Oh my, I had a SEVERE problem with the itching during and after I had my rad treatments, I am talking MAJOR itching. There has never even been a female yeast infection that could have compared to the horrible itch I endured. At one time I listed some helpful hints in the 'Tips' section to the right of your screen but in case they have been removed or can not be found I will list them again.....
Stay cool as possible at all times. Apply ice packs as needed,you get so much relief from the icepacks. Place them anywhere you itch. The colder/coler you stay the less you will itch.
Go braless and wear soft cotton t shirts and/or even night shirts at home,anything that does not rub or cause friction. Wear loose thin clothing.
Apply ordinary kitchen cooking corn starch straight from the box like it were bath powder to all areas that itch. There is a line of routine that worked best for me.............apply ice packs, when ice melted apply corn starch then reapply ice packs.Store corn starch in the freezer for added cool comfort.
Do NOT bathe/shower in very warm water. The cooler the better.Do NOT rub skin while bathing. Just blot on lightly sudsy water and rinse off well with clear water. Blot dry DO NOT RUB OR SCRATCH. If you MUST touch that area and can not resist just apply a bit of light pressure but do not scratch or rub.That only makes it worse.Oh yes, use only a very mild bath soap.I used plain Ivory until it stopped. Ask your radiation therapyst for cortizone creme. Or get it at the pharmacy or Walmart. 2% is fine but very importantly FOLLOW DIRECTIONS and do not use for a prolonged period of time. You absorb cort creme and to much can make you ill.Thru my process I used about 2 tubes. Aloe jel helps also. Place the Aloe jel in the freezer until extremely cold then apply to skin. You can also use the jel from an Aloe Vera plant.
My entire process many times a day was as follows..........Cort creme......then cold corn starch.......then ice packs.........and repeated corn starch and ice packs as needed day and night. Cool bathes anytime. Even cold wet towels on the itching area brings some relief.
I also took Xanax so I could sleep. Carry the cort. creme, cornstarch and ice packs everywhere you go. Avoid sunlight or any kind of heat on affected areas. This is all that gave me any relief at all. And belive it or not, when it was at it's worst I kept telling myself it would stop sooner or later and it does. I itched for a month or two afterwards off and on.
Hope this helps. I feel for you but remember.....it WILL get better!
Thank you ladies for your replies. I talked with my doctor at the cancer center yesterday and all he mentioned was having a colonoscopy because of the constipation issue. I let him know that I did not think that was necessary because I am 99.99999% sure it is all due to pro lapse. I think they just do not want to address any side effect issues of Arimidex out of fear that patients will not take it. So, I am back to square one. Doing research and following suggestions. I do not itch but I do have burning down there sometime. And, 9 times out of ten if I sit down the discomfort subsides. So, it just makes sense to me. Blessings..... Pat~sadblossomView Thread
Ladies, I have another question for those of you that take Arimidex or any simular med following breast cancer..........
I am having symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse. I already know that lack of hormones can weaken pelvic muscles and cause this, but I am wondering if any of you on here have experienced this? I have researched this condition and it sounds like that is my problem. I am just trying to find out if anyone is having this problem while on these medications? And if anyone knows what may help the discomfort.....bladder discomfort.....vaginal discomfort....pressure, etc; I am post menopausal and have been on Arimidex for almost 2 years.
Any advice/info is muchly appreciated for this discomfort is very uncomfortable all the time. I really do not like this subject. Thanks! Pat~sadblossomView Thread
Hello there! Welcome! Sorry you have to come here but you have chosen a perfect place to visit! You will love tehse women and a few men that almost live on ths board. :>} We are here to be helpful and supportive.
I have been taking Arimidex for 2 years now. Yes I have had side effects but nothing so bad that I would choose to stop taking it. I have hot flashed from time to time, at first they were often, they have lessened now............I have had joint, bone and muscle pain, which I still have. I have a fatique problem which it to has worsened due to the fact that I have other health issues that cause this as well. So, I got a double whammy on most of these side effects.I have vaginal dryness, dry skin and my scalp itches most of the time.I have gained weight and can't seem to get it off. I am not very energetic. I too take meds for depression and anxiety and they help. I am 61. Two years ago I had a lumpectomy but had to return for 2 more surgeries to get to clear margins so I lost about 1/3 of that breast. I had 30 radiation treatments but no chemo due to my recurrance %. Starting out I had a 17% chance of recurrance but the Arimidex takes it down to 8% chance of recurrance. So, I take the pill and I tolerate what ever side effects that come along. Life is precious. I am optimistic that when I complete my Arimidex therapy I will be more energetic and will get the weight off and have less fatique. I try to smile often, love alot and stay as happy as I can. I do all that I can do to enjoy each day and be thankful. I do get moody from this pill I am sure, but I tolerate that because I feel I know where it is coming from and that this too will pass. If you have a specific question, please ask. We are not shy here. I had to learn that myself. Take care, visit often. Blessings........... Pat~sadblossomView Thread
Oh my sweet goodness Luke, I am not arguing against canned foods at all. I eat them all the time. Always have, always will I guess. I just also eat fresh fruits and veggies as well. I was simply stating how I clean them and sharing a tip on what I do with fresh lemons. Personally, I am not going to advise anyone on here on what to eat or not eat. I am no authority by no means. All we can do on here is share what we have been thru, what we have learned and what we 'think and feel'. It is an open board, opened to many opinions. Our chosen treatments as well as what we eat and drink is a matter of personal opinions/choices and each one of us owe it to ourselves to do what we each feel is best for us. If you truely feel that eating only canned food for a few months is your course of comfortable eating then that is what you should do. That may be the right choice for you. And others need to do what they feel is best for them. We all come here to 'share' and should 'respect' each others feelings and opinions. That includes those that feel the way you do AND for those that do not. I agree.........it is time to put this argument to rest and do what we think is best for each of us. But let's continue to share our ideas and knowledge with each other. We all do need each other in that way. Have a great weekend ladies ! And give the lemon process a try. If you are a lemon lover, you will love this ! Blessings to all.......... Pat~sadblossomView Thread
Roberta, I posted back at you once and it never posted so I will try again.......... I am referring to Dawn dishwashing liquid. I only use a few tiny drops to a sink full of lukewarm/cool water. The cooler the water the less sudsing. I scrub well with a clean cloth and rinse very very well in cool/cold water. The fruit/veggies even feel clean afterwards.Some will disagree with this cleaning method for food but I have done this for years.I feel it is perfectly safe, think about it, we wash our dishes in it, rinse and then eat/drink out of them. Just makes sense to me. Blessings......... Pat~sadblosoomView Thread
Roberta, I am referring to Dawn dish washing liquid. In a sink of lukewarm/cool water I put in a few tiny drops of Dawn. I keep the water on the cool side so it will not suds alot. I scrub clean or 'swish' clean depending on fruit or veggie being cleaned and rinse very very well in 'cold' water. The fruit/veggie even 'feels' clean after rinsed. Some will not agree with this cleansing technique but I have done it for years. I felt if it will remove oil from oil spills from ducklings, it would remove insecticide chemicals from our food. And with no more than you put in the water it would be safe. Think about it.........we wash our dishes in it then rinse then eat/drink out of them. Just makes sense to me. Blessings............. Pat~sadblossomView Thread
Roberta, that is an excellent cleaning idea!!! I guess the grit of teh salt helps it clean as well ! That is a great idea. A 'natural' way.I wonder if this would remove chemicals like Dawn does? That would be awesome if it did! Even I like that idea and I am a firm believer in Dawn being a miracle safe cleaner. I agree that there are some very valuble techniques used in days past. I wish I knew what they all were. I do appreciate this imput tho. It is valuable as well! Thanks!
Jan, I enjoyed your story! Let me know what you think of the cubes.
I also think that a 'tips' section for healthy eating would be an excellent addition to this site. People in the boat we are in need all the help we can get. And in any other boat too. Thanks ladies and have a great weekend!! Blessings...... Pat~sadblossomView Thread
This is how I freeze the lemon cubes.....I wash and rinse them throughly.....I cut off the ends and any spots or less pretty places on the rind........cut in fourths and remove all the seeds I can(you will miss some tiny ones and that is ok), when I have enough ready I load my food processor and 'pulverize' until all is 'pulped'. I do not add any water. This pulp/rind mixture will be frothy.........using a teaspoon I fill the compartments of as many plastic ice trays as needed. I fill the compartments almost full. I gently pack them down by tapping the trays on the counter top. I stack the trays in the freezer and when frozen rinse the bottom of each tray for easy release onto a cookie sheet. I then bag them in doubled bagged zip loc bags and put back into the freezer. I take them out of teh bag one at a time as needed. And wa-la! You have fresh lemons for water.tea,cooking.baking.etc; I do this when lemons are on sale and I make enough to last until the next sale. And a big plus, you ALWAYS hve access to fresh lemons! Last night I made 116 cubes from 35 small lemons. Remember to finish off all the 'goodie' that settles in the bottom of your glass. That is the 'cream of the crop'. This is my own/owned original technique and is going into the cookbook I am writing. ENJOY! Pat~sadblossomView Thread
Jenna, I can only add that I did not have chemo, I only had radiation for 6 weeks. And the rad techs and my doctors instructed me to NOT deny my body anything while going thru these treatments. I was even instructed to definetly not diet in any form. That my body needed all vitamins and nutrients from all foods while going thru these treatments. I was never told to avoid fresh fruits or vegetables for any reason. I was encouraged to eat a balanced diet. I ate fresh fruit and vegetables all thru treatments and I am still eating them. I do wash them throughly and rinse them well, but I have always done this. I use Dawn water and a clean cloth and rinse well. I am right now in the process of putting lemon cubes in my freezer made of the ENTIRE lemon rind and all. Of course I remove the seeds. Fresh lemons have a very positive effect on our bodies, epsecially the 'rind/peeling', That is where the lemon oil is more concentrated. This can cleanse and level the liver count for one thing plus prevent kidney stones. So, in my opinion, fresh fruit and vegetables are necessary for proper nutrician. Just use comman sense in cleaning them like you would anything else, but by no means would I ever encourage anyone not to eat them. Nutrients are lessened when canned or cooked, so I eat them all. Always have. This is my two cents worth. God Bless....... Pat~sadblossomView Thread