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Osteoporosis is often called the “silent disease.” Its outward symptoms are hard to detect, and for many, especially those with a minor case, it’s virtually painless – unless it results in a broken bone or includes osteoarthritis. But being diagnosed with bone loss at a young age can cause personal issues, including emotional pain that’s every bit as difficult as a fractured wrist. Osteoporosis. Old ladies’ disease, right? Despite the gorgeous silver-haired, tennis-playing women in those magazine ads for Fosamax and Boniva, for most Americans osteoporosis inspires a mental image of a frail, white-haired woman, back hunched nearly double, slowly inching along with a walker. Well, it ain’t necessarily so. I was diagnosed with osteopenia at age 48. No gray hair. No grandkids. No tennis, either, but plenty of chasing around after kids, working long hours, and making regular visits to my “favorite” hangout: the gym. Thus I was shock...
Hi! My name is Natalia, I'm 26, and I was diagnosed back in August with stage 4 Breast Cancer , which spread all over my back, pelvic area and tail bone. I am currently waiting for my surgery on the 28th of this month, to have my left breast completely removed. As long as I can remember, femininity, my trendy clothes and going out almost all the time was my life. I never worried about seeing the doctor or ever getting a check up. My life was party after party. I have always had a live for the moment type of attitude. I always told my mom and my friends you only live once: do what you want, who cares about tomorrow? Boy, did my mind and my attitude totally change. I felt a lump in my left breast and I didn't pay any attention to it. Time went by and it started to get bigger and bigger. I brought it to my docto'rs attention, and she said that it was an infected fibroid cell, that I was way too young to have breas...
Back pain can range from a dull ache to a sudden sharp pain when you try and lift something. At some point in their lives, about 8 out of 10 people will have back pain.
Some hormonal therapies for breast cancer may cause back pain:
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Some pain medications, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, also can cause back pain.
Managing back pain
If your back pain is very bad or lasts for longer than a few days, talk to your doctor. You may be able to change to a different hormonal treatment or pain medicine that may ease your back problems.
One of the best things you can do to prevent back pain is to exercise regularly and keep your back and core muscles strong. Stretching your back muscles also can help ease back pain and stiffness. Staying in bed all day can actually make your back feel worse.
Some complementary and holistic medicine techniques have been shown to ease back pain, including:
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