work When You Feel Ready Good Luck

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