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Does anyone know of anything that will help with these symptoms? When I was diagnosed I was 39 years old and chemo put me into full menopause. I can't take hormones and lately I am always on edge, just mad at the world.

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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Hi Debbie. My heart goes out to you and all the young women who are thrown into early menopause because of their treatment, but it WILL get better. On my third mini-menopause. Did 5 years of Hormone Replacement Therapy until I had a stroke then had to do the immediate withdrawal thing. Now at 62, I'm on Femara to suck out the last bit of estrogen I make, but it's a doable tradeoff to starve rogue cells that might be out there. You've joined the Seasoned Woman's Society a little early, but you'll press through to the other side with the support of family, friends and the sisters on this wonderful site. For me, soft cotton nightgowns and pretty t-shirts helped with nightsweats-they will get better; cool drinks and cool baths helped with my broken inner thermostat; talk to your loved ones,if they're open to it, about the horrible moods and the whip-lash emotions that can run you ragged. For me, talking about it seemed to diminish their power over me. Most of all, when you're up to it, stay active and find an activity or exercise that will cause the release of those endorphins that give us that feeling of well-being. l've practiced yoga for years and it lowered my blood pressure to the point I'm now off the medicine, my flexiblity is almost back to normal since my surgery and makes me feel wonderful. I know how you feel. I just had my moment of light depression before I read your question, but sharing with you has made it flee. Thanks for your post. You helped me just by asking a question that we all share. You'll get great advice and a buffet of wisdom from the ladies. Hang in there. Stay in touch. God Bless. Jo
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    • debie barnes Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks for the advice! I will do my best to put it to good use. You always hear comments about women who have pms, but menopause puts that to shame!!!!

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    anonymous
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    Hi Debie As you I can't take any of those menopause medicine and as part of my breast cancer treatment I had to have a full hysterectomy which forced me into early menopause I have only now been given by my oncologist a natural solution she has put me on a tablet called Remifemin it's been used in Germany for over 50 years you can buy it over the counter comes in a box 200 tabs for about $38 been on them now 2 weeks and I feel heaps better fewer hot flushes and my husband and children are still alive lol she also has me taking krill oil and evening primrose oil perhaps speak to your oncologist hope this is of some help!! All the best take care
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    • debie barnes Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks for the advice.i have never heard of that. I will talk to my dr at my next appt.

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    • shen cruces Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Going through the same thing... Thanks for sharing!

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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Talk to your doctors. There is something that will help. Don't waste time it can be fixed.
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    • debie barnes Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks I will

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  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Not sure if an anti-depressant would help your edgy feelings but I ended up on something just due to the dx alone - felt the anxiety, frustration, etc and the zoloft has helped. I haven't had the menopausal symptoms but many women going through cancer take some meds to help them through!
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    • debie barnes Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was taking those in the beginning but they caused me a lot of different female problems.

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    Survivor since 2009
    Ask you doc for sure. I had very severe menopause problems, sweats, anxiety, agitation, extremity activity. My doc put me on vit e and citalopram for these symptoms and helped emensly. Good luck. It is hard, but positive attitude helps!
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    anonymous
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    Super B complex vitamins and celexa help me tons!! Buy the vitamins at a health food store and I went on celexa for anxiety and it helps with moods so much . Good luck
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    • debie barnes Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks I will try it!

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  • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I went through the same thing the first time I had breast cancer. I didn't have chemo but my blood markers for ovarian cancer were high so they took them out (no cancer, yay). But getting thrown into menopause isn't fun at all. I couldn't take anything and had to avoid Black Cohosh, which apparently is good for menopausal symptoms but that also mimics estrogen. I just lived with it. They continued longer because I was on Tamoxifen. As others have mentioned, talk to your doc to see if he/she has any recommendations. All I got was "get into the air conditioning" and "drink ice water." Investing in a good hand fan helped too. Remember, it's not forever!
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    • debie barnes Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm on that for 5yrs also , I've tryed talking to my dr about these issues and I don't get much out of him, I think he is used to his patients being older women and he's not usually prepared for some of my questions. I do get a laugh at that...

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      I'm on that for 5yrs also , I've tryed talking to my dr about these issues and I don't get much out of him, I think he is used to his patients being older women and he's not usually prepared for some of my questions. I do get a laugh at that though. Thanks so much!!

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      You're so welcome! Bummer about your doc and the lack of info from him. But there's really not a lot you can do. Carry tissues to "blot" if you sweat. Find one of those "clinical strength" deodorants so you don't have circles under your arms. ...

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      You're so welcome! Bummer about your doc and the lack of info from him. But there's really not a lot you can do. Carry tissues to "blot" if you sweat. Find one of those "clinical strength" deodorants so you don't have circles under your arms. You know those little hand-held fans you can get at places like Bed Bath & Beyond? Get one! I carried it around and used it, especially when no one was looking. ;-)

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