Why is it that every time I pick up a magazine, watch an advert, turn on a tv chat show, it’s always about the bloody M word, M as in Menopause?!
It’s a bit like when you buy a new car and you start noticing cars like yours everywhere! Maybe they’ve always been there? but I guess at 39 I wasn’t always looking out for Menopausal articles, I thought I’d have another 15 years before I had to deal with all that crap!
I used to feel the cold so much, I know I know I am a bloody Northener, I should be used to the cold but I always felt like my thermostat was 10c below everyone else’s. Now it’s more like 4 bloody seasons in a day, I’m worse than the british weather for my ups and downs in temperature! One minute I’ll be in my jumper, coat, hat – the next I’m stripping off to my knickers!!! – thank goodness I work from home!!
Don’t get me wrong I am very thankful to have hormone therapy in order to help reduce the risk of Lenny or any of his mates returning but some days I just wish the hot flushes / night sweats would pi$$ right off!
Take this weekend, girlie spa day, all relaxed having my back massaged when guess who turns up, uninvited!!!!!!! Yep, Harry the fricking hot flush!!
Thankfully I had already explained to the therapist that Harry could make an appearance, she ended up spending half the massage taking off the blanket, back on, back off, back on!!!!
Oh well it didn’t spoil the weekend!
I’ve also had to change my wardrobe too, I know any excuse to shop but on a serious note, I have to really think about what I wear especially on an evening out when the hot flushes seem to go on overdrive. Sleeveless is usually the option, just need to get rid of these bingo wings!!
Apparently there are 34 side effects of Menopause, Hot flushes and night sweats being top of the list.
Apart from the hot flushes, my side effects so far on the tamoxifen have been minimal. I guess I was expecting my “mood” to be worse, I do find my mood can change but my magic oils seem to be really helping there, don’t know how I would cope without them!!
Oh and guess whose had their eyebrows waxed last week? yep that will be me! Another tick on the hair growth box!
The hair is also continuing to grow, had to order myself some more magic Rosemary oil and I am so excited that I’ve had to order some conditioner! I’ve not had to use conditioner for months!!!
It won’t be long and I will be having to get the cobwebs off the hairdryer! Although not quite sure how hot flushes and hairdryer will mix, I’ll probably need another bloody shower after drying it!
But It’s these little things that mean so much to us Cancer Survivors!
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This is a great post. I also started taking Tamoxifen when I was 38 and had no idea that menopausal symptoms would be this bad. I had hot flashes, heavy sweating, joint pains, couldn’t sleep at night, and was nauseous. It got so bad that my oncologist prescribed me 20mg of Celexa (an antidepressant-SSRI) which is working, though it has its own side effects. Good luck in managing your hot flashes!
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