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11/18/10 10:55 A

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Ended up at my GP 2 weeks ago (with pneumonia of all things) and he said in all likeliness it was peri-menopause and to track it until I saw my GYN this spring. If I had any other weird symptoms to call early, but he felt it was probably just peri-menopause knocking on my door. Since he is my ex-oncologist and he was not overly concerned, that's my line and I'm sticking to it! :)

Thanks for the input.

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10/15/10 12:55 P

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My period stopped in the middle of my chemo. I threatened my husband, saying if he got me pregnant again, we were going to have a problem (we have two children, 18 and 21.)

It turns out the chemo basically dumped me into menopause, and I haven't had a period in more than two years. Go see your doctor. It can't hurt.

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10/15/10 12:05 P

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Better safe than sorry, even tho it does sound like peri-menopause to me too... Good luck


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LHUGHES69's Photo LHUGHES69 Posts: 56
10/15/10 10:51 A

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My doc did the endometrial biopsy thing a year ago at my 3 year mark with Tamoxifen...and that was when my cycles were running long. He's planning on doing another one in a couple more years to keep his eye on how things are going. I love my docs, they are doing an awesome job making sure I'm doing well.

I think I will call doc and see what they think. It'll have to wait until after the 3Day next weekend, though. I'm already behind on my work hours for this payperiod and can't afford anymore time off. All these sick people in my house! It's probably just another wonderful sign of peri-menopause, but as you say better safe to check it out.

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10/15/10 9:10 A

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Lghughes,
I finished my chemo Sept 7th and will be starting Tamoxifen (not thrilled about this) ~ next week (I wanted to wait 6 weeks so that I would be able to tell if the side effects were from Tamoxifen).

Anyway, in my research on Tamoxifen one of the things that they said was a potential (albeit slim) side effect is increased risk of endometrial cancer (oddly enough, they use a drug to prevent breast cancer that may cause another type of cancer - doesn't make sense to me)... they suggested to keep an eye on breakthrough bleeding - which is what it sounds like you have. Who knows!

My general rule of thumb is "if in doubt".... "check it out"! If it is anything of medical concern, the faster you catch it - the better. Know what I mean? That is just my thought.

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10/15/10 8:42 A

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I'm sure some of this is related to your age perhaps. I can't help as at 51 yrs old, the first chemo finished my menses (best thing breast cancer did for me) No side effects w/Tamoxifen except some joint aches which the doc felt was my age. now I find out others had them too.

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LHUGHES69's Photo LHUGHES69 Posts: 56
10/15/10 7:41 A

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I haven't been able to tell I'm on Tamoxifen this last year or so. I have the rouge hot flash now. My weight is pretty much my own fault and age. When I first started taking Tamoxifen, the hot flashes were more often than not. I seem to run a higher temperature and less tolerant of heat now. Mood swings were bad the first year and have settled into just a PMS kinda thing.

I wish I could have had a hysterectomy/oopherectomy after my last child. I've had a history of endometriosis and fibroids. And since they won't let me even consider having another child, the whole department is of no use anymore. So, why keep it if it's only annoying me.

Interesting with your bc diagnosis... the year before I had Kathryn (first child) we were having issues with short/long periods. One month was 22-24 days the next it would be 32-36 days. That was the year before the diagnosis of bc.

I've liked Tamoxifen. My mom took it for 5 years and had no side-effects at all. I think it all depends on how your body responds as to which one will be best for you. But with Tamoxifen, it took probably the better part of a year before things "settled".

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10/15/10 7:25 A

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My periods changed right after my daughter in '94, she's 16 now. I am currently 47 and the last 7 years my periods came every 22 days, they move closer together before they move further apart. Periods became heavier with year until this year I hemorraged and had a hysterectomy 4 weeks ago today. Keep an eye on your iron should your menses become heavier and if you you are changing less than every two hours talk to you dr. I wish I could have had abna ablation but I had fibroids, cysts and endometriosis (years ago) and interesting enough when I went 32/45 days I was diagnosed with bc. Tamox can put you in a temporary menopause but sometimes it has no effect on menses once you have been on it for awhile. Question, what side effects if any did you have on the tamox? what about weight gain or losss? I have to make a decision about it or an inhibitor....any info would be great...thanks Chris

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10/15/10 7:15 A

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I'm 41 and have been on Tamoxifen for 4 solid years now. When I finished my chemo, my periods were slightly irregular at first then, in year 2 they really wigged out with a spread of 30-45 days or more, never less than 30 days. I was tested that year for peri-menopause and it wasn't. Then they settled back in a more normal 27-30 day range for the last almost year or so.

This month, the count is only 17 days and lasted barely a day. For whatever reason, I had a period come WAY early. My mom is laughing at this saying it's early peri-menopause. And I might add it HAD to do this the day before our anniversary (and the hubby and I were going to sneak away from the kids for the night).

Anybody else have this situation or similar? Does this warrant a call to the GYN?

Or is it some cruel twist of fate. Ack.

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