• Return of period???

    Asked by pattiep on Monday, June 27, 2016

    Return of period???

    Hi- I was just about in menopause when diagnosed at age 48. Spotting mostly for 6 months, 1 period then No period for 4 months leading up to chemo. No sign of a period after that. I never had hot flashes like my family but I had these weird hot and cold sweats/ flashes I thought were because it was chemopause. Especially my head.
    3 years since chemo has ended and Saturday night I started a bad headache, crampy stomach. Woke up with spotting in underwear. Nothing rest of day except headache and pressure on lower abdomen. Late this morning toilet paper definitely pink and more than yesterday.
    Called oncologist. Took hours before office told me to call gynecologist. Waiting to hear back from them to schedule vaginal ultrasound.
    I am totally freaked out and convinced this can only be a negative event. I'm terrified by how negative it might be! Had this happened to anyone else???

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    • Jane1212's Avatar

      PattieP- I think the thickness refers to the endometrial layer. But there is a lot of stuff that can go on with it that isn't cancer or isn't cancer...yet. So, something to stop the bleeding and I would want a biopsy especially since you have had cancer before. Sounds like you are feeling ok about the possibility of a hysterectomy and that's probably your worse case scenario. There is a lot they can do besides that if it isn't cancer but get ready for 6 weeks off and a return of menopause symptoms for a bit. :-/ BTW, I am 6 months out of surgery and the menopause symptoms are less than before the surgery so that part is temporary.

      over 2 years ago
    • theresarae's Avatar

      I understand that worry. My chemo put me into menopause. A few short months it came back with a vengeance. My Doctor then put me on tamoxifen. Even worse. I couldn't make it out of my bed to the bathroom without it looking like someone had been murdered. Found a great OBGYN. She worked with my Oncologist. I had to stay on the tamoxifen because there was nothing else for pre-menopausal. They tried putting me on hormones to stop the bleeding but this is dangerous because I'm hormone receptor positive. After many biopsies of my uterus, they gave me an ablation. This helped a ton., After 6 months, the periods started again but were just a little spotting. I made it 11 months without bleeding. My cancer had returned in the other breast. Two days before my surgery all XXX broke loose and I was back to bleeding like before. Crazy. Now I get an infusion shot each month called Zylodex. My body now thinks its in menopause. I also take letrozole. The tamoxifen made everything worse for me, and it obviously didn't work for me. The bottom line is none of the bleeding meant that I had cancer there. None of the symptoms down there meant it was cancer. I was totally freaking out and probably made things a little worse.
      Try not to panic until you have proof of something to panic about. Once you get diagnosed with Cancer, every thing that comes up you panic. I know, its scary. I still freak out. Come here to this website anytime. This site has helped me so many times, especially when I'm freaking out. God Bless you and your family.

      over 2 years ago
    • pattiep's Avatar

      My ultrasound is on Tuesday the 5th and my follow up visit is the 8th with the gynecologist. My oncologist and breast surgeon know I'm going. Thanks again for the support. I am trying to keep positive thoughts going.

      over 2 years ago

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