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    Hi Bloo,

    Also 2b invasive as well as DCIS, also Chicago area. I went through 6 rounds of chemo this time last year. Please get a second opinion. Your doctor won't be offended and a second opinion will confirm or deny the treatment plan. There are lots of great oncologists in our area. Also, there's a local group called The Licorice Project that's having a group get together this month that you might want to consider if you are near the north shore. Let me know if I can help! ~Amy

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    Acw asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Horrible Hot Flashes

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      VivianT

      I found the acupuncture worked the best. I am not sure if it was the needles or the relaxation techniques they used.

      about 4 years ago
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      Tobysmom

      Black cohosh a herb suppilment found in the vitaimin section of Walmart or similar stores. Try if you haven't yet, I used during memapause, it stopped the hot flases and night sweats. So far I haven't had any problems, with my hormone treatment, but only on for 6 weeks.

      Hope it works !!!!!!!!!!!

      about 4 years ago
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      Redled

      Have you tried Effexor XR. That is the only thing that worked for me.

      about 4 years ago
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    Acw asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Anyone Have Continuous Fatigue For Months?

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      5 mo away from 3 year anniversary since last treatment ....and still get fatigued around 6 pm everyday.

      almost 4 years ago
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      smishik

      I had a lumpectomy and 37 sessions of radiation. I was done on Dec. 7 2012 and I still get fatigued. I haven't established any routine or anything but it seems to come randomly. I am a widow so there is no one to help me out when I really need someone. My kids are grown and they don't seem to understand. They get upset with me if I get emotional or upset easily and they don't understand it is most likely from the cancer.

      almost 4 years ago
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      mariet615

      I was 6 months out from my last treatment and surgery when I was hit with fatigue and insomnia. I, too, went to a psychiatrist for help. His first goal was to get me sleeping. When the regular sleep medications did not put me to sleep, he suggested that I get a sleep study. I had one, but it was declared invalid because I slept less than 2 hours. I'm having that redone next week. I also took Adderal to help with the fatigue. It helps; just watch for irritability, because its part of the 'energy' that comes. I've learned over the past 2 years that I've had this fatigue that there's one more component most oncologists aren't aware of, and that is to have an endocrinologist check you out. I found out recently that I have adrenal fatigue syndrome--caused by the stress from the cancer and treatments. There's no cure for this, but low dose steroids can help the symptoms (like the Adderal, there are side effects).
      If you are near a university medical center, see if you can find a PCP to coordinate your care, and guide you to the appropriate specialists. There are many causes to fatigue that may not be related to your cancer, but be age or other related. It takes the right team of specialists to diagnose and treat you.
      God be with you and bless you with answers and a cure for your problem.

      almost 4 years ago
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    Loss (Body part/function): My breast no longer looked like mine, it was scarred and looked like it belonged to someone else. I was very afraid of my boyfriend's reaction to it.