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Extreme fatigue/memory lapses and brain fog?

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Extreme fatigue/memory lapses and brain fog?

I have an appmt soon with my oncologist. My last scan seemed to be in order still indicative  of remission. I’m having some other issues though. Extreme fatigue, no mental clarity, a tad of confusion and extreme brain fog. Could this be menopause related? I do not do any HRT. Anyone else not doing HRT having any issues? I was fine for the first year, but now things have shifted. Any insight would be helpful! Thanks :)

June 2016- pap, not up to date, results abnormal

Julyy 5th-  After followups diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma

July 12th 2016- Met with oncologist, clinically staged at 1b2, staging confirmed with MRI and PET. Tumor is endocervical and approx 7 cm.

August 2016- Started chemorads. Post followup after treatment, NED

Sept 2018- Still NED


Hi nm

i always watch out for certain people to see how things are going and you are one of them as we started our journeys roughly at the same time. I’m sorry things are not going your way right now. 

I’m sure your team will have some insight on your issues and it does sound like it could be a menopause related thing. Hopefully this can get sorted out. 

do you think that maybe all of this is finally just taking it toll and a councillor might be able to work through some under lining issues that you could be repressing? Just a thought....

i do hope you feel better soon

March 8/16: postpartum pap clear

May 10/16: abnormal looking cells while putting in mirena under GA biopsy taken

May 18/16: severe dyskaryosis CIN3

June 9/16 :lletz procedure under LA

June 20/16: results from lletz shows cancer,waiting for mri

July5/16:staged at 2b, no lymph node involvement 

July18/16:started chemo/rad

sept6/16:finished 5 chemo,25 external rad,5 extra boosts,4brachy

sept.... The waiting begins. 



Hi nm, and Lolli. I have days or periods of fatigue still, and my mental processes are much slower than they were - I have lists and notes and still forget basic stuff. My occupational health person at work told me it is normal after chemo for brain fog to either come and go or to persist for a while (years rather than months). She said the menopause has a similar effect, so we have a double whammy. I think Lolli's on the ball suggesting sometimes it all catches up as well, sometimes the emotional recovery is more gruelling than the physical one I think. Might be worth getting your levels checked though, as I know when I was aneamic I was worse and I think the blood specialist also mentioned vitamin b levels contributing to fatigue and brain fog. Take care and I hope things pick up for you soon. 

Anne xx

July 16 - Adenocarcinoma (Tumour 1b1, with one pelvic lymph node)

Sept 16 - 28 rads, 4 cisplatin chemos, 4 brachy

Nov 16 - finished treatment, with pre brachy scan NED

Feb 17 - post treatment PET showed suspicious hot spots on cervix

March 17 MRI - NED

July 17 check up - NED on exam, but MRI booked to be sure

August 17 MRI result - NED

June 19 MRI result - NED



Hello all, I am just coming up to my 8 weeks post op Radical Hysterectomy, went straight to surgery so no chemo or radiotherapy for me, but can totally relate to the exhaustion, brain fog and struggling to find my get up and go again.  

Trying to avoid HRT if I can, I'm 49 this year so may as well try and get on with it....

I walked around Tesco (other supermarket's are available) in a completely dase (that word doesn't even look right but I can't remember how to spell it!!??) and I've spent most of today in bed as so tired from yesterday. All I did was drive to my parents which is about 15 minutes away and popped into Tesco to grab something for tea... That's all. Yet today no energy whatsoever. 

I've had my iron levels checked and they are fine apparently, so can only put it down to the surgery and menopause.... But I'm wondering how long it's going to last? I'm signed off work until the end of April now, was due back this week coming but seriously not ready... 

Sorry this isn't meant to be all about me!! All I'm trying to say is that I think we expect a lot from ourselves and we shouldn't. It's important to talk. 

Sorry just needed to get that off my chest. Seem to be having a tearful day... 

Hoping you all feel better soon and remember to be kind to yourself  

Lots of love xxx 







I feel the same, I am on HRT patches. They work for the hot sweats but that's about it. I too was recommended Berrocca and Vitamin B complex. I have to say i've noticed a difference. Because they make your wee bright yellow, I've been drinking plenty of water too! 


Lots of love and strength x 

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