• Bone and joint pain?

    Asked by HNMom on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

    Bone and joint pain?

    I have been having bone, muscle, and joint pain especially in my hands and arms since beginning Anastrozole. Do you have any tips for managing this pain?

    22 Answers from the Community

    22 answers
    • TXHills' Avatar
      TXHills

      I have found relief with heat, range of motion exercise and arthritis compression gloves, such as the ones by Imak, available at online retailers. Best to you.

      almost 5 years ago
    • NNN's Avatar
      NNN

      You should feel the pain only in the morning when you wake up.
      Exercise, more around, walk and eat healthy (veggies and fruits and limit red meat) try organic if can afford it. If not, check the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen so you can save money and purchase organic as much as you can. Good luck.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Kris103's Avatar
      Kris103

      Definitely exercise and diet are helpful and important, but be sure to let your oncologist know. The side effects I had with anastrozole just kept getting worse such that not even taking ibuprofen helped that much. Eventually my onc switched me to exemestane (aromasin), which I'm tolerating much better. Since we all react differently to different meds, don't be afraid to ask about alternatives.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      Exercise has been shown to reduce joint pain from AIs:
      http://www.cancernetwork.com/news/exercise-reduces-ai-induced-joint-pain-breast-cancer-survivors

      Anastrazole has exacerbated my carpal tunnel syndrome 24/7. There's finally research out that backs that up:
      http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2015/11/23/JCO.2015.63.4972.short

      I've learned to take aspirin before and after big jobs like yard work, which helps. I also take frequent breaks from tasks like typing. In addition to exercise I eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh produce.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Vettelvr's Avatar
      Vettelvr

      I take glucosamine twice a day and that helps a lot. Good luck!

      almost 5 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950

      I take aspirin with breakfast to help ease my joint pain. Staying active with walking, swimming, and yoga also seem to help. I have been taking Arimidex for 7 years now. I have talked to my oncologist about joint pain and he has said that switching may help, but I've stuck with the Arimidex.

      almost 5 years ago
    • TwinBirches' Avatar
      TwinBirches

      What everyone else said -- clean eating, exercise in whatever form you're comfortable with (even if it's dusting and vacuuming, a walk around the block/yard, up and down the stairs, just MOVE!); aspirin when needed. My oncologist made sure I started calcium with Arimidex plus I take cod liver oil and glucosamine, approved by my doctor; I noticed a drastic difference once I started the supplements.

      almost 5 years ago
    • MARIEM's Avatar
      MARIEM

      Kris103 has very good advice - I could not tolerate Arimidex either so in switching oncologists, I was presented with different meds as options. I switched to Aromasin and the side effects from Arimidex are gone! We are all so different but do ask your oncologist about different medications that are available. FYI - Just yesterday I saw my oncologist and she mentioned that some doctors just don't present such options. ASK! Wishing you lots of luck!

      almost 5 years ago
    • gingerb's Avatar
      gingerb

      Just started calcium but having to take ibuprofen for pain most days.

      almost 5 years ago
    • vsdobson's Avatar
      vsdobson

      Acupuncture!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Sharlie's Avatar
      Sharlie

      Ditto what everyone else has offered. I live in CO and started taking a marijuana tincture and just put 2 drops under my tongue a couple of times a day. It really helps ease my pain. All the best to you.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Dltmoll's Avatar
      Dltmoll

      What does your oncologist say? There are a few other options for AIs, and if the pain is too bad asking to make a switch seems to be a reasonable request.

      almost 5 years ago
    • BebeN's Avatar
      BebeN

      I was just at my oncologist this week with these same issues. My hands, knees, elbows and feet were aching constantly. The joints in my toes was making it difficult to walk. I tried taking Omega-3 and glucosmine triple strength and still had no relief. She just took me off the Anastrozole for three weeks and then we are going to try something different. Talk to your oncologist. There are other meds that they can give you. Hugs to you:)

      almost 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I had horrid joint pain and developed CTS on Arimidex. I took ibuprofen, but it really didn't do much for the pain. I tried gabapentin which helped and it also helped with night sweats.
      I also ended up switching AI's. Talk to you oncologist about trying a different one and see if that helps. some gals do better on one AI than on another.

      almost 5 years ago
    • mofields' Avatar
      mofields

      What time of the day do you take it? I take mine at night and am just a little sore right away in the morning, but as I get going the joint stiffness goes away. Also, drink water and exercise is important.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Sharlie's Avatar
      Sharlie

      I'm sorry I didn't think about this earlier, don't know where my head has been. I have been using a magnesium lotion for months for my lower back and joint pain with great results. For my back, I often mix the magnesium lotion with Arnicare gel and them rub the mixture on the area. It has worked great on my shoulders as well. I also rub it on my knees at night as I often will get knee pain when I'm asleep..even with a pillow between my knees. I also rub a tiny bit on the insides of my wrists at night and it seems to help me sleep better. I get mine from The Better Health Store, but I'm sure it's available from many sources.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Charnellf's Avatar
      Charnellf

      I was sore all day and also developed twitching in my hands. I tried everything for the pain. Including Gabapentin 1800 mg a day. Triple strength glucosamine chondroittin msm. Pain pills. Etc. I went off it about 6 weeks ago because I went on vacation. I wanted to enjoy my vacation. Will talk to Dr next week.

      almost 5 years ago
    • gingerb's Avatar
      gingerb

      Anyone having hands fall asleep at night?

      almost 5 years ago
    • Shawnta's Avatar
      Shawnta

      I have the same issues. My left wrist, thumb, and hand hurt so bad. Yes my hands also fall asleep at night. I am pretty helpless in the mornings. I can't lift anything or even pull my pants down or up to go to the bathroom. Sorry TMI! I was on Aromisin when this all started. It started very quickly with only taking it a month. My onco put me on Aromidex a few days ago. So I pray the side effects are way milder or none at all. It really sticks because you start feeling normal after your finished with treatment and then start taking a pill you will have to take the rest of your life and feel like poo.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Shawnta's Avatar
      Shawnta

      And also I can barely walk from the joint and muscle stiffness.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Shawnta's Avatar
      Shawnta

      :)

      almost 5 years ago
    • splash8's Avatar
      splash8

      Finished chemo 5 months ago, and started Arimidex about 8 weeks ago and after 3-4 weeks, started mild hand & finger arthritis, which got much worse in another couple of weeks. My onc had me stop it for 2 weeks to see if I felt better - no difference after 3+ weeks now - so disappointed as my hands are useless every morning for at least an hour or more. Wondering if it's the chemo side effects kicking in since it is not improving at all with no arimidex. Anyone else go through this? I was referred to my PCP to make sure there was nothing else going on, which I'm confident there is not because I was healthy before this crappy breast cancer trip. I'll see him tomorrow. So frustrated - I just want to move on to the new normal and feel better again after chemo/double mastectomy/reconstruction . . .

      almost 5 years ago

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