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Chemo-Brain Finally, some scientific proof about a condition that many women experience after breast cancer treatment, and note to each other, even though many doctors deny or minimize the significance of this complaint. Chemo-brain is that fuzzy feeling that leaves you confused and forgetful. It's an inability to concentrate and focus on what you’re reading -- and it's not just in our heads. Or rather, we’re not imagining this. Our brains really are different. A tiny article buried in the Washington Post this week and reported in the journal Cancer says that chemotherapy after cancer surgery does cause short-term changes in brain structure, affecting memory and analytic ability. Brain volume in some regions of the brain was smaller in 51 women with breast cancer who got chemotherapy versus 54 women who did not. The new research measured the size of different parts of the brain, which may explain why women experience cognitive problems after breast cancer treatment. The artic...
Diseases that fall under spondyloarthritis umbrella are ankylosing spondylitis , reactive arthritis (known previously as Reiter's syndrome) psoriatic arthritis and psoriatic spondylitis, and the arthritis or spondylitis associated with the inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease . Still other patients may develop undifferentiated spondyloarthritis. This means they have symptoms or signs of one of the illnesses above, but don't develop the full blown disease. The disease most frequently begins between ages 20 and 40, but may begin before age 10. It affects more males than females. Risk factors include a family history of ankylosing spondylitis and male gender. Symptoms of Spondyloarthris The disease starts with hip or low back pain that comes and goes and is worse at night, in the morning, or after inactivity. Back pain may begin in the sacroiliac joints (between the pelvis and the spine) and involve all or part of the spine. Pain may go aw...
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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