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    lovetoteach88 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Taking Effexor for anxiety.

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      Nanzee

      I take Celexa, which is similar. I had to go off it for two weeks once, when I was on a trip and lost my luggage. I had NO withdrawal. Getting started on it was harder--I started with a tiny dose and worked up, as the initial side effects listed by Geekling happen when your body is getting used to it. I would give Effexor a try if I were you. You can use that extra serotonin and norepinephrine when you are fighting cancer. I'm thankful for my antidepressant because the last six months have been tough as I went through chemotherapy and surgery, and I have a tendency to depression and anxiety. I have not had any problems with my emotional stability and have been quite optimistic and relaxed. You can safely taper off when you are ready. I'm a psychiatric RN and familiar with the safety and helpfulness of these antidepressants.

      about 4 years ago
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      I took Effexor for a year, then decided to quit b/c I didn't want to be on any more drugs then possible. The withdrawal was not terrible, but being off it was. For 8 months I cried, couldn't sleep and was miserable. After meetings with my oncologist and psychiatrist I went back on reluctantly. I am happy and healthy again. Stay on it.

      about 4 years ago
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      Thanks everyone for the advice. It gives me things to think about. I always know that if I have a question I can just post it here and someone will offer their thoughts and/or experiences.

      about 4 years ago
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    lovetoteach88 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    My oncologist would like me to take magnesium, vitamin D, and calcium supplements. Any advice on what types are best absorbed?

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      @BarbarainBham .. it could also be adrenal fatigue which prevents absorbtion ... decancerfied folks go through a heck of a lot with western medicine.

      over 4 years ago
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      All my bloodwork has come back fine. Actually this last round of labs showed my D levels at normal range for once in a long time. I spent years on all kinds of medications and was sick all the time. Now that I only take tamoxifen and a couple supplements I haven't been sick in over a year. Some of it is better eating but I know a lot of it is getting all the meds out of my system.

      over 4 years ago
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      This is a breast cancer thread--specifically, for questions concerning invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC). The reason many of us are on AIs is because we have or had estrogen-receptor-positive IDC. AIs, which are necessary to prolong the time before ER+ IDC recurs (and it always recurs given enough time, though it can take up to 20-30 years; we older patients hope to die of diseases of old age first). AIs reduce or eliminate estrogen, and without estrogen our bones get weaker and weaker. That’s why our oncologists advise bone-strengthening supplements and exercise, plus (usually) some sort of bone-strengthening pharmaceutical med--either a bisphosphonate (oral or infused) or biologic. With all due respect, if you’re not on an AI, this is an issue that does not come up--and dietary sources of these nutrients can be adequate. And if you don’t have ER+ IDC but another type of non-gynecological cancer (such as squamous elsewhere in the body), you wouldn’t be on an AI and therefore your frame of reference is very different from ours and your advice, while sound in general, is NOT germane to our situation posed by the original poster.

      over 4 years ago
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    lovetoteach88 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Plant Based Diet Resources

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      I usually type in the vegetable name I would like to cook and the country.
      e.g. Sri Lankan egg plant recipes...you will get few especially on you tube and they show you how to cook it...recipes from the far east and south east Asia are delicious and fast to make and they use turmeric, curry, ginger garlic and onion in their cooking and all those are good for us.

      almost 5 years ago
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      Thanks everyone! I am looking forward to this new way of eating and will check out all the suggestions.

      almost 5 years ago
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      #fastdog, I checked out Forks Over Knives and it is an excellent source for homemade, non-processed recipes. Thanks!

      almost 5 years ago
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