08-11-2018 09:24 PM
08-11-2018 09:13 PM
I’m from the September thread but was just looking at your comments below re menopause. I had a partial hysterectomy 9 years ago & started with menopausal symptoms a few years ago. I thought I was past that but having started chemo, the night sweats have come back with a vengeance. Until tonight, I had never heard of the magnet thing, but I have bought a cool pillow. It’s effectiveness is limited. It’s ok at the beginning of the night if you can stand the faint smell of rubber, but it does warm up during the night & gets a bit sticky. I’m always willing to try anything, but maybe you don’t need to spend too much on one - mine was from Boots by JML.
I did however try the tip of using 1/2 an effervescent vitamin c tablet before going to bed - just let it melt on your tongue. I didn’t have my first hot sweat till 4am which is a result for me. Also they’re great for helping with normal thrush, so results all round.
Best of luck with everything x
08-11-2018 06:17 PM - edited 08-11-2018 06:17 PM
@RedRose Ouch. I hope that if any of your nails do come off, it's at least less painful, and that they grow back swiftly.
@Georgie Gee I'm taking note of Sally's retort, as I can't think of anything cleverer or more satisfying to say in response to such an unthinking question. I also enjoyed the Titty Gritty blog post that @Linda mentioned. (I guess one upside of having most of my friends and all of my family in the US: most of the time, my support network is weighing in by email, so they have the luxury of rereading before hitting send.)
How did your Herceptin injection go today? Are you feeling better about radiotherapy? I know I feel better about what lies ahead for me on the RT front after hearing from Shi and others.
@Sally You are amazing. I've been trying to work throughout, but docetaxel is kicking my arse, to use the native parlance. (Is "arse" okay to say on the forum? Or should I be asterisking it out? I truly don't know.) I am in awe that you only missed your chemo days! (And jealous!)
@Kip A p.s.: How's your (suspected) seroma? Is it going down?
08-11-2018 06:00 PM - edited 08-11-2018 06:24 PM
@Kip Congratulations on your results! You must be thrilled. A bit startling to hear that chemotherapy can frazzle the lymph nodes, however... No one mentioned that this might happen before I started. Good luck with the radiotherapy planning -- it sounds like you will be done with RT just in time for Christmas, which is lovely. FYI, I've heard that your period might restart up to 12 months after finishing chemotherapy; after that point, it's very unlikely that it will restart again.
A magnet in your knickers???? The first thing I thought: another barricade to bedroom antics! A quick little bit of googling has me quite skeptical: https://www.healthline.com/health/menopause/magnets-for-menopause#does-it-actually-work
I have heard acupuncture can help with hot flushes, and meant to mention that side effect before my session on Tuesday at The Haven in London. I'll have to remember to mention it next time. (They offer a few sessions for free, so I'm trying it. Seems to help with my tingling hands and feet for a few days -- placebo effect, sensory distraction, acupuncture actually working? Who knows. Hot flushes would be a real test.)
08-11-2018 05:20 PM
Hi all, just thought I'd drop in to let you know I got the results of my ANC today and all the nodes were clear! Aparently I only had 4 nodes.. seems weird... but apparently the chemo frazzles them sometimes so thats all that was left. I now have a CT scan on Tuesday for planning the radiotherapy and then 3 weeks of radio to follow, starting about 2 weeks after. Also have to start Tamoxifen for 10 years!! Not looking forward to that but I'll do whatever it takes to beat this thing. Doctor said that I will in the menopause now and if I get any periods I have to let them know so that they can stop my ovaries from working. I also asked about future monitoring and she said I will be called for a mammogram on the 1 year anniversary of my first surgery (so May 2019) . I mentioned the fact that I was told my breast tissue was dense and shes said that Tamoxifen and chemo will have altered that but to mention it at mammogram and they may do an ultrasound!
The nurse mentioned hot sweats (as I am having some already) and has offered accupunture if they get too bad, also given leaflets for a magnet you wear in your knickers to help with menopause and a cool pillow thingy too! More bedtime reading for tonight.. anyone heard of these?
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RedRose, I'm starting rads on 26th November too, busy sorting out various chauffeurs to take me each day so DH doesn't have to do it all, especially with it being such a rubbish journey.
Feel for you with your nails not being stable, must be so awkward. Hope your unit has some helpful suggestions for you.
07-11-2018 02:37 PM
Oh Red 🌹 your poor nails, must make things difficult. I havent got a date for rads yet am hoping tomorrow i may have some idea though. Enjoy the circus havent been to one in years and dress shopping .. very exciting! Enjoy it all and dont think of this crap for a while if you can!