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Is anyone else out there experiencing joint pain from chemo? The past few weeks have been torture for me. I can't sleep more than 2 hours at a time, if I am even sleeping at all. My doc prescribed Mobic for me which is to help with arthritis but thus far it is not helping. I've tried swimming and soaking in a hot tub....NOTHING! Anybody have any other suggestions? Doc didn't want to give me any narcotics because he thinks I might get addicted.....sounds like an awesome after school special to me!

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i dont remember getting joint pain on my chemo(but that WAS 20 yrs ago!) but i have been getting ALOT of joint pain over the last 10 yrs or so.

I have to go and see a rhumatologist in a few weeks. My onc said it's a long term effect from the chemo. And possibly early menopause which has been bought on from the chemo,as that causes joint pain also.

I'm falling to bits! lol

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it really isn't the worst pain i've ever experienced, but because its a never ending pain, it's eating me alive. I'm sure like all of us out here, before I got sick, I really took my health for granted. I was never sick. Ever. Now, what I would give to just have one pain free day. And early menopause??? how old are you? and you need to post some pics of your boxers!

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I have been taking Ibuprofen to help me, it does provide some relief, besides the joints, I get severe pain in my rib cage, wierd. The sleeping thing for me I think is not so much the pain, but all the drugs I' taking..... hope you feel better Vinny

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When I was doing chemo it felt like my back was breaking especially during the middle week of treatment. I think some of it was the prednisone. I also have Fibromyalgia so there is a constant muscle ache sometimes over my entire body. I didn't tell my onc about the pain because I thought the chemo was simply irritating the fm.

I had horrible leg cramps though and my onc had me take magnesium supplements which helped some. Also I experiment with aromatherapy oils through "young living". I get the most relief from lavender oil. It soothes the skin and muscles for me...AND it helps me sleep and actually get good rest. My hubby has joint pain and he used some oil for that too, but my memory fails me as to which one. You might try looking it up on google. I will try to help find it. I have a book around here somewhere that tells what each of the oils and blends do. Is there a specific joint that is hurting you the most?

I don't know if it would help you, but I also got fantastic relief from acupuncture (from my chiropractor's office) maybe check it out? It's drug free and you don't feel a thing!
OOH and one other thing I have been told and it seemed to help my hubby :) Put a bar of soap between your sheets in bed by your legs and it helps.........a co-worker of mine swears by it LOL.

Take care Honey,

And yes, chemo put me in menopause also and I was 42.

CiAnnaBananna's picture
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thanks for the advice. this week my shoulders and elbows and wrists are hurting the most. usually its my legs and hips that hurt. I just hurt all over. My doc told me not to take ibuprofen with the mobic he gave me. overdose i guess.

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Never got joint pain, but leg cramps while I am sleeping are terrible sometimes.

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im 36-nearly 37. yeah onc said i could get early menopause. bummer.

well i hope everyones joints feel better soon! has anyone ever tried holistic approach to joint pain?
Ginger is very good (taken orally) and cayenne pepper used as a poutice and applied to the skin. Please check with your onc,that neither of these interfere with your chemo drugs though.

Ginger is also great for nausea.
But going back to the cayenne pepper,used as a poultice,it draws heat to the area and therefore increases blood flow.Taking oxygen and blood to the painful area to aid healing.

Google them =)

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I copy and pasted this off a website!

Ginger Root
Ginger Root has a long history in many cultures. The Ancient Indians used Ginger as a physical cleanser, to treat digestive ailments, and as a spiritual healer. Greeks used to wrap a piece of Ginger in bread and eat it after a long meal to help with digestion and alleviate indigestion.

In England they added Ginger to beer creating a tonic to ease nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Perhaps the most well-known culture to use Ginger has been the Chinese, whose history of use goes back as far a 3000 B.C. They have given Ginger its traditional role as a remedy for heartburn, nausea, motion sickness, loss of appetite, vomiting, and stomach cramps. They believe Ginger is such a powerful herb, which is why it is featured in many Chinese foods.

Today Ginger is still relied on to help control nausea and ease digestion. Ginger Root can be found in the Cleanse component of Puristat's 7-Day Cleansing System.

Ginger Root originates from Southern China, but can be grown in the subtropics and tropics of Asia. In addition to China today it is cultivated in Jamaica , Brazil Nigeria, and the tropical areas of the United States. For best quality the Ginger Root that is being cultivated for medicinal purposes is allowed to mature for 8 to 9 months before being harvested. After harvesting the leaves are removed and the root is washed, peeled, and cut. The pieces are then left in the sun to dry. After drying the Ginger is either ground into a powder or the oil is extracted to be used.

Nausea and Ginger
Perhaps the most well-known use of Ginger Root is its ability to relieve nausea associated both with an upset stomach and motion sickness. "In fact, in one study, ginger was shown to be far superior to Dramamine, a commonly used over-the-counter and prescription drug for motion sickness" (the world's healthiest foods p. 2). Unlike other anti-nausea medications, Ginger Root will not cause any drowsiness because it works directly on the digestive system. Most anti-nausea medications block the message from the brain, where Ginger goes directly to the stomach to ease the problem. Ginger Root's active ingredients are gingerols and shogaols. These ingredients work to neutralize stomach acids that may be causing stomach irritation. They also increase the secretion of digestive juices to better digest foods that are already in the stomach. This combination greatly aids the digestive process providing relief from and preventing nausea.

Gas, Indigestion and Ginger
Ginger Root increases saliva secretions and the secretions of the stomach. Both of these actions help to sooth the entire digestive tract so there is no irritation. Gas and indigestion are often caused by these irritations of the lining of the digestive tract. Once soothed the result is a relief from any gas and indigestion discomfort one may be experiencing.

Ginger as an Anti-Inflammatory
The gingerols that are found in Ginger are very powerful anti-inflammatory compounds, which help relieve joint pain associated with arthritis. The gingerols inhibit the production of nitric oxide, which is responsible for the joint pain and arthritis. Once the production of nitric oxide is reduced so is the irritation on the joints providing much needed relief from those suffering from chronic arthritis. "Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly" (the world's healthiest foods p.3).

Immune Booster
Ginger is thought of as a "hot" spice, which means in produces a warming effect on the human body. It is this warming effect that produces a sweat, which provides an increased immunity, yes there is some truth behind "you have to sweat out a cold." The sweat glands produce a compound called dermicidin which once delivered to the skin provides protection against infection. This compound fights off any infection that may come in contact with the skin. "Ginger can not only be warming on a cold day, but can help promote healthy sweating, which is often helpful during colds and flu's" (the world's healthiest foods p.5).

Summary of Benefits

•Ginger root is effective in relieving nausea associated with an upset stomach and motion sickness.
•The increased digestive secretions that Ginger Root produces eases gas and indigestion.
•Ginger Roots ability to reduce nitric oxide provides relief from joint pain associated with arthritis.
•There is truth to sweating out a cold, Ginger Root's ability to make you sweat provides increased immunity.


not sure how this will help with joint pain caused by chemo but if it doesnt interfere with the chemo,its worth a shot


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