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I am 2 yr survivor of breast cancer I am experiencing joint pain fatigue stiffness throughout my body Feel like I am 80 yrs old taking all kinds of supplements abd vitamins but still no change. Chemo put me in menopause dr seems to think that is why

By Anonymous September 5, 2011 - 8:04pm
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2 years is great! If you are taking one of the drugs post treatments in the Aromatase family, stiff joints is a side effects. Talk with your oncologist and see if you can take another drug.
You may want to contact your oncologist office and ask if they know of an exercise program for breast cancer survivors, or contact your local Koman.org.

September 15, 2011 - 7:18pm

Hi Anon,

Glad to hear that you have been cancer-free for the past two years. If in fact you are going through Perimenopause, these are some symptoms you may be experiencing:

As menopause approaches, women often experience a number of physical and emotional symptoms including:

Irregular menstrual periods
Hot flashes and night sweats
Disturbed sleep patterns, insomnia
Significant mood changes
Dry skin
Vaginal dryness and pain with sexual intercourse
Difficulty concentrating
Trouble remembering things
Diminished interest in sex
Frequent urination or leaking of urine
Achy joints
Early morning awakening

It sounds like you are very miserable with these symptoms, on your next doctors appointment, ask for some medication that can relieve some of these symptoms. In the meantime, you can make these lifestyle changes, which may help ease some of the discomfort: Healthful Diet
A healthful diet during menopause can improve a woman's sense of well-being. It may also reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. The diet should be low in fat and high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium , and vitamin D .

Limit Caffeine and Alcohol
Cutting back on caffeine and alcohol may reduce symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and loss of calcium.

Quit Smoking
Giving up smoking can reduce the risk of early menopause, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Regular Exercise
Regular exercise may reduce hot flashes. Weight-bearing exercises such as walking, climbing stairs, and resistance exercises such as lifting weights help strengthen bones and decrease the risk of osteoporosis.

Stress Management
Stress management may help ease tension, anxiety, and possibly other menopausal symptoms. Deep breathing, massage, warm baths, and quiet music are examples of relaxation techniques.


Wishing you the best,


September 6, 2011 - 8:42am
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