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Unread 05-06-2007, 09:36 AM
estrogen side effects

I am almost 7 weeks post LAVH/BSO. Three days ago I started the lowest dose patch of Climara because of hot flashes/night sweats. My doc felt I needed more sleep, I was willing to tough it out because I am 48 and had some minor hot flashes starting prior to surgery. I have never been able to take BC pills because of swelling and headaches. Now, just three days in, I have gained 3 pounds and have a slight headache, but no effect yet on hot flashes. How long does it take for the hormones to provide some benefit. It cetainly did not take long for the side effects to kick in, and if I don't get relief, I am going to ditch the whole thing!
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Unread 05-06-2007, 04:15 PM
estrogen side effects

I would give it a week or two at least, but you may need to go on higher dose if it is too low. I cannot take lowest dose in my patch, get hot flashes too much.

Hope it gets better for you.

Unread 05-06-2007, 04:33 PM
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I am on low dose pill form .3mg estrogen. I have hot flashes still but if I don't take it they are really bad, especially the night sweats. Two days ago I got a migraine it hang around for almost two days but wasn't as "severe"as others. I hadn't taken the estrogen those two days because left them at work. I have read you can get migraines from having too low or too high of estrogen level. My md had said its not worth taking a blood test because levels can change from day to day. I am not sure what to do either. Any one have further advance? Ophelia
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Unread 05-06-2007, 04:47 PM
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I am on the lowest dose because the estrogen GIVES me the headaches (and fluid retention). I can't imagine going higher and having worse symptoms. I think I would rather have hot flashes than headaches and weight gain. I'm resolved to stick it out for awhile, but back when I tried almost every BC pill on the market I had a constant headache. I was just hoping to get some benefit right away to make up for the discomfort.
Unread 05-07-2007, 03:31 PM
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Adding some progesterone may help oppose the symptoms of fluid retention. It also helps with the sleeping process. Your estrogen dose may be too low to ward off the hot flashes. Also, realize that you are still very close to your surgery day. Your body most likely is still adjusting to the change it's gone through. The weight gain may still be a function of that.

I don't have experience with the headaches, but I definetly experienced the hot flashes and no sleep. Estrogen did the trick, shortly after I added progesterone and it seemed to keep fuid retention at bay. Hope this helps a bit. We are all different.

Unread 05-08-2007, 08:35 AM
estrogen side effects

Otter 48,
I am also on a very low dose estrogen patch (.0375 vivelle). It works well for me. Using transdermal estrogen is a good way to supply your hormones, especially if your headaches are triggered by estrogen. Transdermal bypasses the liver, which helps keep estrogen levels more stable. Keep in mind that if you are sensitive to declining estrogen levels, which can trigger headaches, you may need to change your patch on the 6th day instead of the 7th. This should keep your estrogen levels more stable.
Unread 05-10-2007, 12:38 PM
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You may need to change the patch way more frequently. Some women get only half the usual time from them as their body literally ***** the estrogen out of them.

Many hormone headaches are estrogen withdrawal headaches. I was told to put some estradiol cream or gel on my throat if I felt a migraine coming on. Sure enough, it worked.
Unread 05-11-2007, 01:01 AM
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Guess I am going to have to call my doctor. My migraines are really coming back.They are not at the stage where if I move I throw up but my eyes are sensitive to light and concentration is hard. If not having them the first month after surgery is because my ovaries were not working, I don't know if I want them to work. I felt so much better without headaches. When you have headaches all the time you learn to live with them, but after not having them for awhile I realized I don't want to just live with them any longer. This is soooo frustrating.Ophelia
Unread 05-11-2007, 07:41 AM
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Hi Ophelia,

I saw on your profile that you have some cancer issues. This may be why your Dr has started you on such a low dose. The migraines are sometimes caused by fluctuating hormones. Since you are still fairly recently post op, your body may still be making the adjustment from using up what estrogen it had stored. It also can take up to six weeks to get the full benefits of any hormone addition or change. Don't give up yet. Once your body adjusts to your new level and gets a steady dose, your migraines might disappear Give it it's full 6 weeks before deciding it isn't working.

I hope you are able to get them under control soon. Do let us know what your Dr says.

Unread 05-14-2007, 11:55 PM
estrogen side effects

Thank-you Kay, I will be diligent with the pill and con. for 6 weeks as you said. I hope they do stabilize soon so that these headaches and hot flashes will cease. It is making it harder for me to work and be pleasant when my head is pounding. Ophelia

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