May 23, 2008 - 10:03 pm
So I went through chemo back in 2004-2005. Had all the usual side effects, and went through chemopause (about 15 years early in my family!) Never had hot flashes, but recently I've been sooo tired, had trouble sleeping, can't remember anything, and I figured out that hot flashes are waking me up at night and I'm getting about 4 hours of sleep, and it's been going on for months. Gee - no wonder I'm tired! So I went to my family doctor, who is the head of a teaching center for family medicine. She told me that because of the cancer, I couldn't take hormones, which are the standard treatment (blah blah blah - I knew that!) and plant hormones are just as bad (duh!) It's just menopause - should only last a year or so!
I was floored! She had nothing to offer me! She didn't seem to realize that I'm so freaking tired that I shouldn't even be driving and that I can't imagine going on like this! I wasn't there just to say "hi" - I'm desperate!
Since I've learned about about effexor for hot flashes on this board, I asked her about it and got a prescription. I'm still so shocked-mad-amazed that I'm not sure if I should even go to a family doctor - who are we suposed to see? I can't go to the onc for a pap, or every little thing - who do you see?