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Unread 05-18-2003, 01:35 PM
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Hello ladies. I have a few questions I've been wondering out. TAH BSO was 5/7 and things are going pretty well. I have my post op appointment on Tues, 5/20, but wanted to get some feedback from you.
When, if at all did you start having menopause symptoms post-op? I've been getting hot at night (no fever), and wondering if this is the beginning or if my comforter is too much. I've been worried and waiting for these symptoms to come on and hoping I don't turn into some kind of crazy sweaty lady. I have an Estradiol patch that was given to me by my gyn/onc to start when symptoms begin. I'm almost 36.
Also, I've been having more incisional pain now (post op day 11), more than before and am wondering if my staples have been in too long.
Finally, those of you who do not have a port for chemo, how do your veins tolerate it?
Any adivce appreciated. Thank you so much.
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Unread 05-18-2003, 03:09 PM
Those staples..

do really hurt. I remember with my TAH/BSO they hurt like the dickens. My last surgery, they took them out after 7 days, and it was much much much better.

I started getting hot right after my TAH/BSO wasn't sure if it was hot flashes or not either, but my Dr. gave me premerian from the get go. I just took the comforter off me for awhile, but it seems to take a while for your hormones to kick in, get adjusted and the like. Still having problems there it seems sometimes.

About the chemo port, can't tell you about that, cause I do have one. My veins are horrible, it took them close to an hour to hook me up for my first chemo session, and sent me right away for a port for the following treatments. Very easy now...

's and ers to you...
Unread 05-18-2003, 03:19 PM
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s Mary

I too have a port. It was placed the morning of my first chemo. Just another part of my body now.
I am on no HRT. I can say that almost two after my TAH/BSO I still get hot flashes. Mainly I feel the heat move over my upper body and face. I've never been much of a sweater. All in all, menopause is easier than I imagined.
Hopefully someone will stop by who received chemo in an arm vein.
Best wishes to you.

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Unread 05-18-2003, 04:10 PM
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I take chemo in an arm vein, so I am stopping by. ;-)

Hi, Mary!

I'm 37, so we're just about the same age. My surgery was March 6th, and I seem to remember starting to have hot flashes about one week after surgery. Maybe two. I don't recall.

I am not some crazy sweaty lady, and I've been able to manage them fine. I have always been an "I'm hot, I'm cold" type of person, so I've often worn sundresses with a sweater so I can manage my own comfort. Now, I'm basically wearing tank tops and a sweater. I do think I'm a little more "flashy" at night, so I find myself throwing off the covers, then putting them back on. But the insomnia bothers me more than the temperature fluctuations.

My doctor also gave me the Estriodol patch, but it made me so incredibly nauseated that I wanted to throw up. So I took it off and haven't been using anything. If you don't want to take hormones, black cohosh can help. But my nutrionist told me that I shouldn't take it during chemo. I should've asked him why, but I didn't. Anyway, I'm just going a la me, and I haven't had any other symptoms.

One thing: If you drink black tea or have chocolate of some kind, you might notice that you get a few more hot flashes. I am starting to really pay attention to when the hot flashes come, and what I ate right before.

If "going through menopauses" just basically means I'm going to have certain temperature control problems for a while, I doubt very much that I will take hormones. It's really not all that much of a bother.

As for my veins, they are good, and things have gone fine. Getting stuck with an IV needle is never fun, but that's a one-time thing on the day of chemo. Unless they have to stick you a few times for some reason, which has happend to me a few times as well. The only weird happenstance that I've had is that my needled came out when I went down the hall to use the restroom. Thus, the Taxol went directly into my muscle tissue for about five minutes. It really hurt for a few weeks, but it is getting better. So do be careful.

Also, I personally didn't want a port cath. My doctor prefers not to put them in unless absolutely necessary, but if he had wanted to, I probably would have argued against it. Just seems like all the port flushing and care would be a bit too much for me. But I know that others really like their ports. So I guess it's different for everyone.

That said, my veins are holding up fine, and seem to recover back to their normal size by the next treatment. My only vein that hasn't recovered is the one that got infected during my hospital stay from that stupid IV port thing that the nurse wouldn't take out. That vein (on the back of my left hand) is still pretty small. The rest of my veins are a pretty good size.

I had my staples in for about 13 or 14 days -- not sure which. They seemed fine the entire time.

Hope this helps! PM me if I can help with anything else. I won't be online again until tomorrow night or Tuesday.


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