Hot Flashes

July 22, 2011 | Ann

Hot flashes, insomnia, and fatigue

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and had to stop the hormone replacement therapy that I had taken since 1995. I immediately developed severe menopausal symptoms which included significant hot flashes, insomnia, and fatigue. Prior to this I would fall asleep within 5 minutes of my head hitting the pillow and sleep a deep restful sleep all night. I tried various sleep medications that were prescribed by my doctors which helped some but I did not like the side effects of these medications. I would still wake up during the night with 3-4 hot flashes that interrupt my sleep. I also was having between 10-12 hot flashes throughout the day. I also tried Venlafaxine, the generic of Effexor which is known to be helpful for hot flashes. It did help the hot flashes but the other side effects of nausea, blurred vision, and fogginess were intolerable.

I had done some research and found that the National Cancer Institute had done some studies comparing acupuncture to these other medication remedies for the treatment of hot flashes and the results were quite impressive for acupuncture. I also read a study by Dr. Eleanor M. Walker who is the director of Breast Radiation oncology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and she pointed out that there was a large body of data that demonstrated the benefits of acupuncture in menopausal women.

I decided to try this form of treatment and did some extensive research on acupuncture providers. I selected Dr. Jane Yeh and her husband Dr. Yung Yeh. Dr. Jane recommended a series of 30 treatments as often as my schedule permitted. She explained that daily treatments would be optimal. Although I was rather skeptical I started these treatments. I went daily for almost two and half weeks and then 2-3 times a week for the remainder of the treatments. Within the few treatments I noticed significant improvement in my sleep. I could fall asleep more quickly and had a deeper quality to my sleep. I woke up feeling rested again! I also started to experience a decrease in the hot flashes. They were less severe and occurred with less frequency, going from 10-12 down to 4 day. I progressed to the point where I had no hot flashed and felt more like myself in terms of energy, focus, and a sense of well-being.

Because my case had been so severe Dr. Jane recommended that I continue once a week treatments for an additional month. I then took a break for 7-8 weeks and the hot flashed gradually started to return although much less severe and fewer overall.

Now I feel best when I have one weekly acupuncture treatment a week although I can skip a few weeks and not have a return of symptoms.

I have also suffered from back and neck pain from time to time due to degenerative disc disease and Dr. Jane has provided quick relief for those symptoms as well.

Dr. Jane Yeh is a very dedicated health care provider. She makes every effort to be available to accommodate your schedule and ensure that you can have your treatments. She charges a reasonable fee compared to other providers which helps make the treatment more affordable. She and her husband are very caring of their patients and committed to improving the quality of your health.

I would highly recommend this form of treatment for people who are suffering severe menopausal symptoms and who are unable to take replacement hormones or who choose to find an alternative to medication therapy. I have also referred several clients to Dr. Jane and everyone has been pleased. They have sought treatment for hip pain, sinus problems, and sleep problems and all have reported improvement in symptoms.

Most sincerely, Ann
McKinney, Texas

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