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Forum: Complementary and Holistic Medicine and Treatment — Complementary medicine refers to treatments that are used WITH standard treatment. Holistic medicine is a term used to describe therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a whole person.

Posted on: Dec 30, 2016 04:53AM - edited Dec 30, 2016 04:54AM by gardengypsy

gardengypsy wrote:

Since completing treatment last summer, I have experienced a very serious symptom cluster. Chemo, radiation and Tamoxifen have brought on everything from peripheral neuropathy, brain fog to depression.

Has anyone ever used acupuncture for SEs? If so, what were the results?

I am also interested in any other alternative/complementary medicine and therapies you can recommend. Because I am highly estrogen positive, certain herbs and supplements are not an option.

Best wishes to all,

gardengypsy

Dx 10/29/2015, ILC/IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/3/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 1/8/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/23/2016 Hormonal Therapy 5/27/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 6/5/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Dec 30, 2016 06:03AM proudtospin wrote:

I have done accupuncture for back pain. It did not help but rather was relaxing in the manner of a nice massage. I do both for the relaxation as well as facials, anything to relax

iris Dx 6/2008, DCIS, Stage 0, ER+
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Jan 1, 2017 04:29AM Momine wrote:

My mom had acupuncture in connection with her cancer treatment, and it seemed to help her. In my own case, persistent exercise helped me recover from the various treatment after-effects. I also took care to eat well, lots of fibre, fish, nuts and veggies. For the brain fog, I played games: Sudoku and Candy Crush mostly. It may sound silly, but it is good brain gymnastics and not too taxing at the same time. Finally I strove and strive to do things I enjoy. I find it helpful. If I am going to do something I really want to do, I am more motivated to overlook the achy feet or whatever might be bothering me.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/19/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/12/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/8/2012 Surgery 3/7/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 2, 2017 05:46PM - edited Jan 2, 2017 06:37PM by gardengypsy

Thanks, Momine and Proud to Spin.

I'm 5 months out of treatment and I feel like I am not recovering at all. Perhaps it's early yet and I have to be more patient..

Dx 10/29/2015, ILC/IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/3/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 1/8/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/23/2016 Hormonal Therapy 5/27/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 6/5/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jan 2, 2017 07:44PM meg2016 wrote:

I did acupuncture during chemo for neuropathy as I developed it quickly and it was worsening through treatment. The acupuncture absolutely helped as the neuropathy started improving even while I was still having chemo treatments. It helped several of my other side effects as well. My insurance paid for it also. It is definitely worth trying!

Dx 3/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 6/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 9/14/2016 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 9/30/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy AC Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Jan 3, 2017 12:58AM gardengypsy wrote:

Meg~ I am so glad to hear that it worked for you. And your insurance paid for it? That's fabulous. I don't think mine covers it, but I will check today. And if it is not covered, I am still planning on trying it. ((Thank you.))

Dx 10/29/2015, ILC/IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/3/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 1/8/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/23/2016 Hormonal Therapy 5/27/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 6/5/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jan 3, 2017 06:35AM Momine wrote:

Gypsy, it can be a slog and it does take time. The trick is to keep plugging at it. I think it took a full year before I felt half-way normal again, but it WILL happen. Also, there may be lingering effects that you can't get rid of. I still have some numbness in a couple of fingertips. I still have to remember to stretch my arms. But our bodies always change. On the plus side, the fact that I have been much more consistent about exercise means that my otherwise terrible back is giving me almost no trouble. In other words, try not to focus on getting back to exactly how you was before and focus instead on moving forward.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/19/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/12/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/8/2012 Surgery 3/7/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 3, 2017 05:55PM gardengypsy wrote:

Momine~

Thanks for the positive note. It's nice to hear from someone who can say they see progress towards their well being.

Yes, it is time to move forward. On some days the hard work, pain and exhaustion brings me too far down and I haven't the energy to work on my self. I've changed so much and I miss the old me..I was so energetic...

Dx 10/29/2015, ILC/IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/3/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 1/8/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/23/2016 Hormonal Therapy 5/27/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 6/5/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall

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