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Unread 08-05-2002, 02:43 PM
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Well guys..I saw the doctor today and I am back to ACTIVE DUTY! Another words at 6 weeks I have been released.. Just returned from a 4000 mile driving vacation. Started at my 4week post surgery and ended at the 6 week point. I feel very good now.
I had tried the Estrace and had a reaction. Today he insisted I try the Climara Patch 1 mg dosage. Only problems I am having are occasional night sweat and mean nasty mood swings, anything from tears to ready to fight the pit bull next door! Any pros on this patch or cons? Still not sure I am ready to go the Estrogen route just yet. I am 53.
Any of you that just had this surgery, I want you to know there is a light at the end of 3-4 week post op I felt like a mac truck had run over 6 weeks, I am fine. Just convince me I need to try this patch...I have one ovary left.
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Unread 08-05-2002, 03:40 PM
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I had a TAH/BSO on 7/24. On 7/26, they slapped a Climara patch on me. I haven't had much time to evaluate, but it's stopped the night sweats and terrible mood swings dead in their tracks. I also seem to have much more energy. I am 44.

Anyway, that's my input. Good luck to you!
Unread 08-05-2002, 06:45 PM
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Re the Climara patch: I had my surgery on 5/6/02, and as soon as they got me back to my room, they slapped a Climara patch on me (.1 mg). I haven't had any problems with it, as far as mood swings or night sweats. It did come off once, mid-week, and I had to replace it. I solved that problem, though. I had put it on my lower back (you are supposed to alternate spots where you put it), and it had rubbed off while I was lying on my back. Now I just alternate from left to right on my lower abdomen. No more problems. Before my surgery, I had been afraid I would be depressed afterward, just from the hormone adjustments that I expected. However, I haven't had any emotional problems at all with it. The patch is supposed to be a lot healthier for you than oral medication because it doesn't process through the liver. Hope this helps! (I am 49.)

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Unread 08-05-2002, 07:08 PM
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Hi Charlie,

Wow, that was quite a drive, wasn't it! Glad you're feeling okay!

You might find more answers in the Hormone Jungle --- those ladies really know a lot! Here's the link:

Unread 08-05-2002, 09:11 PM
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Hi Ladies...let me tell you how great I think the Climara patch is. The other day mine fell off in the shower...I forgot to put another one on. A little while later I went to the mall. as I walked into jcpenneys ..all of a sudden teh sweat started pouring down my face! How embarrassing to have a in the middle of the mall!! My hair was shirt was drenched...and me with no place to hide!! You can bet i slapped one of those babies on as soon as i got home...and will never leave home with it again.
TAH,BSO for fibroids and heavy bleeding; adenomyosis; severe anemia
Unread 08-06-2002, 01:43 AM
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I had the Climara patch, but couldn't get it to stick, plus my skin broke out from it. Changed to Vivelle Dot .05 at 4 weeks. I was trying to take the lowest estrogen dose I could. The Vivelle Dot sticks a little better, but still comes off when I swim, and I swim a lot. I know when its come off since I get a huge headache and start crying.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with a naturopath doctor. I hope to get a prescription for a compounding pharmacy so I can get estradiol (the type of estrogen that is in the Vivelle patch) in a cream form so there won't be any patch to fall off! There's lots of choices out there--I just think its going to be a LONG journey to find the right one. Glad the patch is working for you. Check out hormone jungle message board. It's GREAT!

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