Sue C.... am happy for you to hear that it a cyst!! It's best to check out every concern as to put our mind at ease.
Jill..... so sorry to hear that you had a tough night and hard day. Hope that all will get better as the day progresses.
As for me, my anxiety started at wee hours of the morning and have been trying to counter it with the breathing techniques. Can't seem to shake off the sad feeling!!
Have a lovely day and hugs to all
I was just flicking through the threads and I noticed something about lungs.
Like Jill, I had Asthma for years but now I have Bronchiectasis. At my pre-op assessment, my peak flow reading was very low , so I have to go for a Lung Function Test, before the Op.
Blueash, I will try the breathing exercise xx
You want to fully empty your lungs - then you can fill them up again.
Most people breath badly - in that their breathing is too shallow. You don't get as much oxygen as you are capable of when that happens. More oxygen means that you will not be as tired/fatigued as you might be.
When I was on chemo my bloods went too low to continue and they were talking about giving me a blood transfusion. My blood was not able to carry oxygen - nothing the matter with my lungs or my breathing, just that my blood could not carry enough oxygen.
That is not uncommon and it gets worse with every round of chemo which is why you feel worse after each one. Also that's why they give you a blood test before so that they can judge if it is safe to give you the next dose. Sometimes they reduce the dose or give you longer in between. In my case they stopped and brought the rads forward. They were OK about stopping because I am also having Herceptin.
I forgot to say - still breathing in for a count of 4 or 5 and breathing out for a count of 6 or 7 if you can manage it.
If that is too long then a comfortable count BUT make sure you breathe out for longer than you breathe in.
Jill, I can coach you on breathing.
Wear loose fitting clothing around your waist, sit in a dining type chair, feet on the floor and keep a straight but not stiff back. You want your nose,chin and belly button in a straight line.
Then breathe in for a count of 4 and breath out for a count of 6.
Do that for a few minutes 2 or 3 times a day. When you can do that comfortably move on to the following.
Get a lightweight magazine - lightweight as in does not weigh much, it is a prop you are not going to read it!!
Lie down flat on the floor on a carpet. I would prefer you not to use a pillow but if it is too uncomfortable without don't use a huge one.
I am going to teach you how to use your diaphram when you breath.
Put the magazine on your tummy, I want you to lie flat, arms comfortably away from your sides, palms facing the ceiling, feet about a foot apart and let the toes fall out so your feet form a V shape.
Now for some conscious breathing - I want you to breath in and lift the magazine with your tummy as you breath in.
Yes that's right - lift the magazine with your tummy as you breath in.
Then I want you to let the magazine fall when you breath out.
Do that for a few minutes a couple of times a day.
Yes, I went for a class. After reading and researching, thought I would give this a try. For the exercise and also, to be calmer from the anxiety...... amongst others
I did enjoy the class, learning to breath ..... can't believe that I am learning how to breath properly.....and doing the exercises......Must say that, I do feel better
Yes, Jill, me too.... breathing too fast and shallow, most times feel that I can't get enough breath. Today, I learnt so much.....didn't even know that we have upper lobes, mid lobe and bottom lobes to fully breath in to.
You can get more info under - Yoga Breathing Exercises or Pranayama
There's a website you could have a look, under Health and Yoga
Good day today, went with my son to meet his friends 11 week old baby Jacob and have spent the last couple of hours having a cuddle, great way to relax and de stress.
Hope everyone is haveing a good day as well
Hello, Jill..... how are you today?
Sue C.... nice to hear that you are alright
Today i started on yoga, learning to breath properly and realising how rusty my body is!! Must say that it does feel good although exhausted.
Totally agree, mornings are the worst. Maybe, it's the strain or fear of facing another day......
Have an anxious / worry free day, Ladies..... try to ❣️
Just had a little catch-up read. Jbelle - you are not going crazy, promise! But I'm sorry you've had a tough day.
Jill, ooops, I blame the tree. What a nerve, are you ok?
Janey, the sun has finally come out here in East Anglia, have you managed to get back into the garden? I too love to garden and it makes me happy. Last winter the OH and I planted a baby oak on a piece of land we own, by the spring it was a twig with 5 leaves and now it is a slightly taller twig with 5 leaves and about 7 little branches and more leaves coming. I am so excited.
Mary, I'm loving the fellow wobblers thing.
I know it is a bit late in the day but here is my funny medical story......... My Mum met my Godmother when they were both in the maternity hospital, shall we call her Enid....... Anyway, after she had had her baby her husband gave her a huge bunch of those lovely smelly lilies you can buy. One of the long brown stamens from one of the lilies must have found it's way into her wash bag and ended up in the bath water when she had her first bath in the hospital after giving birth (it was 60 years ago). So when the long brown stamen floated past her in the bath water she was so horrified she just screamed the place down thinking something something vital had come adrift inside. Big panic apparently and lots of running Doctors and Midwives. Poor thing....... I'm sure I would have done the same.
Peaceful dreams my wobblie chums, better days are coming.......
Many thanks, Jill..... will definitely call my doctor to discuss the break from Tamoxifen.
Appreciate that you have put things into perspective ......
Oh dear.... are you alright? Is it a bad cut? Hope that all is okay
Whenever....at every appointment, I brought up this subject, my oncologist just tell me to take my antidepressants and insisted that I continue on Tamoxifen.
Actually, I have never thought that I could take a break and I was too afraid to stop taking because I fear recurrence.
Now that you have pointed out to me, I would discuss with him on taking a break.
Take good care, Jill ❤️
This forum has helped me..... knowing that I am not alone in battling anxiety and reading all the ladies struggles made me realised that I am not going nutty.
Have been on Tamoxifen for 4 years. Initially, started with joint aches / stiffness, night sweats, hot flushes then following year, extreme skin dryness, weight gain then low moods/ anxiety got progressively worse.
Thats why, I asked my doctor, how long more it takes for my body to get use to being menopausal.... how long more do I have to struggle emotionally? Finally, he did say that .....let's see how it goes this year and then switch to other alternative.....which I have yet to further discuss.
Thank you, Jill for talking to me..... it is helping to make my day better 😘
Yes, Jill, it seem forever..... today seem so long and been crying on and off.... really dunno why.
Being alone also doesn't help..... when my hubby is around, most times, I still feel alone. On top of that, my family don't even ask how am I doing..... they behave like I am having a flu bug!!
I am on Tamoxifen and my doctors confirmed that my mental / emotionally condition is due to chemo and this med. They have advised me to give it some time for my body to get use to the menopausal state and it will get better with time. I really hear the doctors but how long is that going to be?
Honestly, I never thought that the treatments and Tamoxifen will have such big impact on my mental / emotionally state.
Sorry, Jill ..... for being such a crybaby......
Thank you for the big hug, ladybowler and Sue C........needed that!
Dunno what is wrong with me ..... today, my hot flushes are coming hourly.....feeling really tired, down and sad, for no reason.....also had a cry, don't know why 😥...... feel so overwhelmed with everything.
When would this ever pass??
Sorry ladies for my wobbly state....