Mar 13, 2004 - 7:10 pm
I've been on chemo for about 6 months now after a lumpectomy. Things have gone fairly well except for the hot flashes. I'd been having some hot flashes before I started chemo, but once I was on chemo I was having 20+ hot flashes a day! My gynocologist put me on 75 mg effexor daily and that has helped some, especially during the day. The nights are still a horror. I seldom get more than 30-40 minutes of sleep at a time, the hot flashes often last 10 or more minutes, and if I'm not having a not flash then I'm freezing from the inside---piles of blankets don't warm me up. Black cohosh doesn't work for me, I'm not supposed to have large quantities of soy. I've pretty much cut out caffine and spicy foods. I'm already taking 400 units of vitamin E. I'm trying to exercise, but with chemo fatigue (it's not my blood count), arthritis, and fibromyalgia, it's been difficult. If I could get at least 5 hours of solid sleep all of the above would improve. Sleeping aids don't help. HELP! What do I do now?????