My back, knees and muscles are very painful. I have gotten very weak as well. My chemo has been over for 2 weeks short of a year, radiation completed October 2009. I am going to PT and walking on my breaks from work. Can I do anything else to alleviate these sideffects? I.E. protien supplements(no soy!) or anything? I take a multivitamin, extra D and extra B complex.I also take ginko to try to get my brains back.
Fish oil ( omega 3) helps, of course it is a supplement.-
Talk to your oncologist about the following medications/treatments.-
Mild to Moderate Pain
Pain relievers: Tylenol and a group of pain relievers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Motrin and Aleve) can treat mild to moderate pain. Many of these are over-the-counter drugs that do not require a prescription, but some do require a prescription. Patients should check with a physician before using these medicines, especially if chemotherapy is being administered. NSAIDs can slow blood clotting.
Moderate to Severe Pain
Narcotic pain relievers: These drugs include morphine, Actiq, Duragesic, Dilaudid, oxycodone (sold under the brand names OxyContin, Percocet, and Tylox) and codeine. Narcotic pain relievers require a prescription and may be used along with mild pain relievers for moderate to severe pain.
Onset narcotic pain relievers: Onset narcotic pain relievers, which require a prescription, are used to treat breakthrough pain (a flare-up of pain characterized by rapid onset, severe intensity and short duration). Immediate-release oral morphine is among these drugs.
Tingling and Burning Pain
Antidepressants: antidepressants are used to relieve pain regardless of if the person is depressed. Elavil, Pamelor, Norpramine are antidepressants prescribed to treat pain.
Anticonvulsants (anti-seizure medications): Despite the name, anticonvulsants are used not only for seizures, but also to control burning and tingling pain, painful symptoms of nerve damage. Tegretol and Neurontin require prescriptions
Other drugs: Corticosteroids such as Deltasone are used to lessen swelling, which often causes pain.
I am sorry, this is all I am available to help you with.-
Take care and all the best
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