I promised you the other day that I would finish updating you on what we are doing to help Lizze on her new journey through menopause.
Essentially, Lizze is doing hormone replacement therapy.
She’s doing the Estradiol Transdermal patch. This is basically a low dose form of estrogen. Basically, she wears these little patches for 3.5 days before replacing g it with a new patch.
While it’s way to soon to see the benefits from this treatment, it’s never too soon to experience the wonders of side effects, of which there are many.
Here’s a list of the basic side effects:
unusual vaginal bleeding (especially if you are past menopause);
chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
sudden severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
stabbing chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, fast heart rate;
pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs;
nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, muscle weakness, confusion, and feeling tired or restless;
a lump in your breast;
feeling like you might pass out;
pain, swelling, or tenderness in your stomach; or
jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Less serious side effects of estradiol may include:
mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps;
breast pain, tenderness, or swelling;
freckles or darkening of facial skin;
loss of scalp hair;
vaginal itching or discharge; or
changes in your menstrual periods, break-through bleeding.
Unfortunately, these are many of the same symptoms she was already experiencing. Now, all the symptoms she was experiencing are made worse as a result of this medication.
We have to look at this from the perspective that this is helping to prevent things like bone loss. It’s basically a necessary evil.
She’s going on her second week of wearing the patch and aside from the side effects, no changes yet.
Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
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