I have had a radical hysterectomy and oophorectomy last September. I was initially put on HRT patches when I came out of surgery - I noticed that I felt better as the patch was wearing off. After a couple of weeks I ditched them altogether. At that point I was coping with the menopausal symptoms. By January the hot flushes were getting worse - so went to the GP - she put me on Estrogel. Within a week the pain had returned to my pelvis, bladder and chest - I went back to the GP who suggested I lower the dose - which I did, however the pain continued to increase my migraines returned last for over 2 weeks - the pain was so bad that I was hospitalised. I have since come of HRT altogether - the pain however is still there - to the level it was prior to my surgery. So now I have horrendous pain and hot flashes appx 2-4 per hour leaving me completely drenched then cold and shivering.