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Aromatase Inhibitors & carpal tunnel/triggers finger

Posted by @shenriq, Tue, Feb 27 8:18am

14 mos of “AI” meds, I’m coping with daily hand-wrist-finger pain. I’m on my 3rd drug, having taken Anastrozole & Aromasin-each for 6 mos and now on Letrezol since January. Any advice to deal with this, besides using hand braces&finger splints and daily exercise? I need to be on this for 5 yrs total and can’t take Tamoxifin. Help!

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Hello @shenriq, I would live to invite @oh_suzie_q, @caf132, @gdonald3, @acummings, and @hchristopher who have all discussed carpal tunnel on Mayo Clinic Connect and they may be able to share their thoughts.

I did see that joint pain is listed as a side effect of anastrozole, https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/anastrozole-oral-route/side-effects/drg-20061868. I would like to invite @maureenkarras, @mljskeet, @luladavis, @cautiousoptimism, @tinalove, and @cindylb to share their thoughts about the joint pains in regards to AI medications.

@shenriq, if you don't mind sharing, have you noticed a difference since switching to letrezol?

@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @shenriq, I would live to invite @oh_suzie_q, @caf132, @gdonald3, @acummings, and @hchristopher who have all discussed carpal tunnel on Mayo Clinic Connect and they may be able to share their thoughts.

I did see that joint pain is listed as a side effect of anastrozole, https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/anastrozole-oral-route/side-effects/drg-20061868. I would like to invite @maureenkarras, @mljskeet, @luladavis, @cautiousoptimism, @tinalove, and @cindylb to share their thoughts about the joint pains in regards to AI medications.

@shenriq, if you don't mind sharing, have you noticed a difference since switching to letrezol?

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I welcome all information sharing and encourage feedback.
While a link was provided for Anastrozole, I’ve moved away from it and Aromasin, and have been taking Letrozole since January and throughout my experience with AIs, joint pain I has persisted, particularly in my hands & wrists, including a trigger finger. I would welcome info that states and compares Letrozole side effects.
Good news: As of last weekend, it dawned on me that the pain in my fingers, hands & wrists has significantly dissipated. It was a strange realization, given the challenges I’ve endured for more than a year. Three days have passed and I’m continuing to enjoy a more comfortable life. I continue to have a painful trigger finger and carpal tunnel in both hands, but I’m wearing a finger splint, two wrist braces at night, as well, exercising my hands daily.
Wooo Hooooo!!!!!!
I have new hope that I can continue on this drug for just short of 4 more years. I am relieved.

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Anyone have success with Tumeric curcumin?

@ddj323

Anyone have success with Tumeric curcumin?

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I take turmeric curcumin. I heard it calms down the inflammation of arthritis. It is funny because I just bought another bottle but I am not sure it’s working or not. I have Ankylosing Spondylitis and it depends on the weather and other things that I will have soreness and pain. Dampness and cold bother me but I take turmeric as an insurance to ward off what might be. @marield65

@ddj323

Anyone have success with Tumeric curcumin?

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I started taking turmeric curcumin pill about a year ago, and have been off all pain medications since April 23, 2017. Some time I take it in milk at night. I was suffering from arthritis pain in my foot, in my hand at the base of thumb and was bone on bone in my left knee. I’ve been completely pain free at this time. So, yes it has helped me tremendously.

Unfortunately, turmeric curcumin has done nothing for me. I have been taking it at night for about six month. I have arthritis pain in my ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. Hope it works for you.

Welcome to Connect @ddj323 and @gordoapa,

We have several discussions taking place about turmeric which you may also wish to view:
– turmeric with black pepper https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/turmeric-with-black-pepper/
– What brand of turmeric is best for a diabetic? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-brand-of-turmeric-is-best-for-a-diabetic/
– Turmeric a help for lowering blood sugars and other benefits? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/turmeric-a-help-for-lowering-blood-sugars-and-other-benefits/

I'm also tagging a few other Connect members – @parus, @speedy, @bonniecanby, @hopeful33250, @lisa54, @vonbaron36, @jlfisher56, @lioness, @rmoen @retiredteacher, and Mentors @johnbishop, @gman007 – who’ve talked a bit about turmeric and whether it was beneficial or not.

These days turmeric has become the new superfood, but with regard to whether it should replace or even supplement your medications, I'd like to emphasize that Mayo Clinic advises that people should consult with their current care provider before making any changes to their existing medication or treatment plan.

There is no doubt that turmeric is beneficial in many ways. I'm originally from India, and know that the spice has been used in India as an anti-inflammatory, cough suppressant, skin purifier, and other cures for thousands of years – it's a natural, safe product. But whether it is truly effective, is still being researched. There is not much information on the right dose of curcumin, one of the main components of turmeric, along with the fact that it is not easily absorbed by our body for it to be as effective as many claim. We are also not clear about the interaction between turmeric and other drugs; for example, due to its blood-thinning property (which is also still being studied), it may interact adversely with anticoagulant drugs.

There is promise in the use of turmeric, and many other spices, but when deciding to move it from the kitchen to our medicine cabinet, it is best to be cautious, and do it under your doctor's guidance.

I have started growing my own even though I live in zone 6…Brought it in for the winter and have a nice touch of the tropics. I have tried the capsules (GMO free, organic) and found it upset my stomach. We are all different. I now drink a tea and whether it really helps…? All I know is I enjoy a couple of cups a day with a tad of coconut oil. since I cannot take low dose aspirin as recommended my BP is down. Also do not know if this is why. Also like it freshly grated in some recipes.
If something sounds too good to be true…

Hello @ddj323 and @gordoapa, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with @kanaazpereira and other members. I've been taking turmeric capsules for inflammation for about 6 months or so and it seems to help but it may be just my perception. I take it because I have polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and was looking for some help so that I could get off of prednisone and stay off if and when the PMR goes into remission again. This is my second router with PMR and I stopped taking my 1 mg dosage of prednisone on the last day of February. I am still feeling some stiffness and joint pain when I wake up but it usually goes away by mid morning if I'm lucky.

I agree with Kanaaz about talking it over with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure there are no conflicts with any medications you are taking.

John

@kanaazpereira

Welcome to Connect @ddj323 and @gordoapa,

We have several discussions taking place about turmeric which you may also wish to view:
– turmeric with black pepper https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/turmeric-with-black-pepper/
– What brand of turmeric is best for a diabetic? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-brand-of-turmeric-is-best-for-a-diabetic/
– Turmeric a help for lowering blood sugars and other benefits? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/turmeric-a-help-for-lowering-blood-sugars-and-other-benefits/

I'm also tagging a few other Connect members – @parus, @speedy, @bonniecanby, @hopeful33250, @lisa54, @vonbaron36, @jlfisher56, @lioness, @rmoen @retiredteacher, and Mentors @johnbishop, @gman007 – who’ve talked a bit about turmeric and whether it was beneficial or not.

These days turmeric has become the new superfood, but with regard to whether it should replace or even supplement your medications, I'd like to emphasize that Mayo Clinic advises that people should consult with their current care provider before making any changes to their existing medication or treatment plan.

There is no doubt that turmeric is beneficial in many ways. I'm originally from India, and know that the spice has been used in India as an anti-inflammatory, cough suppressant, skin purifier, and other cures for thousands of years – it's a natural, safe product. But whether it is truly effective, is still being researched. There is not much information on the right dose of curcumin, one of the main components of turmeric, along with the fact that it is not easily absorbed by our body for it to be as effective as many claim. We are also not clear about the interaction between turmeric and other drugs; for example, due to its blood-thinning property (which is also still being studied), it may interact adversely with anticoagulant drugs.

There is promise in the use of turmeric, and many other spices, but when deciding to move it from the kitchen to our medicine cabinet, it is best to be cautious, and do it under your doctor's guidance.

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I started using Turmeric and found relieve unfortunately my stomach didn't like it so stopped it but I sprinkle it on everything ,good on eggs just read today about the pain-weight-inflammation research this Dr. believes it's all related In this article you do Intermittent fasting eat 3big meals a day ,not 6small and eat between 6-8 hrs then fast for instance 11a.m.eat stop at 8p.m. You can make your own hours but need 16hrs fasting for your body to rejuvenate itself interesting concept?

@johnbishop

Hello @ddj323 and @gordoapa, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with @kanaazpereira and other members. I've been taking turmeric capsules for inflammation for about 6 months or so and it seems to help but it may be just my perception. I take it because I have polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and was looking for some help so that I could get off of prednisone and stay off if and when the PMR goes into remission again. This is my second router with PMR and I stopped taking my 1 mg dosage of prednisone on the last day of February. I am still feeling some stiffness and joint pain when I wake up but it usually goes away by mid morning if I'm lucky.

I agree with Kanaaz about talking it over with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure there are no conflicts with any medications you are taking.

John

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All that everyone is doing ,most important is exercise ,any amount is beneficial

@kanaazpereira

Welcome to Connect @ddj323 and @gordoapa,

We have several discussions taking place about turmeric which you may also wish to view:
– turmeric with black pepper https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/turmeric-with-black-pepper/
– What brand of turmeric is best for a diabetic? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-brand-of-turmeric-is-best-for-a-diabetic/
– Turmeric a help for lowering blood sugars and other benefits? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/turmeric-a-help-for-lowering-blood-sugars-and-other-benefits/

I'm also tagging a few other Connect members – @parus, @speedy, @bonniecanby, @hopeful33250, @lisa54, @vonbaron36, @jlfisher56, @lioness, @rmoen @retiredteacher, and Mentors @johnbishop, @gman007 – who’ve talked a bit about turmeric and whether it was beneficial or not.

These days turmeric has become the new superfood, but with regard to whether it should replace or even supplement your medications, I'd like to emphasize that Mayo Clinic advises that people should consult with their current care provider before making any changes to their existing medication or treatment plan.

There is no doubt that turmeric is beneficial in many ways. I'm originally from India, and know that the spice has been used in India as an anti-inflammatory, cough suppressant, skin purifier, and other cures for thousands of years – it's a natural, safe product. But whether it is truly effective, is still being researched. There is not much information on the right dose of curcumin, one of the main components of turmeric, along with the fact that it is not easily absorbed by our body for it to be as effective as many claim. We are also not clear about the interaction between turmeric and other drugs; for example, due to its blood-thinning property (which is also still being studied), it may interact adversely with anticoagulant drugs.

There is promise in the use of turmeric, and many other spices, but when deciding to move it from the kitchen to our medicine cabinet, it is best to be cautious, and do it under your doctor's guidance.

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I would check with a nutritionist. Also this fasting is NOT for a diabetic!

@gordoapa

I started taking turmeric curcumin pill about a year ago, and have been off all pain medications since April 23, 2017. Some time I take it in milk at night. I was suffering from arthritis pain in my foot, in my hand at the base of thumb and was bone on bone in my left knee. I’ve been completely pain free at this time. So, yes it has helped me tremendously.

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I also have thumb pain, knee problems and foot pain. How much tumeric do you take? I just ordered some raw tumeric from Amazon. Thanks, Debbie

Hello @babo4, welcome to Connect. I take turmeric capsules which is easier for me. I tried the organic turmeric powder but it's more work and has a definite taste that is not for everyone including me ☺ There are a couple of good websites with turmeric information that I have found:

TurmericLife.com.au – How to Eat Turmeric
https://www.turmericlife.com.au/blogs/news/how-to-make-turmeric

TurmericAustralia.com.au – Cooking with turmeric
https://turmericaustralia.com.au/cooking-with-turmeric/

John

@parus

I have started growing my own even though I live in zone 6…Brought it in for the winter and have a nice touch of the tropics. I have tried the capsules (GMO free, organic) and found it upset my stomach. We are all different. I now drink a tea and whether it really helps…? All I know is I enjoy a couple of cups a day with a tad of coconut oil. since I cannot take low dose aspirin as recommended my BP is down. Also do not know if this is why. Also like it freshly grated in some recipes.
If something sounds too good to be true…

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@parus
Good ideas! By the way, I love your new picture!

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