Iv been having Acupuncture weekly since diagnosis in May 18, I’m now in menopause and the acupuncture has been amazing, highly recommended.
Acupuncture helped with chemo SE, recovery from surgery, and now Radiotherapy.
Lots of luck ladies
Hi there ladies,
I have been reading these posts with interest. I am in the middle of a "Moving Forward" course run by BCC, and last week's session was about menopause symptoms.
One of the lovely ladies on the course mentioned menopause underwear as working wonders, because of its "wicking" properties. These properties "wick" sweat away from your body and are designed to keep you cool. She added that it is quite expensive, but as an alternative, sports clothes with wicking properties can be purchased in places like TK Maxx, or in outdoor activity shops such as Mountain Warehouse/Go Outdoors.
Anyone suffering hot flushes or night sweats may want to see whether this works for them. I have one old wicking top that I had noticed was particuarly comfortable since my symptoms started, but until last week hadn't really thought about why.
This reply a bit late for the OP but might help others. I have been referred for auricular accupunture - it's funded through macmillan I believe and takes place at our chemo unit and is their go to therapy for hot flushes. 3 weeks in and there is a definite improvement already. They say 6 sessions is the point at which you can tell if it has worked. There really is nothing worse over night - hope your's has improved . X
Same here I take mitrazapine also an antidepressant ,half a tablet before bed ,it was prescribed to help with flushes.
It works but is like a sedative and feel spaced out in day .
I find high strength Evening Primrose helpful, and I know when I've missed a tab. But . . . my flushes are menopausal, not due to hormone treatment tabs. There's controversy about whether EP mimics oestrogen (phyto-oestrogens?) and therefore whether advisable, but there's also info to support it usefulness in locking onto the Oestrogen receptor sites of cells, so blocking the more harmful natural oestrogen from attaching to them, and therefore preventing it's unwanted stimulative effects when tumours have been +ve. Guess its always best to check with your onco team.
I always wear nighties - you get more air ciculation to the body. M & S do some "wicking" ones. Also, I always have a top sheet, so that I'm still covered by a finer layer, if I have to fling off the duvet, but don't then get quickly chilled.
Thank goodness for this cooler weather. Sad, but I no longer enjoy Summers since the menopause.
And yes, I've heard a lot of people mention Sage tea to be helpful.
Hope you find something. Guess it's chucking a combination of everything at it to combat it.
Hot sweats don't stop after radiotherapy it's the letrozole.
They usually at night but some days are less frequent think it depends what you eat or drink cool drinks better and alcohol makes it worse.
I bought a mini fan for when one comes on ,it's a nightmare I just seem to catch up on sleep in day.
Only felt a few aches in joints when initially get up in morning.
Know this is not much help.
Had mastectomy and reconstruction February and still no further forward.
Hi Pauline, that darned old Letrozole!! I've been on it for exactly a year now and I think I've got it sorted. Famous last words, huh?
I've had three different brands, but have found one is better for me. I stick with TEVA, although ACCORD is a close second.
Sugar affects me close to bedtime I realised after keeping a food habit diary. So no more choccy biccys with my night time cuppa in bed! 😢
Being really tired seems to make the sweats worse . So earlier to bed and read my book a bit longer.
My joints aren't too bad, yet. I go to TaiChi and Pilates at my local Maggies and know that is really helpful. It's just getting the synovial fluid moving around the joints that staves off the pain.
if you go onto the treatment thread there is a whole section on Letrozole, and night sweats. Loads of ladies on there with advice from myrtle tea to knicker magnets!!!!
Hope you can get some relief from the sweats. In the meantime, cotton jimjams and a hand towel to bed, as well as a chill pillow might be your option. X