I had a lumpectomy for non-invasive DCIS 10/2018, followed by 6 weeks of radiation (Post-menopausal). I started Letrozole at the end of January 2019. My manufacturer is Apotex. A couple of months later, the joint pain started in my hips, thighs, shoulders, and lower back. Later on, I developed pain in my feet and hands also. My primary doctor recommended physical therapy, which was very helpful. I continued the exercises after completing therapy, and I started massages twice a month with a licensed massage therapist. My symptoms slowly improved. Recently, I tried Dr. Motions compression socks, and I notice three weeks later that I had more improvement in my joint pains: hips and thigh especially and feet. My massage therapist has been working on my shoulders and lower back and both areas are much better especially during the night. I am continuing with these efforts as I decided not to take pain medicine to protect my stomach. I still struggle with fatigue, and I have to rest more after I come home from work. I am sharing these efforts, though I am aware people respond differently to treatments. I encourage my fellow survivors to try a variety of strategies to see if any will work to provide a better quality of life before making the big decision to quit. Letrozole is tough, but hopefully, more of us can stay the course.
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