Pregnancy can result in back pain, which can linger for a time after the delivery. Three possible causes for the back pain might include: 1. Extra weight is obvious. This is putting more strain on the back, and often women keep some of this extra weight even after the delivery, putting a chronic strain on the back. 2. The center of gravity in a pregnant woman moves forward as the uterus grows in size. Unconsciously or not, the woman will alter her gait and posture to adjust to these changes. This puts unusual strain on back muscles and ligaments, and can cause continued pain after pregnancy if these alterations in gait and posture are not corrected. 3. The hormone relaxin prepares the pelvis for delivery of the baby by softening the ligaments between the bones of the pelvis, causing loosening so to speak. This can cause lower back pain upon walking, and sometimes more intense pain when stairs must be navigated. The persistence of the weight gain would probably prolong the changes th...
A stunning report in the December 15, 2006 New York Times , citing strong evidence linking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with breast cancer , spawned a tidal wave of media coverage. It seems every paper across America picked up the story, which came out of the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The news detailed long-term results of the landmark Women's Health Initiative (WHI), prematurely halted in 2002 when researchers found overwhelming evidence of particular health risks among hormone users, most notably for stroke and breast cancer. In San Antonio, the results of further studies seemed to confirm those risks with long-term hard data: rates for the most common form of breast cancer dropped precipitously between August 2002 and December 2003, when many women stopped HRT. This drop of 15 percent in just 16 months is the biggest decline in any specific type of cancer in any one year–ever. Pretty convincing, huh? If you were still on HRT, this was another big wak...
A number of new effective hormonal therapies have recently become available. These treatments help stop the hormone estrogen from fueling the growth of breast cancer cells. So which one do you try first? Your best option depends on how you've responded in the past to hormonal therapy, and whether you are still menstruating (having periods regularly).
If the cancer grew or otherwise got worse while you were taking one type of hormonal therapy, your doctor may switch you to a different type of hormonal treatment. But if more than two years has passed since you took the hormonal therapy and had a recurrence, you may still respond to that first medication you were taking. To find out all your choices, read the section below that applies to you.
If you are still having a period each month, you have several choices of hormonal therapy:
treatments that stop your ovaries from making estrogen (ovary shutdown)
tamoxifen AND ovary shutdown
Megace (chemical name:...
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