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Congratulations on finishing chemo!
Yes, the pain can be very bad, but it does get better.
There are many things that will help. Massage is great, and yes, sometimes it will hurt after massage therapy, but the pain ameliorates when you drink plenty of water before and after the massage.
Take hot baths with Epson salts. Good for the body and the spirit.
Try exercising on a balance ball. The ball absorbs most of the impact, so you can do even jumping jacks without rattling your bones.
Don't give up on exercises. Do your stretches, a little yoga, use resistance bands, or take little walks often.
Try acupuncture. Use muscle rubs. My Chinese doctor has an herbal balm that works wonders on muscles and joints. I have acquired quite the taste for the wonderful aroma of Ben-Gay, has become my favourite perfume ;).
You have succeeded through your chemo journey and now you start rebuilding yourself little by little. Take it easy but keep up your exercises and nutrition and lots and lots of water. The pain is real and hard to take, but it will get better, that's for certain!
Edited by: LOULOUBE at: 1/7/2012 (23:01)
I do not have any suggestions for you, except to go to your specialist or GP and ask them what your alternatives are. Here in Australia we have an organisation called "Bosom Buddies", a group of caring people who walk with you along your breast cancer journey and can offer advice or links to people who can help you with issues regarding breast cancer. I was wondering if you have similar support people whom you might be able to ask? I am sending you lots of positive thoughts and warm hugs and hope that someone more useful than me can help you!
Make everywhere you go a little bit better than when you arrived...
Does anyone have any good information on managing muscle and joint pain from taxotere? I finished my chemo 3 months ago and the aches seem to be getting worse instead of better. I have tried exercising but being on my feet for an extended amount of time makes it worse. I am also recovering from a double mastectomy so I have to be careful. I tried massage and was in excruciating pain for the next 2-3 days. Pain killers work but it is becoming an unacceptable alternative. My back and rear end start to hurt from sitting around.
Any suggestion? I am getting desperate, sore, bored and depressed.