Hi, when I went through the menopause I had terrible symptoms and a GP who told me it was a 'natural process all women have to go through' and would not prescribe me any HRT so I just took herbal supplements which did help
After a lumpectomy for left breast cancer in July 20223 I have been prescribed Letrozole which is giving me the same side effects which are - hot flushes followed by immediate headache, night sweats disturbed sleep, nightmares, migraines, mood changes, weight gain, and a constant swooshing in my left ear which is really weird!
My cancer was found in a routine mammogram at Stage 2 and there were no cancer cells in my lymph nodes (2 were removed) further testing showed I didn't need chemotherapy and there is a 13% chance of recurrence, I am to have 5 sessions of Radiotherapy staring this week, From what I have read the medication can give up to 50% reduction of the cancer recurring so its not guaranteed to stop it returning (Ii am also taking the tables for the bone density and that seems to be ok)
Taking all that into consideration my question are:
Do I really need to take this medication?
Will the side effects subside or get worse?
Can I take herbal medication with it to combat the side effects?
If I need to take it is there an alternative I can try?
I really dont want to go through all the menopause symptoms for the next 10 years!
Thank you for your advice