When breast cancer causes joint pain — and how to treat both with one nutrient

January 02, 2012
Volume 3    |   Issue 01

If you’ve ever suffered from breast cancer, it’s quite possible you now have joint pain as well. That’s because joint pain is a known side effect of one particular breast cancer drug. Fortunately, one nutrient can help alleviate the pain — and fight the breast cancer as well. And it works for both conditions whether you’ve had breast cancer or not.

We’ve known for some time that taking aromatase inhibitor drugs for breast cancer will cause joint pain. Researchers have been searching for a way to overcome this side effect. And it appears they’ve found it. The journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment recently published an article saying that high doses of vitamin D can relieve the joint and muscle pain the drugs cause. What’s more, the researchers said it appears the vitamin can help any joint and muscle pain.

In this study, the researchers looked at the effects of high-dose vitamin D on women taking anastrozole. This is one of three FDA-approved aromatase inhibitors currently used to treat breast cancer. The women taking 50,000 IU daily of vitamin D experienced less overall pain and discomfort compared to those taking a placebo.

The lead author of the study said, “High-dose vitamin D seems to be really effective in reducing the musculoskeletal pain caused by aromatase inhibitors.” She went on to say that some of the patients saw their pain go away completely!

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While this study involved pain specifically caused by breast cancer drugs, the findings apply to general joint and muscle pain as well. Other studies have confirmed the use of vitamin D as a general pain reliever for arthritis and osteoporosis pain. We know vitamin D helps protect bones, so this makes sense.

We also know that vitamin D is a powerful anti-cancer nutrient. Many studies have shown that taking 2,000 IU daily (or more) can completely prevent the disease. In fact, Dr. Cedric Garland, of the University of Toronto School of Medicine, says you can completely eradicate breast cancer with vitamin D.

If you have breast cancer, talk to a complementary physician about taking high doses of the vitamin to decrease pain and fight the cancer. If you don’t have cancer, make sure your vitamin D blood levels are above 50 ng/ml. Your doctor can test your blood levels. If you’re below 50 ng/ml, then take 5,000 IU daily of vitamin D to prevent cancer and fight pain. You can order 5,000 IU tablets by following this link.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.


Rastelli AL, Taylor ME, Gao F, Armamento-Villareal R, Jamalabadi-Majidi S, Napoli N, Ellis MJ. Vitamin D and aromatase inhibitor-induced musculoskeletal symptoms (AIMSS): a phase II, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. Online June 2011.

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