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Unread 12-04-2007, 07:38 PM
Hot Flash or something more?

I have a question and feel stupid asking, but here goes. 46 years old, TAH/BSO about 9 weeks ago. Started with Vivelle .5 patch, then 1.0 patch, but for about a week have been taking .635 Premarin tablet. The doctor is having me try different stuff to see which works best. I am having trouble with low energy, etc. So since I have been taking the oral tablet, I seem to be having way more hot flashes. That is, if that's what this is. My face is burning up. Behind my eyes, my neck, my ears, etc. And it's not just for a short period. It can go on for hours. Is it just a hot flash, or something else? And I didn't feel this with with the patch method. Should I call the doctor and request I discontinue the Premarin. Next I'm supposed to try a testosterone one and then a combo. I don't like this at all. Any and all advice and experiences are welcome. Thanks.
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Unread 12-04-2007, 09:23 PM
Hot Flash or something more?

I have nothing informative to add except we are in the same boat. I am 46 and had a complete hysterectomy (inc ovaries). I was doing fine until I had a hot flash today. I thought I was toast!

What type of doctor specializes in horomones? My physician seems somewhat clueless.

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Unread 12-05-2007, 10:35 AM
Hot Flash or something more?

Hi Maureen!

It can take some trial and error to find the best hormone therapy, but it's also true that changing from product to product too quickly can cause symptoms. That can make finding the right method of delivery at the right dose harder than it has to be. Also, it takes time to deplete the hormones your ovaries made and fluctuations during initial healing are not at all unusual, with or without hormone therapy.

Also, it takes much longer than the initial 6 - 8 weeks of healing to totally regain our strength. My doctor told me to expect it to take about a year to feel fully back to normal and that estimate turned out to be quite accurate.

If you felt better on the estrogen patches, you might want to go back to that method of delivery and stay with one dose for several weeks. Keep a journal of your symptoms so you have a record to show to your doctor. That will help him/her determine what tweaking is needed to help you feel better.

I know this can be very trying but patience is a virtue that will help you find balance in the long run. Hang in there!


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