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I am wondering if anyone has had persistent fatigue after breast cancer, radiation and taking Tamoxifen 20 mg? I am 3 years out and have to nap every day! I sometimes feel like the radiation destroyed me!

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  • Buster OBuster Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    7 month survivor, radiation, no chemo, taking arimidex. Fatigue has been the worse side effect.
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    • VIVIANE GRANT Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I also am a 7 month survivor, chemo was awful, and now it seems that every boon hurts, but the radiation keeps me so tirred all the time. I whent back to work and after 12 hours I am so tirred that I sometimes think I can not make it to the hous....

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      I also am a 7 month survivor, chemo was awful, and now it seems that every boon hurts, but the radiation keeps me so tirred all the time. I whent back to work and after 12 hours I am so tirred that I sometimes think I can not make it to the hous. By 5 in the afternoon I have to take a nap, if I am home. Feel like I am 85 years old, I am not that old at all. I was daignosed with an invasive triple negative carsinoma.Hope they find a cure soon, for my daughters and al the women out there.

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    • Megan Carlin Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My bones hurt also. Feel like a little old woman but I am 36. I was advised to take calcium and vitamin D. I did not want to swallow more pills but my vitamin D level was about a third what it should have been... Just started this month. I hope it...

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      My bones hurt also. Feel like a little old woman but I am 36. I was advised to take calcium and vitamin D. I did not want to swallow more pills but my vitamin D level was about a third what it should have been... Just started this month. I hope it helps. What do you take for pain?

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      this might sound counterintuitive, but try gentle exercise. Start very low and slow, and work your way up. You could start with walking and measure from one mail box to another for example, until you can master the whole loop you picked out. If...

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      this might sound counterintuitive, but try gentle exercise. Start very low and slow, and work your way up. You could start with walking and measure from one mail box to another for example, until you can master the whole loop you picked out. If you have Tai Chi or other gentle yoga, try that. Exercise gives you energy. It sounds like it should make you tired, but it is the opposite. Good luck. Remember the fountain of youth is exercise and diet.

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  • marcie nance Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I am on my third year after chemo and radiation. Had stage 2 BC. I am on tamoxifen and Effexor. let me tell you the Effexor gives me more energy than I can handle. Had to get the dosage corrected a couple of times. I highly recommend it if you are tired all the time. Don't even feel like I went through radiation or chemo. I am blessed with the best oncologist in Georgia !
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    • Dawn Dickinson Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Marcie, I live in TX now but we want to move back to GA (ATL). Is your Oncologist in Atl.area? I hope you get this!!!

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    • marcie nance Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Dawn, yes she is and she is great!!!! Her name is Barbara O' Callaghan. She is with suburban Hemotology-oncology.
      She works out of 2 locations. Lawrenceville office 770-963-8030 and Duluth office 770-623-6433. She acts like she has all the time...

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      Dawn, yes she is and she is great!!!! Her name is Barbara O' Callaghan. She is with suburban Hemotology-oncology.
      She works out of 2 locations. Lawrenceville office 770-963-8030 and Duluth office 770-623-6433. She acts like she has all the time in the world for you and really wants to know how the medications effect you and exactly how you feel. She is just wonderful.

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    • Ellen  Bolin Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm exhausted all the time, would effexor help me? I have stage 4 bc.

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    • Nikki De France Lucas Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Effexor has helped me alot but still have horrible hot flashes and night sweats from Tamoifen and 2 years out from chemo do you have any joint or bone pain my hands & wrists kill me

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  • Kim Flackey Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    I hear you! I go to bed at about 8 pm every night and am still exhausted when I get up. I do get out and exercise and I have heard that the more you exercise, the more energy you feel like you have. Do you think it's the chemo drugs? I am wondering if that's what it is? When you read about the exhaustion, you can't really wrap your head around it until you have it. Did your brain go, too? I feel like I have a hard time focusing and remembering, too, after radiation. God bless you and keep you safe!
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    • Cheryl Brown Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Yes, I had my last chemo treatment Dec. 2009 and final radiation treatment Feb. 2010.
      Try vitamin B12. It has worked for me. As far as brain. Well I say Chemo brain. Since cancer treatment I am not able to remember a thing. I write...

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      Yes, I had my last chemo treatment Dec. 2009 and final radiation treatment Feb. 2010.
      Try vitamin B12. It has worked for me. As far as brain. Well I say Chemo brain. Since cancer treatment I am not able to remember a thing. I write everything down and sometimes it is difficult for me to focus. I was not like this prior to cancer treatment. I think its a side effect of all the chemicals used for the cancer treatment. But, we are blessed so we just have to be creative and think of way to supplement what we have lost. Good luck and may god continue to bless you.
      Sister Warrior from NC

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    • Kim Flackey Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Cheryl,
      Thank you so much for the advice. I will try this. Hope all is well on your end.
      God bless!
      Kim

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    • Elizabeth Dycus Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have a question for you wonderful women. Did you loose your hair due to the radiation, like I have heard so many times before?

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    • Adrienne private Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      No, radiation does not cause hair loss. chemotherapy often causes hair loss though.

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    • Laura Zarowny Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am a year and a half from finishing my radiation and lumpectomy and I do still feel tired a lot. I have gone to a naturopath though, who has really helped me. He put me on a yeast free, sugar free diet as well as certain supplements to detoxify...

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      I am a year and a half from finishing my radiation and lumpectomy and I do still feel tired a lot. I have gone to a naturopath though, who has really helped me. He put me on a yeast free, sugar free diet as well as certain supplements to detoxify my body from all the radiation. I dropped 30 lbs. as well as my energy did increase. Any literature I have read says that a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, plus exercise help a great deal in battling the fatigue AND recurrence! Hope this helps and blessings to you on your BC journey!

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    • Wendy Lauber Kilbourne Profile
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      Survivor since 2009

      I went through chemo, radiation and am taking the Tamoxifen, having finished 2 years ago and STILL get fatigued very easily. I too was told to exercise, exercise, exercise! It helps to keep the energy up. I think it's the Tamoxifen now. I told...

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      I went through chemo, radiation and am taking the Tamoxifen, having finished 2 years ago and STILL get fatigued very easily. I too was told to exercise, exercise, exercise! It helps to keep the energy up. I think it's the Tamoxifen now. I told my doctor it makes me feel like an old woman...I get bone aches and cramps, easily tired and weight gain!!

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    • BS BLUM Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      @ Laura Zarowny what supplements to detoxify from radiation

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    • BS BLUM Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      What kind of supplements to detox from radiation

      @ Laura Zarowny

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    • Kim Flackey Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I take Mega Red and was told this was enough. Worried about putting too much in my body. Don't want those cancer cells to get too powerful. Exercise is definitely the best for the fatigue even though you would think it would make you more tired....

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      I take Mega Red and was told this was enough. Worried about putting too much in my body. Don't want those cancer cells to get too powerful. Exercise is definitely the best for the fatigue even though you would think it would make you more tired. Hang in there- each month gets better. And who doesn't feel better in the Spring? The season of new beginnings.

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    • connie hass Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Well I finished 32 days straight of radiation april 22 and now in just my second month of tamoxfin. I still hitting the wall have way through the day . Seems like I choose between work 1/2 day and or excersise .... Afternoons napping! I want wy...

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      Well I finished 32 days straight of radiation april 22 and now in just my second month of tamoxfin. I still hitting the wall have way through the day . Seems like I choose between work 1/2 day and or excersise .... Afternoons napping! I want wy old self back!

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    • Ellen  Bolin Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Wow I thought I was the only one who finds it hard to concentrate and remember things. I keep losing words too that is so frustrating.

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    • Ellen  Bolin Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I've been done with chemo for 4 years, but I just keep getting more and more tired.

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    • Kim Flackey Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Ellen,
      Sorry to hear you are a member of the bc club, but what a great group of ladies that belong! Hope you have the support you need. Hang in there- you're almost to five years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has...

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      Ellen,
      Sorry to hear you are a member of the bc club, but what a great group of ladies that belong! Hope you have the support you need. Hang in there- you're almost to five years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has been 3+ years and I am still extremely tired. I exercise, watch my diet very closely, and still feel half-asleep most of the time. My memory is really bad. I suspect from the radiation since that's when it all started to blur. I have to write everything down now or will not remember. I do remember that my husband promised to take me on a cruise for my 5 years survival anniversary. That's if I don't divorce him in the meantime- he has a terrible habit of snacking on the croutons instead of using them on a salad :).
      Take care and feel better.
      Be blessed and be a blessing.
      Hugs to you- KIm

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    • Ellen  Bolin Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ellen

      Thanks, this is the second time I've bc first time in 04 then it came back in 08 stage 4 they said it was terminal but I'm still here and doing ok. Except for the tiredness I sleep all the time and my feet and legs hurt so bad. But I do...

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      Ellen

      Thanks, this is the second time I've bc first time in 04 then it came back in 08 stage 4 they said it was terminal but I'm still here and doing ok. Except for the tiredness I sleep all the time and my feet and legs hurt so bad. But I do have a great support system. I couldn't ask for better.

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    • Ellen  Bolin Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Oh yeah my brain is permanently shut done. I can't remember anything. Plus I keep losing my words. But I still feel blessed. God bless you.

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    • Kim Flackey Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Ellen-
      Hope you are doing well. So sorry to hear about the reoccurence. I am still tired three years out and I recently started a new job that requires a ton of memorizing! I have to take notes constantly. I made an apron to wear that has all my...

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      Ellen-
      Hope you are doing well. So sorry to hear about the reoccurence. I am still tired three years out and I recently started a new job that requires a ton of memorizing! I have to take notes constantly. I made an apron to wear that has all my tools and notes so that I always have them handy. It's hard to explain to the employer and it's not an excuse when you say you didn't remember; just a fact. They have been really good about understanding and allow me a lot more errors than I feel they would someone else.
      If you need anything from me let me know. Stay strong!
      Be blessed and be a blessing-
      Kim

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  • Clara Cano Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2008
    I'm there as well... Just over 3yrs out from treatment and taking Aromasin at the moment.... And I feel like I'm tired ALL THE TIME... I usually fight the urge to nap, but I'm thinking that may be a disservice... I get so happy when I don't feel exhausted
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  • Kim Flackey Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Hard for the family to understand about the fatigue unless they have been through it, but it is very real. I used to work until midnight easy 6-7 days a week and was less tired. Now if I clean the house, I am ready to rest for awhile. It is getting better, though. I had kidney stones and then kidney surgery and then kidney stones again with that followed by the flu right after radiation, so I believe that set me back some. Fresh air is amazing! That does the most for me. Just getting out and walking. Especially is it's cooler outside. I take Tamoxifen and not sure if that contributes, but suspect it does. God bless!
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  • Lisa Bahus Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I am almost 2 years out, after stage 2 - triple positive. I underwent chemo, lumpectomy, and radiation. My oncologist told me that I will be on tamoxifen, 20mg, for 15 years. I am currently 43 years old. I have periods of extreme fatigue and the memory issue's seem to be daily. This is frustrating because people think that once the treatment's are over and the diagnosis is positive that all should be as it was pre-cancer. One could not understand unless you have gone through all the treatments and are taking tamoxifen everyday! God Bless all oncologists and researcher's that dedicate their whole life to this disease. To all going through breast cancer now, remain positive and pray. Everything will work out in time. Although, the fatigue is a bit frustrating still. TAMOXIFEN.
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  • Adrienne private Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 3C Patient
    I have huge amounts of fatigue; I am only on my 7th of 28 radiation treatments. However, I have already done 6 months chemo and double mastectomy. I suspect all contribute to my fatigue. Were you fatigued from radiation before the tamoxifen? I have to take that too later- sigh.
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    • Wendy Lauber Kilbourne Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I definitely was fatigued from chemo and radiation and it didn't wear off for 13 months. I also had a lack of focus and confusion with it. The tamoxifen also causes fatigue, but not as bad as the chemo and radiation.

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  • Ruth Sosa Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    I have been suffering from fatigue also, I'm a year out. I had a lumpectomy, radiation and now on tamoxifen. I know it's tough but when I do have a bit of energy I try to get a little walk in. And it's especially important to exercise now because I've read that the hormones can put some weight on you. Just remember take it one day at a time, it will get better.
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