Fatigue, often extreme fatigue, is a key symptom of fibromyalgia . For many, it can be even more debilitating than the pain. Doctors generally tend to shy away from prescribing medications to treat fatigue. I suspect that's because most of them are stimulants and can be highly addicting. The anti-fatigue drug I most often hear being prescribed for fibromyalgia is Provigil , which is FDA approved for narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea and multiple sclerosis-related fatigue. However, Provigil tends to stop working if it is taken every day. The problem I personally have with taking prescription drugs for fatigue is that, although they may make me feel like I have more energy, they don't address the core problem causing the fatigue. I'm afraid that if I do more because I feel more energetic, I may actually be harming my body by pushing myself too much. Where Energy Comes From Imagine that each cell in your body is a car. Mitochondria are the en...
Pain and aches in your bones and joints can range from mild discomfort that goes away by itself to severe aches that require medication. Arthritis can cause bone and joint pain. Cancer spreading (metastasizing) into a bone also causes pain.
Some breast cancer treatments may cause bone or joint pain:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Some pain medications, such as Feldene (chemical name: piroxicam) also can cause bone or joint pain. Bisphosphonates, medicines used to treat osteoporosis, may cause bone or joint pain. Common bisphosphonates are Fosamax (chemical name: alendronate sodium), Actonel (chemical name: risedronate), and Boniva (chemical name: ibandronate).
Managing bone or joint pain
If you have bone or joint pain, talk to your doctor. If your bone p...
Proper Care of the Body's Shock Absorbers Just like motor oil keeps your car running smoothly, there’s an important fluid that lubricates and nourishes your joints. This substance is called synovial (syn ō vi`al) fluid, and joints that contain it — like your shoulders and hips — are called synovial joints. As you move, sacks of this fluid cushion your knees and elbows against friction, and these sacks are known as bursae (bûr´s∂). When you hear people talk about tennis elbow — outer elbow pain often caused by repetitive motion — they actually have inflamed bursae, which doctors refer to as bursitis. Joint pain can interfere with your physical activity and daily life. The flip side, however, is that as your fitness level increases, joint pain may decrease. Here are some things you can do to encourage both of these desired results: * Warm up before any activity. Try this for your knees: Sit in a chair, and slowly raise your left foot un...
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