Fatigue and menopause

Is the menopause causing you to feel exhausted?


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  • Jean 's photo avatar
    Jean — 10.06.2021 09:32
    Hi I had breast cancer 6 years ago and was put into a forced menopause 2 years ago I eat well sleep well don't drink alcohol but I am so tired to the point it is making me depressed I find doing daily tasks so difficult and I live on my own with my young daughter I can't rake hrt as it is not recommended after cancer also I am told I snore so bad I am wondering could this be the reason thank you


    • eileen's photo avatar
      eileen — 10.06.2021 09:18
      Hi Jean Excessive snoring can indicate a condition called Sleep Apnoea; this condition can cause symptoms such as: Waking up with a very sore or dry throat. Loud snoring. Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation. Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day. Sleepiness while driving. Morning headaches. Restless sleep. so it may be wise to get a general health check from your doctor just to rule this out. I would also ask them to test you for low iron, low thyroid function, low vitamin D and B12 as all of these can cause fatigue, low mood/depression too.


  • Elizabeth downie's photo avatar
    Elizabeth downie — 20.09.2017 13:46
    i am taking oestrogel and utrogestan but i am so tired and fatigued xx


    • eileen's photo avatar
      eileen — 21.09.2017 13:23
      Hi Elizabeth If you a re still not feeling better on your medication it is important to go back and see your doctor. Ask them to check the fatigue further (such as low iron or low thyroid function) and also to see if this combination is the best one for your specific situation.


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    Sue — 17.08.2017 06:33
    Hi, I am 53 and had breast cancer 3 years ago, since then I have taken Tamoxifen. Last year I had a full hysterectomy. Since then I have gradually felt more and more poorly. I am having hot flushes half hourly during the day. At night I am awake although feeling exhausted, I have hot sweats every hour or so making me feel as if I am about to have a panic attack. I have been on Citalipram and other drugs but have refused anymore as symptoms were not improving and I felt more sluggish and out of control. I am lacking confidence, I feel exhausted, I need to sit /sleep every afternoon, my joints ache so much and even more after excercise. This is so miserable! Can you help me with any advice or products?


    • Ruth James's photo avatar
      Ruth James — 03.09.2017 16:24
      Hi Sue. I am a breast cancer surgeon and would strongly recommend that you speak to your breast care nurse and oncologist about your symptoms. They will have good advice about how to manage them safely. It is important not to take any herbal remedys without discussing it with your doctor. Many of these products contain phytoestrogens. Some women with a history of estrogen sensitive breast cancer do decide to take HRT because their menopausal symptoms are making their lives a misery but this decision should only be made after you have had a full discussion about the risks involved.


    • Eileen's photo avatar
      Eileen — 04.09.2017 12:17
      Hi Ruth Thank you for replying to Sue.


    • Jean 's photo avatar
      Jean — 10.06.2021 10:32
      That is great to now that you can still take HRT even though you are estrogen sensitive thank you


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