Jun 12, 2020 02:04PM lala1 wrote:
Definitely keep up with the movement. And water, water, water! Tamoxifen is very dehydrating so you have to drink more water than usual. Also try adding a good turmeric supplement. It must have the black pepper in it. I took Gaia turmeric for years and recently swapped to Bio Schwartz. I like them both and usually just get whichever is in stock and/or cheaper. Here's how my doctor told me to take it: take 1 capsule a day for a month and if it works keep doing that. If not, take 2 capsules a day for a month. If that works, continue with 2 for another month then wean down to 1 and see if it continues to work. If 2 doesn't work then turmeric probably won't help you. It doesn't help everyone but when it does, it really works!! My doctor also had me take ginger, fish oil with at least 900mg of EPA/DHA. I take the Vitamin Shoppe extra strength brand that has 990mg I believe. He also put me on magnesium. At his recommendation, I take magnesium glycinate. I found the KAL brand to work the best. Once I got on this regimen, most of my aches and pains faded away so I was able to get through my 5 years.
In addition to these suggestions, I will say that at the recommendation of a worker in the Vitamin Shoppe I started taking olive leaf extract capsules. I was struggling with lots of colds after my surgeries which I usually never get. I started OLE about 6 years ago and haven't had one cold since! I totally swear by that stuff!
To top off my list I take a baby aspirin twice a week to help keep blood clots away (which is an SE of Tamoxifen). I only do 2 times a week because daily made me bruise badly and my doctor feels this dose works just as well. And lastly I take a multivitamin...one with as low a dose of Vitamin E as I could find as my MO feel E is slightly estrogenic.
So there's the list! Hope this helps!
PS--Try not to worry too much about the weight right now. My MO told me that most of his patients gain about 40lbs in the first year with Tamoxifen and usually in the second year about half will come off. I gained about 15 (so he was happy) and none came off till I got off Tamoxifen. And even then it took another year for it to suddenly start to go and another 6 months to get back to pre BC weight. So just be patient and give yourself a break.