The Lancet Oncology, a monthly British journal focusing on
cancer research, contains a small article in its June edition that will
probably slip right past most people. But for millions of women worldwide, this
article may hold the key to their health and happiness for years to come.
A new all-natural mood elevator? Safe, side effect-free
birth control? Maybe the second coming of Retin-A? How about a possible cure for hot flashes ? Now we're
cookin' - literally!
Hot Flashes and Breast Cancer Treatment
Hot flashes are one of the truly annoying side effects of
many types of breast cancer treatment. They're not going to kill you (though
they may make you want to kill the doc who sent you down the hot-flash path).
They're not 100% debilitating like, say, the crushing fatigue of radiation or
overwhelming nausea of chemo experienced by some of us. No, hot flashes are
just annoying. REALLY annoying. Like, if there had been an Eighth Plague of
Egypt, hot flashes would have...
I have been taking Imitrex for about 20 yrs. with very good results. In the last five yrs or so, after taking the Imitrex, I get body aches and joint pain. I also get sensations of heat, that feel like hot flashes. Is this normal? I am now 65 yrs old. Thank you, Louise.
Without examining you and perhaps seeing the results of an EKG, we can't really say if these reactions are "normal." We have patients older than you who continue to use medications in the triptan family (such as Imitrex), but we do require that our older patients have a standard cardiac evaluation to evaluate them for cardiovascular issues. Since these are new symptoms for you, they should be discussed with your doctor to be on the safe side.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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I have suffered from migraines since I was a child, and I am 29. I have tried tons of different meds for it. Not really sure why I get them, I wake up from my sleep with them. Usually I will wake with like a hot flash a few hours before it hits. Why is this? I also had one last nite and part of my face was numb and this has happened before. Just wondering. Thanks! Holly.
The most common triggers for waking with a Migraine are sleep issues:
too much sleep
too little sleep
poor quality sleep
irregular sleep schedule
Have you and your doctor discussed your sleep? If not, you should. Many people really have no idea they're have sleep issues until a doctor asks the right question. There's information on this in our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep . If it turns out that a sleep issue is not the problem, then identifying your triggers should still be a priority.
As for the hot flash, are you near menopaus...
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