- Question from RochaM: I heard about the new findings on vitamin D helping joint pain from Arimidex. This is great. How much vitamin D do you need to take, and when? My joints are killing me.
- Answers - Kathy D. Miller, M.D. The study results in this area are a bit contradictory. Several small studies found that women with lower levels of vitamin D were more likely to have joint pain with Arimidex or other aromatase inhibitors. But studies that looked at replacing vitamin D as a way of decreasing joint pain I found disappointing. The largest study gave women high doses of vitamin D weekly, until their levels were back to normal, and then decreased them to a maintenance dose through the rest of the 6 months. In that study, they found an early improvement in joint symptoms, but at 6 months the levels of joint symptoms were the same. It's certainly important for women to have their vitamin D levels checked. Many Caucasian women are vitamin D deficient and that vitamin is necessary to help prevent osteoporosis, but it's not clear that replacing vitamin D or taking extra vitamin D will improve the joint symptoms.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Updates From the 2009 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium featured Kathy Miller, M.D. and Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.
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