Work with a pillow with positions so there isn't as much pressure on the joints.
Sometimes the side effects are so severe you need to talk to your oncologist to see if there's a different aromatase inhibitor that's better than another one with fewer side effects. Survivor02: I have been taking Effexor, which is great for hot flashes, but my sex drive has gone down. I have some women who've done well on Wellbutrin (chemical name: bupropion) as far as mood and energy.
Deborah: I am 45, currently on tamoxifen, and still premenopausal.
I heard Wellbutrin doesn't cause loss of sex drive so much, but can Wellbutrin help hot flashes? It is weight-neutral, and doesn't seem to have the sexual side effects other medications do.It may not have the same coverage for the hot flashes as Effexor (chemical name: venlafaxine) or Paxil (chemical name: paroxetine).There are also vaginal tablets called Vagifem that have 25 micrograms of estradiol that you place initially every night in the vagina for two weeks, then twice weekly.The concern with some doctors is that the estrogen will be absorbed.The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Sex, Intimacy, and Breast Cancer featured Leslie R. Dana: I haven't been intimate with anyone since I had my bilateral mastectomy and I am scared to death of the reaction to my scars. There is also the issue of getting comfortable yourself with the way that your body looks so that you can feel good about yourself and your own attractiveness.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2008. I think it's especially difficult if you're not in a committed relationship because you don't have that background of love and commitment that gives you more confidence about how your partner's going to feel about you.But you do find a few men who are very rejective of a woman who doesn't have two breasts.The one thing I would add is that there's nothing wrong with wearing some sexy lingerie or breast prostheses or a padded bra that makes you feel more comfortable with how you look.Kara Nakisbendi There's some physical therapy that can be done to help make the tissue more elastic and able to be more mobile. Kara Nakisbendi I suggest some kind of exercise program that's gentle to the joints and keeps things moving.If it's more chronic, there are more localized medications or you might even consider acupuncture. Just listen to your body if things make you uncomfortable. I would talk to your physician about supplements, whether it would be possible to take fatty acids or glucosamine.This makes sense to me, but I am terrified of the side effects, particularly the sexual side effects. Editor’s Note: Recommended vaginal lubricants include Astroglide, Today Personal, Ortho Gyne-Moistrin, Moist Again, Replens, Probe, and K-Y Jelly. I think it's crucial, and I wish all women had easy access to a gynecologist as knowledgeable and sympathetic as Dr. Women often have a hard time getting their gynecologist or oncologist really to pay attention to the problems that they're having in this area.