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Sat Nov 22, 2014, 10:54 AM

Joint pain post chemo anyone?

Happy to report that all in all, I'm finally feeling more like myself (3 months post stem cell transplant) - getting stronger and doing more every day.
Besides some occasional waves of exhaustion, I have some pretty intense joint pain-especially in the morning. Hands/fingers, shoulders and knees especially - not unusual following massive doses of chemo. Besides Advil or Aleve, does anyone have any other things that worked for them post chemo?

Thanks so much!

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Reply Joint pain post chemo anyone? (Original post)
KaryninMiami Nov 2014 OP
Siwsan Nov 2014 #1
KaryninMiami Nov 2014 #2
YvonneCa Nov 2014 #3
KaryninMiami Nov 2014 #4
YvonneCa Nov 2014 #5

Response to KaryninMiami (Original post)

Sat Nov 22, 2014, 02:45 PM

1. Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory, as is unsweetened cherry juice

I'm not on chemo but both are said to work well for joint or any inflammatory pain. I get pharmacy grade turmeric from my local health food store and use it to keep my costochondritis under control.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 22, 2014, 03:03 PM

2. Thank you!

Open to trying anything!

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Response to KaryninMiami (Original post)

Sat Nov 22, 2014, 04:44 PM

3. So glad to hear you are past chemo and...

...feeling better. I only did radiation, no chemo. But I have learned that anything that stresses my immune system causes me to fatigue and my joints to hurt...more so in the morning.
My solution is twofold. I take aspirin or Advil when I get up. And I always sleep and rest when I need to. Most days that works for me.
I think chemo is probably harder on ones immune system than radiation, so it may take longer to bounce back. But don't rush it. It took months for me to feel normal...and I still tire more easily than before.

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Response to YvonneCa (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 22, 2014, 10:45 PM

4. Thanks so much!

Hopefully the chemo is over forever and once my immune system gets back to normal (many months to go- the transplant really flattened it), these painful symptoms will subside. You are correct-rest is essential and in spite of feeling more "normal" then I have for months, I still spend time resting every day. I keep Advil by my bed and so it's handy in the morning. Sometimes I cannot get out of bed until it starts to kick in.

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Response to KaryninMiami (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 22, 2014, 11:36 PM

5. Be kind to yourself...

...and patient with your recovery. You have been through a lot. When you are stronger and up to it, simple exercise like stretching and walking helps.
Check in here and let us know how you are. DU has a lot of great supportive people.

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