I started taking Tamoxifen in January 2014 as a preventive measure when a nodule in my left breast had a marker that indicated a higher risk of cancer. Since my maternal gran had breast cancer, these two solid risk factors were enough to convince me — so, I began my dirty dance with Tam.
Which promptly blasted me into menopause, at age 51. While I'm sure that menopause is never a cakewalk, I have to believe that being artificially blasted into it is the worst way to go. It has NOT been fun.
And it's not like all this will stop when I go off the Tam on March 1, 2019 (not that I'm counting the days) (but it isn't December 31, 2018, as I'd hoped, because my doc reminded me that I went off it for two months for my knee surgery) (which possibly made me howl a little bit, right in her office, possibly I did that, possibly).
I've been having hot flashes and night sweats since 2014, and if anything they're getting worse or at least more frequent.
Today I consulted Dr. Google, who says, "Oh, yeah, the conventional wisdom of 'three years' turns out to be bogus, it's probably more like 7 to 11 years." Dr. Google adds that it's worse for women who are overweight and stressed. Awesome.
But wait! Dr. Google is not all Debbie Downer; there are some natural remedies, including:
Stay away from caffeine, alcohol, hot beverages, and spicy foods!
I guess I'll live with the sweat.