• Are achy bones normal after about 2 months of radiation & 4 months of chemo

    Asked by ddgram on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    Are achy bones normal after about 2 months of radiation & 4 months of chemo

    I work at a camp and part of my job is to help facilitate ropes course groups. After 2 & half hours in morning walking around the course just facilitating and 2 & half hours in the afternoon helping put on harness for another group. I was so very sore and tired today. I ached all over. It worried me some because I have been exercising and walking every week. It has been since the end of may from last chemo and first part of August from radiation. Do you think I am pushing myself? I really thought I was ready.

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      You have to give yourself time to heal. You just fought a war. Plain and Simple!! Doings things to exercise the body after chemo/radiation is definitely the way to go but if your getting body aches from it, you may want to take it just a bit slower. Your body will heal but everyone is different. You may be back to 100% is 2 months but it may be closer to 6 months, 8 months. I wouldn't stop though, that's for sure. Hope you feel better!!

      over 8 years ago
    • Topazcat's Avatar

      It has been a year since all of my chemo, surgery, and radiation ended. I frequently have muscle and joint aches. You have been through a lot and need to take time to heal. What works for me is to rest when I can, even for a few minutes. Then I keep on going. Good luck to you!

      over 8 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      It amazes me that you aren't joking. :-]

      It took me 6 months, after 16 weeks of radiation and 2 rounds of chemotherapy, to feel I might even be strong enough to begin to exercise and move around to regain my strength.

      Relax, Superwoman. Give yourself a break. Thank the Powers Which Be that you are able to do what you are and keep, slowly and steadily, building up your strength.

      Be kind to yourself and honor the resilience which is yours to own.

      over 8 years ago
    • JudyW's Avatar

      For what it's worth, I still have achy bones and joints a full 1-1/2 years post all treatment. I'm on Arimidex, which may not help the cause, but I've just learned to accept it as how things are going to be.

      over 8 years ago
    • JudyS's Avatar

      Hi ddgram,

      You are doing wonderful, give yourself a pat on the back! You were able to do 5 hours of activity - good for you. However, going forward, I think it's important not to push yourself to the point of pain. Give yourself a break when you need it and be good to yourself. You have been through a lot and it takes time to heal from chemo and radiation - give yourself the time, you deserve it. Best wishes and blessings sent your way!!

      over 8 years ago
    • Jodi's Avatar

      I know the feeling. I finished chemo and radiation in April and was excited about getting back to my running routine. I started running again in May but by June I realized I couldn't do it...I was too sore. Even wearing heels to work made me incredibly sore. I couldn't not figure out what the deal was and it was making me angry. A few things- I found that getting massages really helped. Not upper body massages but lower body massages. It is almost like the lactic acid in our muscles builds up faster than pre-treatment. I also recently started physical therapy and I think it is helping. I was told that after going thru treatments your body can get this facia tears and it takes awhile to heal. I work a demanding job so adding physical therapy is a strain on my schedule but i want to get back to ME again. To answer your question... yes, I think you might be pushing yourself too hard. Maybe back off a little and start a PT program to help you build up your muscles again? Just a thought. But, I know exactly what you are saying.

      over 8 years ago

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