- Question from HKR: I have muscle and even bone pain. How do I know if it is fibromyalgia vs. side effects from Aromasin? Pains move from one place to another and worsen with cold and when tired.
- Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. Bone and joint pain with any of the aromatase inhibitors is common. Typically, it's worse in the morning when getting up and beginning to move, and subsides with activity. Typically, it's symmetrical: for instance, in both knees or both hips, and sometimes in the long bones. For anyone who notices a new pattern of bone pain or ache (for instance, one pin-point spot that is new and doesn't seem to relent during the day or with anti-inflammatories), this may be something your doctor will investigate further. Still, this is likely to be arthritis or some benign cause.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called After Surgery: Short-Term and Long-Term Effects featured Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Linda Miller, P.T. answering your questions about short-term and long-term side effects of breast surgery, and what you can do about them.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in May 2008.
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