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Unread 08-16-2000, 12:28 AM
dizziness/ vertigo

I have been dizzy for 3-4 weeks, (am 5 weeks post op), and am on estratest & progest cream. My doc offers no help with this. He says (in 25 years of practice), he has never heared of hrt or menoupause causing dizziness. Does anybody know about this??? Thank You. I am a little outraged at my doctors lack of interest- ok , more than a little.
[Edited by Maryon on 08-16-2000]
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Unread 08-16-2000, 09:57 AM

I'm sorry that your doctor isn't proving helpful for you. Unfortunately, it is not an unusual problem, finding that your doctor's answers to menopause and hrt questions are a little limited.

In this patient education resource they do list dizziness as a side effect of estratest. It is also listed as a side effect in the Physician's Desk Reference which is the guide most doctors use in prescribing and which contains the manufacturer's own warnings and cautions. And I won't mention the fact that mere users have reported it as well.

You should know, however, that this can be related to the synthetic nature of the estrogen you're taking, the dose level of the estrogen, or the relative interactions between the estrogen and progesterone. For some women, tweaking progesterone up or down can alleviate this. There are a couple threads on this down in the Hormone Jungle Archives (use the link in my signature to get to a clickable topic index), and you might do a search on "dizzy" in this forum also (use the search feature in the upper right, amongst the other small icons, and be sure to select HJ as the forum to search). Perhaps you will find something useful in the experiences of other women here. Do let us know what you decide to change and how it works for you--it helps build the database that in turn helps the next sister. And you may, if you are changing things, find a hormone dose and symptom journal useful in working out what's going on. Good luck with it. [blue]
Unread 08-16-2000, 07:31 PM

Dear Savh, thank you for replying to my post. I did read more in the archives, and although it seems some felt dizziness was too much estrogen, others thought not enough, I am relieved that at least I am not the only one! I did not take the estratest for 2 days, and the dizziness subsided greatly- I think I'll ask my doc if I can try estrates HS- maybe I just don't need as much as I'm getting. It's worth a try. Again, thank you. -Marion
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Unread 08-16-2000, 11:38 PM

Too much, too little it's such an individual thing. But one things for sure a lack of and changing levels can certainly cause dizziness. Before I started on ERT I was getting dizzy spells when my levels were lowest and more recently when I think my levels are changing yet again I am experiencing it. Good luck,

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