Womb (uterus) cancer

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HRT vs low dose antidepressants vs plough on and hope for the best

Arla
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Hi All,

I am really struggling with sleep deprivation / fatigue and cyclical low moods from my menopause, my lows come in cycles but I get really really down. When I'm out of them I'm back to my normal self.

Anyway, I saw a menopause specialist who has told me my options are HRT (if my gynaecologist oncologist signs this off as my cancer is oestrogen dependent) or a low dose anti depressant.  I'd be keen to hear what you all think of this and whether you have any other ideas to help my symptoms or experience to share. 

Have any of you with an oestrogen dependent cancer tried HRT? How have you found it? 

Has anyone else tried HRT and did it make a significant improvement on your quality of life?

Has anyone tried the low dose antidepressants? Were they beneficial? 

I'm struggling to accept a pharmaceutical solution as in my mind it's only a temporary fix and I'll need to come off them at some point in the future.

xxx

Fairycake
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Hi , it takes courage to admit that you're struggling with some things right now. Thank you for being brave enough to share this. I've no experience to offer as I was post menopausal when diagnosed, but I can send you some gentle, sympathetic hugs. Remembering you in my thoughts and prayers. Lots of love xx

Arla
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Thanks fairycake, lots of love coming your way too, your posts always cheer me up. Xxx

Georgette
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Hi Arla,

So sorry that you are suffering like this. I cannot advise on HRT or antidepressants,but have you considered acupuncture. I am going back a few years but I do know of two people  that found it very helpful during the menopause.

I do hope that you find something that helps.

Take care, Georgette xx

Arla
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Hi Georgette, 

ill look into that, thanks xx

GBear
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Hi , as you know I have a few things going on that I haven't really shared here and I often wonder if some it at least are because of going into the surgical menopause, as we both have done its so sudden and I think sometimes our bodies have trouble excepting what's happening. I struggle with fatigue a lot and on my last visit to the oncologist he did say I could ask about alternative to HRT from my GP which isn't an anti depressant. So maybe worth asking about HRT alternative as like you I have been adviced against normal HRT. Also worth asking for a full vitamin check up blood test, I discovered recently that one of the problems I am experiencing is with my immunity and I am low on zinc which is a very important one apparently but also been told to take supplement for it and  vitamin C and D but to hold off calcium because of malabsorption problems. If your lacking any of your vitamin its going to make you very tried because your body is struggling. 

  GBear Xxxx 

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NannyAnny
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Hi Arla,

I was on anti depressants after the birth of my second child. I started problems when I stopped breast feeding her and my hormones and my sleep patterns were all over the place. The tablets helped, but I found it hard when I was told to come off them! I had become quite dependant on them.

I, personally, wouldn't touch HRT. I had so much trouble with hormones after 2 miscarriages that I vowed never to mess with them again!!! My girls thought I was moody, but I don't remember that!!  I'm not sure how long your menopause symptoms will last, but aren't you two years down the line already? They should get less with time.

I think Gbear has some good points.

Keep your chin up xxxxxxxx

Arla
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Thanks Nannyanny & Gbear,

The full check up is a good idea, to make sure there is nothing else underlying. Nannyanny, what you say is what I fear, I've got two years down the line and surely it can't last much longer and if I start taking something and become dependent on it, how will I ever get off it. It's not easy knowing what's best, im not going to do anything until after my two year check up so I've got a bit of time to mull things over.

xxx