Mobility Issues and Fatigue

Sleep Disorders and Breast Cancer Treatment

PJ Hamel Health Guide February 05, 2007
  • As I write these words, it’s 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning. I was up till 1:30 a.m. working on tax documents and college financial aid forms. Hmmm, 3 1/2 hours of sleep–sound familiar? “How can you get by on so little sleep?!” That’s the question many of my friends pose ...

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  • Anonymous
    Ranjana Jethwa
    Mar. 17, 2011

    i tried melatonin and it works perfectly for me.  i used to drink myself to sleep every night until my breast cancer diagnosis.  then i drank sporadically.  thru' chemotherapy i was told i would not feel like i wanted a drink and sure enough i didn't need a drink nor did i drink.  the chemicals are so harsh and the liver must go thru' so...

    RHMLucky777

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    i tried melatonin and it works perfectly for me.  i used to drink myself to sleep every night until my breast cancer diagnosis.  then i drank sporadically.  thru' chemotherapy i was told i would not feel like i wanted a drink and sure enough i didn't need a drink nor did i drink.  the chemicals are so harsh and the liver must go thru' so much why add alcohol to it!  now i drink socially (again) in stead of daily but i do take one melatonin tablet one hour before i want to sleep and believe me it's the best thing that happened to me!

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Mar. 18, 2011

      I'm so glad you've stopped the heavy drinking - aside from increasing your risk of cancer recurrence, it's not good for you, in so many ways... And thanks for sharing the tip about the melatonin! I'll have to give that a try. PJH

  • dianec
    Nov. 12, 2008

    Hi,

    I had my last chemo in July. I was told it would take a month or two before I could sleep again.  That never happened.  I'm on effexor because the chemo put me into menopause.  With that and the tamoxifen I have severe hot flashes 10-15 times a day.  At least 5-6 during the night.  My oncologist put me on 371/2 dose but has since...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi,

    I had my last chemo in July. I was told it would take a month or two before I could sleep again.  That never happened.  I'm on effexor because the chemo put me into menopause.  With that and the tamoxifen I have severe hot flashes 10-15 times a day.  At least 5-6 during the night.  My oncologist put me on 371/2 dose but has since increased it to 75.  He also has me on ativan and alpromasal?(spelling).  It does allow me to fall asleep faster but after a month I'm still up 3-4 times and usually give in and just get up at 3:00am.  I see in the sharepost you may have written more on this subject.  Where can I find it?  I want off the narcotic drugs but since I work 10+ hours a day I really need sleep.

    Thanks,

    Dianec

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Nov. 12, 2008

      Hi Diane - So sorry for your challenges! It's tough, I know. So many of us go through this. Seven years later - still hot flashes, still waking 2-4 times a night. But time heals, for sure; flashes are less, sleeplessness is less. I wrote a series of posts on sleep issues - start here, and just go in order, I believe they're one after the other, date-wise. Good...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi Diane - So sorry for your challenges! It's tough, I know. So many of us go through this. Seven years later - still hot flashes, still waking 2-4 times a night. But time heals, for sure; flashes are less, sleeplessness is less. I wrote a series of posts on sleep issues - start here, and just go in order, I believe they're one after the other, date-wise. Good luck to you - hope you get some relief. Does your hospital have a sleep center? Worth checking - ours does. PJH

    • Anonymous
      dianec
      Nov. 13, 2008

      Hi PJ,

      Thanks so much!

      Diane