Muscle soreness after exercise
Getting back into exercise or starting any sort of exercise for the first time after a breast cancer diagnosis can be challenging. Although the benefits to exercise are plentiful and very worthwhile, there can be some down sides, one of which can be muscle soreness. Exercise induced muscle pain is very common, all types of exercise
can cause muscle pain especially if you haven’t done that particular type of exercise for a while.
If the pain is severe and ongoing (more than 3-5 days), you may
have pulled a muscle or tendon or even torn a ligament. In this situation,
you’ll need to rest the affected body part as well as talk to a doctor or
physiotherapist. Medical professionals are best suited to assess the severity of an
injury and suggest the most appropriate form of treatment.
The muscle pain may also be a side effect of your
treatment, the following breast cancer treatments may cause muscle pain:
- Abraxane (chemical name: albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel)
- Ixempra (chemical name:
- Taxotere (chemical name:
- vincristine (brand names:
Oncovin, Vincasar PES, Vincrex)
- Arimidex (chemical name:
- Aromasin (chemical name:
- Evista (chemical name:
- Fareston (chemical name:
- Faslodex (chemical name:
- Femara (chemical name:
Bisphosphonates, medicines that are used to protect
bones during breast cancer treatment, also may cause muscle pain and stiffness.
Here are some things that may help ease your muscle
- Use warm compresses to help ease discomfort
in a specific area.
- Take warm baths to soothe all-over
- Consider massage or acupuncture to relieve muscle aches.
- Talk to your doctor about muscle relaxants to
that may help ease your muscle pain.
- Try to do strengthening and flexibility
exercises. Yoga can help stretch and strengthen muscles. Make sure
the exercise is at a mild to moderate level so you don’t make the muscle
- Keep a pain diary that records the
severity of the pain, when and where the pain happens, and any pain
medications you take. Write down as many details as you can. This will
help your doctor find the best treatment for you.
It may be best to seek a
physiotherapist, exercise physiologist or speak
with your GP if the pain persists. Your GP can set up a GP management
plan or team care arrangement that can give you up to five allied health
visits with Medicare rebate.