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femara

by Kaseys_Grandma on Sat Jul 05, 2008 12:00 AM

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Thank you for all of the answers to my questions on Femara.  I am still taking it...and still suffering from hip and knee pain.  The joints in my fingers are giving me trouble as well.  I have developed 3 trigger fingers.  I have found that with exercise the symptoms feel a litttle bit better!  I am happy that I have estrogen positive Breast cancer and that I am able to take femara..but, BOY...it's rough!!  I now take advil at bed time, and it aliviates some of the joint pain.

Kasey's Grandma

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by trehouse60 on Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 7/5/2008 Kaseys Grandma wrote:

Thank you for all of the answers to my questions on Femara.  I am still taking it...and still suffering from hip and knee pain.  The joints in my fingers are giving me trouble as well.  I have developed 3 trigger fingers.  I have found that with exercise the symptoms feel a litttle bit better!  I am happy that I have estrogen positive Breast cancer and that I am able to take femara..but, BOY...it's rough!!  I now take advil at bed time, and it aliviates some of the joint pain.

Kasey's Grandma


If you want to continue taking the Femara, you might consider adding some natural therapy to ease the joint pain.

Curcumin (from the spice turmeric) has shown in clinical trials to be an effective pain reliever for both arthritis and estrogen-deprivation joint pain.  (That's what the femara does - it deprives your body of estrogen, a hormone that women need for healthy joints and bones.)  It also has shown in clinical trials to be effective at inhibiting cancer, so it actually might increase the effectiveness of  the femara.  This link talks about this anticancer research (the language is a little hard for a layperson to understand, but your dr should certainly understand it):

http://search.lef.org/cgi-src-bin/MsmGo.exe?grab_id=0&pa

There are many internet sites that document proven anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin, and  that makes it a good choice for joint pain.

Another good anti-inflammatory herb being used for joint pain is boswellia.  Again, you can find plenty of sources on the internet that document how it works and how to take it safely.

Unfortunately curcumin and boswellia aren't cheap, and they won't be covered by your insurance drug plan, but they will be well worth the expense if they help you live a more normal and pain free life.

A little known effect of garlic is that it both helps to relieve joint pain and has properties that make it a good anti-cancer herb.  Added benefits are that it is cheap, and isn't reported to have nasty side effects, other than the smell and the gas it can cause.  Odorless garlic tablets or capsules are available at many herb shops and pharmacies - that takes care of the garlic odor coming thru the skin, and it causes less gas.  Gelcaps containing garlic oil can be kept in the freezer.  Just take the  gelcap while it's still frozen.  it won't totally thaw until it gets way down into the bowel - preventing it from mixing with stomach acids to form gas.  this  eliminates a problem with burping, etc.  And the oil is absorbed perfectly well throught the bowel, so you still get all the benefits.

Curcumin and boswellia should be taken according to the label directions. garlic supplements can be taken in amounts as tolerated. Some people take only about 500mg a day, but I get little gelcaps that contain 1500 mg and take one of them a day.

Always check with your doctor before starting a nutritional supplement.

Take care, and my best wishes that you be well!

Tre

 

RE: femara

by ANGEL58 on Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:00 AM

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Did they not tell you that you cannot take asprin products or Nsaids with the Femara especially if you have any tendency to bleed.TAlk to your oncologist
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