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Topic: Unique situation, tough spot. Long read. Sorry

Forum: Alternative Medicine —

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Posted on: May 8, 2019 12:36AM - edited May 8, 2019 06:51AM by Amyadipose

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May 8, 2019 01:16AM voraciousreader wrote:

you are posting on the alternative thread, so you will get lots of support here if that is the route you choose. If you post on a just diagnosed on the “regular” threads, you will find equal support there as well. I think your issue right now is not so much about choosing what route is right for you, but how you will justify your treatment decision to your loved ones. It isn’t easy. So, my best advise is to treat yourself gently. Make as many doctor appointments as you can and then make your decision. Frankly, I shared my diagnosis with few people and my treatment decision with even fewer people. In fact, my mother was in her 80’s when I was diagnosed and I never told her about my diagnosis. She died recently at 93 never knowing about my illness and i was fine with that. I told my siblings and they never told our mom either.


I wish you well

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
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May 8, 2019 02:55AM wrenn wrote:

Aorry you have been diagnosed.Having the tumour removed will decrease the burden on your system and then you can decide if you want to do further conventional treatment or alternative.

Do what you can to minimize stress. You can deal with your mother or other family later. I would focus on getting the cancer out and getting as much information as you can. Be good to yourself.

Metaplastic IDC Triple negative...Tumour is 1.5cm. BMX Aug. 16th. Chemo cancelled after one dose due to complications. Dx 7/25/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 16, 2019 01:11AM Bornfighting wrote:

I am considering acupuncture to help me with the side effects of Arimidex generic. Has anyone tried the brand name? I am having problems swallowing the tablet. It is making my entire mouth sore. The brand name may be coated. Tonight I used whipped cream to help me swallow the tablet. Any advice would be appreciated. Has anyone else used acupuncture + Arimidex?

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May 16, 2019 07:41AM Moderators wrote:

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If you have questions about acupuncture sounds like it is probably best to to start your own new topic under the Complementary and Holistic Medicine and Treatment. Let us know if you need help with that!

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May 16, 2019 10:35AM LinnyG wrote:

Bornfighting - I just hung up from an acupuncturist. I'm taking anastrozole, 6 months into it. The hot flashes are dreadful but what's really getting me down is lack of sleep. Some nights ZERO sleep but mostly I fall asleep, then wake up a couple of hours later and up for remainder of the night (and day). Tried Benadryl, melatonin, Sleepytime tea. I am extremely active. Onc suggested Neurontin (gabapentin), but I just do not want another med. Soooo....leads me to acupuncture. I have an appointment on 5/20! I'll let you know how it works out.


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May 30, 2019 07:01PM chantoosy wrote:

LinnyG, I'm brand new here on this forum but I saw your difficulty with getting enough sleep, which is crucial, and I have couple of suggestions: A few months ago I bought pure CBD capsules--these are expensive (about $90. for 30) and you can't buy them in every state, but i'm in CA and here there are dispensaries--I started taking one 45mg capsule of a product called "Fiori Ease" about a half hour before bedtime and it gave a much more restful sleep from the first night, and got better with repetition. I haven't taken it now for a month or two and still sleep well. Another thing I have done is locating a hypnosis offering on Youtube that I like and play it in the afternoon, during or after which I experience a very restful nap; there are many on there to choose from and repetition is key for good results. Even though I'm a hypnotherapist, I find that someone else's voice works better for me than my own, or than self-hypnosis does. Most of my life I've never had a hard time falling asleep, but for many years now, even before the bc, I've used an antacid (Zantac or Pepcid) when I'm very restless and my body and/or mind won't relax and settle--I think being too acidic causes this kind of sleeplessness. Hope some of this can help you.

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