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Unread 07-18-2001, 05:57 AM
Help! severe depression/ 3 months post op

hello I am a 32 yr. old 3 month post op. I found this wonderful website last year after having a LAVH. This year I had my ovaries removed April 20, 2001. Since then I have had my hormone replacements changed 3 times.......Climara patch and two different doses of Gynodiol. I am presently taking 1.5 mg of it.
I am tired of the weight gain, loss of energy, breast tenderness, and utter despair from depression. The depression has become severe in the past month. I feel like my Dr. thinks I am being a pain because I cannot get my hormones at the right level. Should I ask for an anti-depressant or try again? Please help me.

tired of trying
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Unread 07-18-2001, 06:29 AM
Help! severe depression/ 3 months post op

Hi Wind,

Welcome to Hystersisters!

I'm so sorry you're having so many problems with your HRT. Trying to get the right medication worked out can certainly be frustrating.

Have you visited the Hormone Jungle forum here? The ladies there really know the ups and downs of hormone replacement. Here on the Cancer Concerns forum, quite a lot of us can't take hormones so may not be much help to you.

I wish you the best in your search for something that will work for you.

Take care,

Unread 07-18-2001, 12:16 PM
Help! severe depression/ 3 months post op

Hi Wind!!
I too am very sorry to hear of your depression and problems getting your HRT regulated.
It does take time sometimes, and its very frustrating. I recently started on estrogen gel, and I know its too high a dose as its giving me some pain in the butt side effects. I see my doctor next week so will discuss it then.
I hope you will talk with your doctor regarding your depression. You don't have to live that way you know. They have wonderful drugs to help with depression these days. Its just a matter of finding what works best for you.
I hope you will take Vicki's suggestion and visit the Hormone Jungle board on the site. I am sure the great women there will have some ideas for you that you can perhaps discuss with your doctor to get you on the right track and feeling better.
Sending hugs and prayers that you will soon be a whole new you!!
Take care!
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Unread 07-18-2001, 01:57 PM
Help! severe depression/ 3 months post op

I would like to third the suggestion to visit the Hormone Jungle! A lot of women don't stay on their HRT long enough before trying something else and that only makes their emotions and hormones flip-flop to where they are in total frustration. Please ask the ladies in the Jungle their opinion. They have a lot of experience and are very caring and helpful! I really hope that things come together for you soon!! Best of luck!!
Unread 07-19-2001, 06:00 PM
Help! severe depression/ 3 months post op

It sounds to me like you may very well be getting TOO MUCH estrogen. The breast tenderness and depression are a clue to me. I get those for too high of a level of estrogen. My doctor and I played musical hormones also. The best bet is no less than a month on any dosage. It takes 3-4 weeks for levels to smooth out.

You might try tapering off a little at a time. I did this by cutting the size of my patch down. Not by using scissors, but by placing a small piece of saran wrap on one edge. (You will have to tape that edge down or it will come off!)

Try covering about 1/2 inch for the next two weeks. If you feel a little better, you are on the right track, and keep covering a little more until you feel good again.

I am at a great level for me, and my emorions rarely rollercoaster, unless the heat melts the patch and it slips off! Argh! I HATE summer.

Let us know how it goes!

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