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  #1  
Unread 09-26-2010, 01:26 PM
EstroGel

I had a full hysterectomy 4 days ago. My dr prescribed EstroGel 0.06% Its a gel I rub on my arm once daily. So far I have done only 1/2 a pump daily for 2 days. It immediately makes me feel strange for 30 minutes or so.
Anyone else tried this or have any opinions or help for me???
The pharmacy had a hard time finding it so I assume it's rare and/or new.
Any help will be much appreciated
Sincerely, Flowerboat
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  #2  
Unread 09-26-2010, 03:00 PM
Re: EstroGel

Flowerboat! to HysterSisters!

I know there are members on this site who have used (or are using!) EstroGel and hopefully they will be along soon to share their experiences with you.

Did your doctor prescribe 1/2 pump per day or did you decide not to use a full pump each day? Fluctuating hormone levels can account for feeling strange, plus you're early in your recovery when it's normal to feel changes in hormone levels as your body depletes the hormones your ovaries made and as you adjust to your new hormone therapy.

You might find it helpful to keep a symptom journal. Share the journal with your doctor so any adjustments can be made to your hormone therapy based on how you're doing over a period of time. It takes a while for any hormone therapy to reach optimal levels. Several weeks of use should give you a better idea of whether this is the right dose/method of delivery for you. Hang in there, follow your doctor's directions and hopefully you'll level off and feel better the further you get into your recovery.

Best wishes as you continue to heal!

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Unread 09-26-2010, 05:28 PM
Re: EstroGel

He told me a full pump but I was a little scared and then when 1/2 pump made me feel funny I was afraid to do more.
My biggest question is how do I know how much I need or if I even need it yet!! It's only been 4 days.
I appreciate your response and advice. I will start a journal
sincerely,
Flowerboat
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Unread 09-26-2010, 07:43 PM
Re: EstroGel

I used the estrogel starting the day after surgery...at first 1/2 pump a day (per DR directions)....but was having anxiety issues, so at 2 week post-op appt she upped it to 2 pumps (1-morning & 1- evening) daily. That made a world of difference...no longer felt shaky inside. I used it for 3 &1/2 months, then switched to vivielle dot 1mg...only because of the having to let it dry before getting dress every morning, evening wasn't such a problem. I applied mine by pumping it onto one wrist and spreading it onto the opposite arm. Never had any side effects from it and really controlled the hot flashes...actually had very few when using the gel. I have some night sweats with the patch...but it's easier to work with than the gel...now that I have a new job...hubby is an over the road truck driver and I go with him all the time.

I agree about keeping journal...I did for the first 4 mos. That makes it easier to remember what you need to discuss with DR each visit. Hope this helps you some. Sorry my post is kinda long.

Must add that I started the gel immediately because I was a moody person before hyster, so I was worried about the moodiness afterwards. The estrogel did a great job, give it some time and you can always discuss it with your DR.
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Unread 09-26-2010, 09:51 PM
Re: EstroGel

Thank you
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Unread 09-28-2010, 11:41 PM
Re: EstroGel

Flowerboat, I use the estrodial gel too. I am now 10 weeks post op. I started with one pump each arm and then increased to 2 pumps each arm. It was great for a few weeks and then after a stressor (my job asking me to fill out a bunch of paperwork in case my leave goes into long term disability) my anxiety shot up and I have been having trouble managing my anxiety/stress ever since. So, I am seeing my doctor again tomorrow to see if I need to go to 3 pumps on each arm, or maybe 3 pumps in a.m. and 3 pumps in p.m.

I don't really know what to do, I just want the awful anxiety to go away.

Lynda
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Unread 09-29-2010, 08:21 AM
Re: EstroGel

Wow really? That sounds like alot! Can they ck hormone levels to see If you're needing more or maybe less?? Let me know how that goes
I think I will increase to full pump today (it's only been 5 days so far with 1/2 pump daily). I woke up in the middle of nite totally drenched in sweat! Otherwise I'm ok.
I hope u get anxiety under control. I know how that feels and it's awful
Thanks
Flowerboat
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Unread 10-01-2010, 10:36 AM
Re: EstroGel

Thanks Flowerboat,

The anxiety is a bit better now that I have had the doctor fill out the paper work...I think it's just that my memory is so bad I worry that I am going to forget something when I have a lot going on. I had nothing going on, which was calming, until the paperwork was requested...and then the anxiety shot up.

I'm actually looking forward to going back to work now! I go back next week. I am now on 5 pumps of the gel. My doc says it doesn't matter when you put it on, morning or night, so I am doing 3 in the a.m. and 2 at night, or the alternative....whenever I remember ha ha!

I still am having trouble with sleeping and waking up hot. MY doc says if this number of pumps/dosage doesn't work then I may just be one of those people who doesn't absorb the gel well and I'll have to try another medication. She also says, you need to be on the same dosage for a month to really know if it's working.

I hope your nite sweats are under control soon.....

Lynda
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