• Has anyone found a way to deal with hot flashes brought on by early menopause after chemo?

    Asked by Steph921 on Friday, January 18, 2013

    Has anyone found a way to deal with hot flashes brought on by early menopause after chemo?

    I finished chemo last October and before starting I was having mild hot flashes which stopped altogether during chemo but have come back with a vengance. I keep my house at 65 degrees at night but still wake up sweating and kicking off the covers several times a night them a few minutes later I'm freezing again. Needless to say, this in interfereing with sleep. Has anyone found anything that helps that's safe to do?

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    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Having control of the paddle fan remote at night! I sleep in short pajamas year-round (except once the last child goes off to college next fall - then it will be clothing-optional!), keep the heat down at 60 at night and my husband just puts on warmer pajamas and has extra blankets. He hasn't complained although he did get chilly at night during the summer when I had the paddle fan on full force. My neighbor actually confessed that he often sleeps in another bedroom than his wife.

      I found that it goes in spurts. During the summer, it was awful, but now that it's colder, I've been more comfortable at night. During the day, I wear layers.

      Unfortunately, my OB/GYN told me that he has 80-year old patients who are still having hot flashes. I'm not about to start taking hormone treatment, so I'm eager to hear if anything has worked for anyone else. I think I had heard Vitamin E?

      almost 4 years ago
    • cris' Avatar

      Before I was diagnosed with cancer I was getting hot flashes & nights sweats for the last five years, so I was taking Remifemin which can be bought over the counter & is estrogen free, Two months into my chemo my hot flashes & night sweats are gone thank god, I did continue taking it while I started chemo, but no longer need to. Just check with your doctor, hope this helps..

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I'm not sure what you mean by early menopause. You said you were having hot flashes before chemo and you indicate that you are 52. The average age for menopause is 51, so it sounds like you are going through a normal menopause and would be having the same symptoms even without having had chemo., Are you on an aromatase inhibitor? They can have hot flashes as a side effect. I don't really have any suggestions for how to deal with them other than the way you already are. Sometimes things just interfere with our sleep on occasion whether it is newborn babies wanting to be feed, sick kids needing meds or having nightmares, or hot flashes when we go through menopause.

      almost 4 years ago
    • lilnursey's Avatar

      my dr. had me take 500mg of magnesium a day it has worked for me have about 1 hot flash a month. When I have had to go off it because in hospital have about 5 a day ask your dr if maybe you can try it

      almost 4 years ago
    • MaryMoo's Avatar

      I take 900 mg of Neurontin (aka gabapentin) by prescription at night and it has made a big difference. My menopause was brought on by chemo and then worsened by tamoxifen and now arimidex. The Neurontin takes the edge off the hot flashes and makes me sleepy which is why I only take it at night. I try to avoid caffeine and spicy foods and that has helped as well. Good luck

      almost 4 years ago
    • Brownj1's Avatar

      Hi Steph,
      I also had menopause brought on by chemo. Even though I am fifty-one, I had regular periods up until my second round of chemo.Then sudden full-blown menopause hit me like a ton of bricks,made worse a few months later when I started tamoxifen, with hot flashes then freezing 24/7. I also found it very difficult tpo sleep at night. My doctor prescibed Effexor which has helped lessen the hot/cold flashes somewhat, to the point that I get fewer of them and they are alot less intense. Hope that this helps. Take care.

      almost 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      I had them before chemo, and then the steroids with chemo made me crazy with hot flashes. I finished chemo in Aug last year and started Tamoxifen in November. Still had the flashed a bit after chemo and thought I would get them more with the Tamoxifen. But, I needed to take B6 and Magnesium for neuropothy and muscle tightness from Taxol.. voila no more hot flashes! Side effect of these wonderful supplements is also reducution of hot flashes. Try to eat lots of greens as well. Cut down on sugar. And exercise.. get to a good cardio sweat. You will sleep better and hot flashes will subside. Hope these tricks work for you too!

      almost 4 years ago
    • raven's Avatar

      Quality of sleep is very important in our body's ability to heal itself. A woman that attends the same breast cancer support group that I do had great relief from acupuncture. She reported that one night, out of frustration, her husband sat up all night and reported that she only laid still, with out thrashing about, for one 20 minute stretch. She stated that it was because of the frequency and intensity of her hot flashes. She further states that she was unable to work her job as a nurse due to being tired and mentally disorganized. Shortly after starting acupuncture she was improved enough to start back to work. Needless to say she is a great advocate!

      almost 4 years ago
    • mcowett's Avatar

      I use a small drop of clary sage essential oil under my nose. It helps some.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      It's not a total solution, but Effexor has helped me a lot

      over 3 years ago
    • ladyntexas777's Avatar

      I am 3 years after chemo and surgical menopause, I am only 49. I find limiting my intake of caffeine helps. My hot flashes seem to occur on a timely basis -8pm until around 4am. I find that if I keep 1 leg out from under the covers I sleep better. I sleep in flannel bottoms and a tank top. I also have long hair so if I braid it at night that helps as well. Monitor the food you eat too. I find that since I am eating more seafood and less red meat I have less flashes, in fact they are no longer occurring everynight and when they do they are not as severe.
      My best suggestion is monitor what you are doing when they occur and see if there is a pattern.

      over 3 years ago
    • ladyntexas777's Avatar

      I am three years from a double mastectomy and surgical menopause at the age of 49. My flashes have now started becoming regular at 8pm til 4am. I have restricted my caffiene and red meat. I am eating more seafood which seems to have helped the issue. I sleep in flannel bottoms and an exercise bra, I also keep one leg out from the covers. This has made a huge difference in being able to sleep all night. I keep my air conditioner on 72 with a ceiling fan at night or sleep with the window open. Hang in there, the first year and half the sweats were horrible but they do lessen with time.

      over 3 years ago

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