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  • @karen knight Hi Karen, thank you for being honest. It sounds you're going through quite a lot, but there's definitely help out there. I'm not an expert myself, but I'd definitely recommend talking to your doctor again, a lot can change in 12 mon…
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  • Hello Marco, can you please recommend anything for difficulty sleeping with lower back pain? Would a pillow help?
  • Hi @Chen, thank you for your question, I can see Monica shared some useful resources already. We also have a lovely menopause nurse @Diane Porterfield-Bourne on board, who'll be able to advise you further. I tagged her so she'll be able to see this …
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  • HA! Well, I forgot to mention the one key thing...😂 We just launched our new website for Stress & Anxiety specifically, it's full of resources, breathing exercises, helpful guides etc to cope. Feel free to look at it here: If you'd ever like to…
  • @James Adams Hi James, first of all, I just wanted to say that you are so brave for speaking up and posting this as a husband. This is a lovely little community with supportive members & experts and there's always a pair of ears on here to list…
  • Hi @Shreya Kalyanasundaram, thank you for your thoughtful question. I understand your concerns about taking time off work, but personally I do believe back pain, even if "invisible" to others, can indeed be a valid reason to do so. My uncl…
  • Hi Samantha, I have severe aches & pains. Is this normal? Can I do anything about it?
  • Oh thank you @Shanley Lewis, that's extremely helpful! I had no idea I should get out of bed when I wake up in the middle of the night. Similar to taking naps during the day! I regularly find myself taking a 10-15 minute nap at lunch and always feel…
  • Hi @Destinyangelfab1, Thank you for your question. It sounds you've had quite the journey so far, but it's fantastic to hear most of your symptoms have gone. I'm not an expert myself, but I think Diane, our lovely menopause & HRT specialist will…
  • Hi @Flooooo, Thank you for your question and I'm sorry to hear you're going through this! I can see Lou has given you some excellent advice already. I'm unfortunately in a similar situation, I don't wake up in the middle of the night every day, but…
  • @Djdros52 glad to hear it helps with your anxiety! I know what you mean but not necessarily wanting to take medication for palpitations. I get them too but apparently they're linked to my anxiety, not hormones. I reduced my caffeine intake and learn…
  • Hi @Shelagh Higgins,welcome to the Q&A Hub! I'm so sorry to hear about your son. My uncle was diagnosed with the same condition last year. The family got him a tablet full of memory games / apps on it. We got his favourite reads as audio books a…
  • Oops, I forgot to mention two things! A cancer planner / journal might also help to keep track of appointments and note down questions etc. This one is super useful, with lots of features, including Appointment Trackers, Question Logs, Medication L…
  • Hi Larry, thank you so much for your question and apologies for not responding earlier! I completely understand your concern. I agree it is very important to communicate well with your doctor / medical care team and it can be so frustrating when it …
  • Hi Debra, thank you for your question. I agree with Julie to visit your GP, just in case. In the meantime, we have a lovely menopause nurse @Diane Porterfield-Bourne on board with us who I'm sure will be able to advise you further. I've tagged her i…
  • Hi @Sara46, thank you for your question and I'm so sorry to hear this has affected your mental health. I can see Monica has shared the link to our resident Gynaecologist already, please do feel free to ask her and she'll get back to you with an ans…
  • @Deborah Walton Hi Deborah, thank you for your question! I think this might be one for Diane, our menopause nurse. She also specialises in HRT and has her own clinic. @Diane Porterfield-Bourne, is this something you can help with please? In the m…
  • @Natasha Fisher Hi Natasha, thank you for your question, it seems you're going through a lot at the moment! Some of the things you mentioned do sound like menopausal symptoms to me (although I'm not an expert myself). I think @Giada Frontino our G…
  • Ooops, forgot to include the following question on the hub, this is full of tips from Live Better With Members:
  • @PamCaldwell_21 Hi Pam, welcome to our Q&A Hub and thank you for your question - I'm so sorry to hear you're having trouble communicating with your husband. I'm not an expert myself, but I'll tag Danine @Danine Irwin (our Dementia Advisor) in t…
  • Hi @SuzC, thank you for your question. I feel exactly the same and although I'm not an expert myself, I personally think your feelings are valid and this is normal. We're all different. One thing that really helped me is creating a little work stat…
  • Thank you Diane for tagging me. @VStud, thank you for your questions! I'm not an expert myself, however I wanted to share the following resources with you on supplements, all reviewed by a healthcare professional: I'd recommend asking Nicki Willi…
  • Hi @VincentG, Please see the latest government guidelines on shielding: I'm also tagging @LizzyB73, our oncology nurse in this discussion. Liz, do you perhaps have any particular advice? Take care, Blanka
  • Hi @blankazsanna5! It can be very hard to tell, sometimes there are no symptoms are present at all. However, the following symptoms in the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy can indicate a miscarriage: Abdominal cramps Abdominal pain Vaginal bleeding…
  • Hi @RHud and thank you for your question. I'm not an expert myself, but wanted to this article with you on preventing miscarriages. It discusses a variety of factors, including diet, exercise, supplements and more. We do have a lovely gynaecolog…
  • Hi @L_F_D, I'm so sorry to hear, but please know you're not alone. ❤️ I have anxiety myself, diagnosed almost 2 years ago. It's definitely not an easy journey, but there are some good self-help resources out there that can help. I found that breathi…
  • Hi @betsy9, Sorry to hear, unfortunately panic attacks are very common symptoms of anxiety. Have you talked to your GP about this? They'll be able to advise you further and recommend a solution / treatment. Exercise can help a lot, I find going for …
  • Hi Katherine, I'm so sorry to hear. I can totally relate, this is something I struggle with myself. I could sleep for 12 hours a day, I'd be still exhausted. I'm not an expert myself but I've been told by my doctor that fatigue can be the symptom of…