An intermittent pneumatic compression device is used in hospitals to prevent blood clots after surgery. There are a variety of these "calf massagers" spanning a wide range of prices for sale online. I have tried to research if this would help leg cramps, particularly at night, caused by Evista/Raloxifene–an endocrine drug to reduce breast cancer risk–and have found nothing. This device might even help with blood clots, which are also a side effect of Evista.
A lot of the cancer sites advise patients to talk to their oncologist about side effects from the cancer drugs. So far, the oncologist's solution has been to just try a different drug because there is nothing they can do besides suggest a $50 weekly+ acupuncture session for the next 5-10 years, which is not covered by insurance. Not realistic.
Because I have run through the 5 major chemoprevention drugs and experienced severe and surprisingly unique side effects for each, I am looking for an innovative approach to deal with the side effects of Drug #5, my last hope, Evista/Raloxifene.
So what about an intermittent pneumatic compression device for drug-induced leg cramps? Anyone know whether this might be effective? If I buy one, I will certainly report back here about my experiment.
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