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Which way to go? Which way to go?

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Unread 12-11-2011, 12:30 PM
Which way to go?

Hi, I had a LAVH, BSO at 52. I was still getting periods and having some mild hot flashes, so I am assuming I was perimenopausal.

I am now 25 days post op. I have problems falling asleep and am waking earlier. Sleep quality is poor, I have hot flashes and am very sweaty. I also wake up almost every morning with headaches.

My Physician started me on a small dose of Estrace vaginal cream on a decreasing dose each week until my 4 week. My mother and aunt had breast cancer, so I am very leary of HRT.

I am confused by which of these symptoms are menopausal or side effects of Estrace and whether or not I should try the natural route.

Just confused in general!

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Unread 12-11-2011, 03:34 PM
Re: Which way to go?

Hi Catherine,
I am 54 and three weeks post op - so I am also a rookie. I was only peri-m and having monthly periods as well. Thought I could go cold turkey with some herbal supplements. Sweats started, then insomnia (which is wicked), then craying jags, then headaches. Never had a migraine in my whole life and I got a migraine I could not control and ended up in the hospital. I am now ten days on a .1 patch. No breast cancer in my family - but still plenty concerned about taking it, yet I dont think I could bear to go back to how I felt. I occasionally have mild nausea on the patch, and a very light headache - both of which so far have been manageable. It is so hard because the symptoms for low estrogen and nearly identical to the symptoms of high estrogen. The message there I think - is that we feel good in balance, and lousy when too high or too low. It sucks, but I am just learning like you are.
I have also heard that strenuous exercise will deplete the estrogen reserve and make us feel lousy - but I havent been doing enough to have this experience yet. I am totally paranoid about a migraine that lands me back in the hospital - so the patch stays on until further notice and until I can learn more about how to manage all this.

Good luck, you are not the only one in this boat!
Unread 12-11-2011, 06:38 PM
Re: Which way to go?

Hi again kc...thanks for your post! We sound like we are in the same boat! What was your surgery date? I am sorry you ended up back in the hospital! I also had anterior and posterior repair done, so I was in the hospital from Thursday PM to Sunday AM. I did not enjoy my stay there, sound I might enjoy a few days recovering there, but mostly felt drugged up and tired and scared while I was there. I did not have cancer as a reason for the hysterectomy, just ovarian cysts and a fibroid that concerned by Dr. So I took a preventative stance and went for the full job! Also had bladder and rectal prolapse.

Recovery has been ok. Not terrible so far, just the annoying symptoms I mentioned earlier. I have not had a migraine, thank God....except for the morning of the surgery (form caffeine withdrawal). I hope you continue to improve and adjust. I see my Dr Friday....I will discuss HRT options with her then!

Hang in there, keep me posted on your progress!

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