Jul 09, 2001 - 12:21 pm
I had a lumpectomy last November. Because of the size and pathology of the tumor I took 8 sessions of chemotherapy (4 Adriamycin/Cytoxan and 4 Taxotere). After the third round of the A/C every joint in by body ached. My Oncologist assured me it wasn't cancer and that it was probably a joint virus of sorts (no real diagnosis). This lasted almost 4 weeks ... but went completely away when I took the prescribed steriods that accompany Taxotere treatments. About a month after my final treatment (4/23)I became very stiff in most of my joints. My hands have pain and stiffness and my feet ache when I first stand up after being off of them for a while. I do limber up a bit throughout the day but I always have some discomfort. I feel arthritic ... but I wasn't before the chemotherapy and I'm only 43. My oncologist doesn't offer any explaination. Has anyone experienced this side-effect?