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    CAH asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Joint pain with tamoxifen

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      MarnieC

      I can definitely sympathize with you. I chose not to take Tamoxifen because of its side effects (and I'm still here 9 yrs later, if that helps you any). I share a lot of info about what you can do instead of Tamoxifen via my website, let me know if you'd like the web address. Breast cancer is NOT all about estrogen (despite what the doctors tell you), there are many factors that make the body create cancer. One thing that might help you if you do decide to keep taking it is massage therapy, it helps to bring down the pain levels you are currently experiencing. Sending hugs from Denver!

      over 3 years ago
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      Marnie I would like your wesite -- sounds like you may do a lot of alternative treatments and I really believe in them and will be setting up a program for myself once I get done with surgery. THX

      over 3 years ago
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      Thank you so much for all of your responses!! This site truly is a wonderful source for information and support!

      Update: Since I posted my question I have been taking vitamin D twice a day and what a difference a week makes! My onc had mentioned taking it but, long story, I had inadvertently stopped. I still have pain if I sit too long and stiffness in my hips pretty much all the day but is definitely a lot more tolerable. I'm very aware of my limitations but hopeful that this will improve a little more as time goes on. Just wanted to share as I know this is a common issue with tamoxifen. God bless!

      over 3 years ago
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    Achieving Survivor Status

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      I too have been wondering about the definition of cancer survivor. Thank you to all for the wonderful answers. I've just started radiation but you are all right: the time you get your diagnosis you are a survivor.

      almost 4 years ago
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      My support group said, "If you didn't drop dead of shock at your diagnosis, you are a survivor!" Carry on!

      almost 4 years ago
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      Congratulations for being so close to completing treatment - yeah for you!! You sound like a survivor already. : ) I believe it was my surgeon who said everyone counts differently. Personally, I count from the end of my treatment. The last day of radiation was the day before Thanksgiving in 2010 (appropriate, I thought) and I count from then. I love what Cactus 49 said ("If you didn't drop dead of shock..."). Honestly, it's true. I laughed and cried at the same time when I read that. P.S. No such thing as a silly question. : )

      almost 4 years ago
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