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Unread 05-15-2010, 06:01 PM
Full blown menapause

Hi I'm new here I had a complete hysterectomy May 10 as well as a (birch) bladder repair. I had a few complications during surgery with bleeding but now that I'm at home I'm having problems with pain as well as hotflashes. The first night home which was Thursday, I had the night sweats so bad that I woke up with chattering teeth. During the day I have hotflashes all day long, which stop me from sleeping. I have been on an Estergen gel for 2 days now and was wondering how long it normally takes to regulate the hotflashes as well as the mood swings. Any info would be greatly appreciated as I am going crazy. Today was a bad day as all I could do was cry. Please help!
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Unread 05-15-2010, 08:06 PM
Re: Full blown menapause

Hi! The best way to keep the pain at ease is to stay ahead of it. Take your pain meds at the time you should instead of when it hurts.
I'm 2 1/2 weeks post/op and am still quite sore. Rest, rest, rest.

I believe it usually takes about a week to adjust to the hrt. I was started on 1mg estrace, but after the first week the hot flashes and night sweats were so bad my doctor doubled it.

I hope you start feeling better very soon and that tomorrow will be much easier than today.

Take care
Unread 05-17-2010, 07:15 AM
Re: Full blown menapause


It does take about 6 weeks to feel the full effect of any hormone dose change. You may also be experiencing some of the normal post surgical hormone surges that occur from the manipulation of your ovaries during surgery. Talk to your Dr if the symptoms continue to be severe.

Could you by chance be overdoing? You should still be resting most of the time this early post op.

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Unread 05-17-2010, 09:41 AM
Re: Full blown menapause

Thanks for the information kay m. As far as overdoing it anything is possible because since the surgery I have been having a very hard time sleeping. Even though I have been either in bed or on the couch as much as I want to sleep it just doesn't happen. I have started to take Gravol to help me get the much needed sleep I need. I just can't seem to get comfortable and my rash is sore, burning and very itchy which doesn't help. This morning I took a benidryl tablet to help but I'm starting to feel like a walking drugstore. Pills, Pills, Pills. I am trying to stay possitive but I'm not the type to just sit around and I'm finding it very difficult, not to mention that I'm a clean freek and things not getting done stresses me out!
Unread 05-17-2010, 10:23 AM
Re: Full blown menapause

I understand. Recovery can seem like an eternity when you feel like there are things that need to be done. Just remember that if you give in to those "clean freak" urges, that you may do harm and/or prolong your recovery.

Hang in there.

Unread 05-17-2010, 12:23 PM
Re: Full blown menapause

I had my surgery on May 11, TVH BSO bladder etc etc... basically the works. I'm only 30 and I have had to see my doc basically daily because I had to keep a foley in from not being able to pee on my own. I had menopause symptoms before surgery, but in the 6 days surgery I haven't had those symptoms nearly as bad. I woke up with chattery teeth one night and had a 103-104 fever, my doctor said was my body reacting to the catheter being in place, when they take it out during the day I feel so much better. Yesterday I had one moody crying thing but I was out of pain meds, the catheter was irritating the crap out of me and I was starving so I kinda just lost it. I can't take HRT until my doctor does some other tests, but he said I may not even need it because it may have been the estrogen causing me to feel like crud in the first place but only time will tell. Point being everyone is very very different. Your so close to your actual surgery date you should watch other possibilities as well, like when I had the fever I was determined it was a hot flash, but it lasted for 3 hours and started to get less after taking ibuprofen. I have the cath out for another trial at the pee thing today, when I went in my temp was 100.4, now its normal. So for you or anyone reading this thread don't assume its automatically a hot flash especially within a few days of surgery.
Hope you're feeling better!

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