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 y 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?????