I was recently pleasantly surprised by a decrease in my heating bill. As I pondered the reason for this stroke of good fortune, my daughter said, “It’s no wonder, mom, this house is like an ice box since you started taking that new pill.” Ahhhh, Tamoxifen. While chemo-pause causes “tropical moments” Tamoxifen can bring on what I can only describe as “oven hours”; prolonged periods of intense body heat. I will not kid you, this can cause discomfort at times, but just consider the money I am saving in heating bills! (So kids, go put on a sweater.)
Tip: Don’t try to resist your hot flashes. Recognize when they are coming, and focus on deep breathing until they pass.