Discussions that mention arimidex

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Is anyone on arimidex? I've been on it for 2 yrs. and I am having a lot of side affects. My doctor assures me it can't be easier than taking a pill, but I don't know how much longer I can take this!
hi Teresa..I have just switched from aromasin because I was miserable..its been about a month and a half now on arimidex..and I know exactly how you feel! Some days I feel like I am 90! I have alot of muscle and joint pain..have tried my other meds to help with the pains..I am going for pt. because I now have plantar fasciitis and it seems to help with alot of the muscle pain..I do the exercises that they give me, on both legs..I am also taking elavil and relefen, which is an anti-inflammatory..My biggest concern is while I have to take all these other drugs to countact the pains that I have..what other side effects will I have..it isnt easy..I am 4 yrs from diagnosis, and once I finish my 5 yr drug therapy..I honestly think that I will not do any more, no matter what they come up with! I hope you can or do exercise, I believe that you will feel even stiffer if you dont.
Have you tried any of the other AI's, you know each of them are made a little different, you might just have some success on one of the others..aromasin or femara.
[QUOTE=cjammom;2907446]hi Teresa..I have just switched from aromasin because I was miserable..its been about a month and a half now on arimidex..and I know exactly how you feel! Some days I feel like I am 90! I have alot of muscle and joint pain..have tried my other meds to help with the pains..I am going for pt. because I now have plantar fasciitis and it seems to help with alot of the muscle pain..I do the exercises that they give me, on both legs..I am also taking elavil and relefen, which is an anti-inflammatory..My biggest concern is while I have to take all these other drugs to countact the pains that I have..what other side effects will I have..it isnt easy..I am 4 yrs from diagnosis, and once I finish my 5 yr drug therapy..I honestly think that I will not do any more, no matter what they come up with! I hope you can or do exercise, I believe that you will feel even stiffer if you dont.
Have you tried any of the other AI's, you know each of them are made a little different, you might just have some success on one of the others..aromasin or femara.
Thank you for responding...I first tried tamoxifen and I was so depressed I couldn't get out of bed. I switched to Arimidex and it did not take long for me to start having bone problems. I also have gotten Morton's Neuropathy, which is nerve problems in both feet which makes it almost impossible to walk. I have also gotten severe arthrithis in my SI joint in my hips. The ortho dr. said he felt like the neurophy in my feet was due to the arimidex. My oncologist will not address any of the medication problems which has made me really upset with him...he says all I have to do is swallow the pill. Thanks for writing...it helps to know I am not the only one having problems with this med.
Hi Cj and Teresa :)

I've read your posts and its funny how I have similar issues. Not funny but you know what I mean. Right now I'm nervous about posting because I'm afraid of saying something I shouldnt. So please let me know if i do :) I'm a nurse and it is HARD not to share my nursing experience, but again they are my personal experiences.

I was diagnosed with BC May 30th 2006 following my mammogram. I found the lump as I've had severe fibrocystic disease all my life and had had 3 biopsies in the past so used to doing breast checks.

June 15th I had a lumpectomy which did not show clear margins on path so had my mastectomy July 13th. After that I went thru chemo and radiation and this past Dec. 12th I started my arimidex.

I don't really know all the side-effects and which problems i've been having are related to the arimidex. I got the neuropathy from chemo and my onc said it will go away in six months. I'm also diabetic so I don't expect it to go away totally. It is much better now, only in fingers and toes versus hands and feet. Then I've had pain in my right hip radiating down to my right knee. I has been a 10 out of 10 pain left at its worse. I initially thought it was bone pain from my arimidex but my onc told me usually the bone pain from arimidex is only in the hands and feet. Does that sound right? The pain down my leg is just on the outside part of my leg, not inner leg. I do have mega back problems from 38 yrs of nursing so they are thinking the pain is from my back problems like a pinched nerve? I do have an "old compression fracture" at about L2, and 3 bulging discs and lord knows what else.

I have done 2 weeks of physical therapy ordered by my rheumie and it has really helped. I am now able to lift my leg more than 2 inches off the ground without it hurting. The muscle and hip pain is better but not gone. Does this sound similar to your guy's pain????

There's also a possibility that I have a fracture right rib probably related to my radiation treatments. My radiation doc to me I would be at high risk for rib fractures following my radiation. Also I understand my risk for fractures is also increased if i'm on Arimidex. Were you guys told this? They said it may be fractured from coughing.

Cj...you said you have a lung nodule? Did they do any tests to diagnosis it? Did they give you any idea of what it could be? Six months to sit on it seems like a long time?? I have a lung nodule as well, smaller now, but I know what mine is is why I am asking. You are in NY right? Have you ever been to Arizona, California or New Mexico? Now I'm a bit nervous to ask much more on this issue in fear of breaking posting rules :( This is my first nite here and I don't want to be banned from something I say lol. Have you ever heard of Valley Fever?

Teresa, what profession are you in pushing boxes of IV fluid's? Work in a pharmacy or central supply? nurse?

I was tickled to find this place. I have a gf that has really been by my side through this but sometimes I feel bad talking about my cancer with her all the time so its nice to find someplace where you can talk about it.

Teresa? where are you from?

Thanks for sharing your stories :)

Linda



[QUOTE=Linda49er;2922403]Hi Cj and Teresa :)

I've read your posts and its funny how I have similar issues. Not funny but you know what I mean. Right now I'm nervous about posting because I'm afraid of saying something I shouldnt. So please let me know if i do :) I'm a nurse and it is HARD not to share my nursing experience, but again they are my personal experiences.

I was diagnosed with BC May 30th 2006 following my mammogram. I found the lump as I've had severe fibrocystic disease all my life and had had 3 biopsies in the past so used to doing breast checks.

June 15th I had a lumpectomy which did not show clear margins on path so had my mastectomy July 13th. After that I went thru chemo and radiation and this past Dec. 12th I started my arimidex.

I don't really know all the side-effects and which problems i've been having are related to the arimidex. I got the neuropathy from chemo and my onc said it will go away in six months. I'm also diabetic so I don't expect it to go away totally. It is much better now, only in fingers and toes versus hands and feet. Then I've had pain in my right hip radiating down to my right knee. I has been a 10 out of 10 pain left at its worse. I initially thought it was bone pain from my arimidex but my onc told me usually the bone pain from arimidex is only in the hands and feet. Does that sound right? The pain down my leg is just on the outside part of my leg, not inner leg. I do have mega back problems from 38 yrs of nursing so they are thinking the pain is from my back problems like a pinched nerve? I do have an "old compression fracture" at about L2, and 3 bulging discs and lord knows what else.

I have done 2 weeks of physical therapy ordered by my rheumie and it has really helped. I am now able to lift my leg more than 2 inches off the ground without it hurting. The muscle and hip pain is better but not gone. Does this sound similar to your guy's pain????

There's also a possibility that I have a fracture right rib probably related to my radiation treatments. My radiation doc to me I would be at high risk for rib fractures following my radiation. Also I understand my risk for fractures is also increased if i'm on Arimidex. Were you guys told this? They said it may be fractured from coughing.

Cj...you said you have a lung nodule? Did they do any tests to diagnosis it? Did they give you any idea of what it could be? Six months to sit on it seems like a long time?? I have a lung nodule as well, smaller now, but I know what mine is is why I am asking. You are in NY right? Have you ever been to Arizona, California or New Mexico? Now I'm a bit nervous to ask much more on this issue in fear of breaking posting rules :( This is my first nite here and I don't want to be banned from something I say lol. Have you ever heard of Valley Fever?

Teresa, what profession are you in pushing boxes of IV fluid's? Work in a pharmacy or central supply? nurse?

I was tickled to find this place. I have a gf that has really been by my side through this but sometimes I feel bad talking about my cancer with her all the time so its nice to find someplace where you can talk about it.

Teresa? where are you from?

Thanks for sharing your stories :)

Linda



I have had muscle and bone pings and pongs. I have to remember I am of arthritic age and the med I feel has accerlatered some problelm areas. I read a post from way back where some ladies did not have any problems with the med. I am just wondering if I have my other breast removed do I have to continue with the arimidex?
Thanks for responding!
Hi Teresa :)

Is the other breast being removed because you have cancer there? I would guess yes you'd have to finish your course of Arimidex even if the other breast doesn't have cancer. I plan to have my other one removed after my vacation this year.

Take care,
Linda
Hey Hi!!
Linda, glad you have found us! I was dx in 2003, and NED ever since.
Let me see if I can answer some of your questions.. I definately have muscular problems..yes in my hip also..(but also just dx with fibro, which I question)alot of spasms in my calves, which I believe have added to a dx of plantar fasciitis..because the muscles have been tightening all over my legs.PT. is helping but the pain is not gone..but better. Yes, arimidex, according to the manufacturer can increase risk of osteo in patients who already have it..i think that is what has happened to my knees!
That was very interesting info on the lung nodule..I just looked it up on the internet..funny but I was in New Mexico and Arizona..just twice in my life, but it was during the summer season..thankx for mentioning that..I will bring that up to my dr. and ask for a test..they can do a sputum or blood test. I am also an ex-smoker which is a consideration..Both of my drs. poo-pooed my concern..they tell me many people have them...I dont know, I worried alot when it was first found, but havent really given it a second thought lately..but I will make sure that they investigate it further, its very tiny right now. Why are you having your other breast removed? Is it the fear of recurrance? I often think about that myself..kinda think I should have done that at the same time..and not have to go through that whole thing again..but cant turn back time..just deal with what today has to offer.
It is wonderful to have other women to swap stories with..Its like a sisterhood, part of a group..one that we never wanted to join!! but because we have, we can offer alot of support and encouragement to others.
Teresa..Ditto..the arthritic pain..but I am 47, and dont believe I should be having it this bad..I have been active most of my life..I exercise and used to even run..Ive replaced that with long walks now..lol..yes, I believe that you have to finish your full course of treatment regardless of whether you have the breast or not. Breast cancer can even grow where there is no breast..on the chest wall..however I do not believe that it is very common.
cj.
Hi lol. you guys are cracking me up. didn't u have a tool bar before? or maybe one of you said you used quick reply thingy. Teresa couldn't you use smiles before? Your boo hoo is great!!! It worked perfecto lol.

Well if the ques was directed to me as to my type of cancer I had infiltrating ductal and tubular BC. My prognosis is good by taking all the treatments she offered me she said. My her2 was positive so am able to take the arimidex. I had one cluster of nodes removed which contained 10 nodes and 5 were positive out of the 10 which put me at Stage 3. I found the lump so requested the mammogram and it showed the cancer after confirming it with an ultrasound.

Yes, I have arthritis in my feet, knees, hands, wrists, elbows and spine. Why leave any part out?????????? lol One nite when getting ready for work back in 2003 every step I took it felt like a knife twisting inside me so I went to urgent care. They took xrays there and that was the first time I was ever told about my spine. They said I had no disc between L1 and L2; no disc between L5 and S1. Then they told me they didn't know what I did to L2 as it was totally destroyed. Said I must have had a terrible accident. Soo, I told them I've never had an accident but my job of 38 years included lifting on a daily basis and they said then thats the cause of my back problems. I spent the next 3 days sleeping from the meds they gave me but my pain went away. Then after contracting valley fever I was sent to an arthritis doc who is now treating my arthritis. Then one nite after falling at work I was seen in ER and this PA jerk came in after looking at my xrays and bluntly said "I think you have bone cancer" I was devastated. Then the doctor who the PA worked under came in and said her PA told her I was upset and crying. So all I could say is "what in the hewq would you do if someone came in and told you you had bone cancer? She then told me she didn't think it was as bad as i thought it was. So I asked her how she would take it. I saw my primary and he ordered my first total body bone scan and thats where my arthritis was confirmed and bone cancer (multiple myeloma) was rule out. I was very happy to say the least and very angry at that PA who had no business saying that to me.

Now that I was dx with BC I always wonder but all my tests keep coming back negative and I am now in remission :) I see a neuro-surgeon on the
27th to get an evaluation from the orthopedic standpoint. Surgery might be recommended but I don't want back surgery unless its the last choice I have. I was also recently diagnosed with a sliding hiatal hernia which I blame for my abdominal pain. By the time I get done I might have a new bod!!! lol. That might be good too :)

Did you guys lose any hair?? Mine was down to my waist but I had it cut 3 times so I was in control. It felt better for me to be in control of something. I had long straight brunette hair and it is coming back now as probably curly salt and pepper hair lol. I like the color. :blob_fire lol

Hey I keep looking for sticky notes, do you know what they look like?
Welp, going to lunch with some girls from work in an hour so I'd better get dressed? lol. You guys have become addictive to me lol. Yup I blames ya for me being here! I love it!!! lol

Take care and talk to ya soon :)
Linda
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Hi lol,

Your's worked beautiful cj!!! lol good job! A for the day for both of ya!
I even see your smiley faces at the bottom of ur msg.

You wouldn't believe the pills I take, arrrggghhhh What are you wanting to take omega fish oil and cq10 for? if i may ask :blob_fire For a vitamin I take prenatal vitamins lol the pharmacist told me that was the best one to take for what I wanted. It has the D 400 u in it as I read in an article you shold take it...helps with BC; for my cholesterol I use "Red Yeast Rice" which is awweome and it has the CQ10 in it but you have to make sure u get the right bottle, one doesn't have the CQ10 in it. Crestor for prophalaxix for my kidneys cuz of my diabetes, lexapro for my depression-coping; arimidex :) ;
3 senekot for you know what (hahahaha) Then for my diabetes I take 2 pills and one shot twice a day. And guess what my shot is made from? you will never guess lolol ---------------------------------------> gila monster ---------->spit! lololol. Honest! (is that TMI? lol)

I don't care for tea actually. My gf in calif sent me some tea that is suppose to be good for CA but it tastes like do-do :mad: Do you shop at a Hi Health type store for your extas? Thats where I go.

Ok I won't write a long one this time, I've gotten carried away here. I'll do better :blob_fire.

Take care and talk to yas laterz....
Wait lol. Ok cj u r from NY and Teresa is from Tenn? so time wise u r 2 hrs away and teresa 1 hr away to my time? we don't do DST here :)

Ok good nite!!!!
[COLOR="Red"]Hugs
Linda
[COLOR="Magenta"]Linda,[COLOR="Black"]

I always shop at health food stores and always have. (Hippie generation although not a hippie) I try to always buy organic or locally grown food although the town I'm in there is not a good selection. We have a few stores that are starting to include a larger assortment of Organic foods. I take a vitamin that has CQ10 and omega fish oil in it. I like fish too. I avoid some meats but if I am out and that particular food is offered, I eat it.

I really eat healthy and don't have any bad habits other than inactivity. I have got to get into PT so I can start moving again. The inactivity has just been the last six months; prior to that I was in a job that was too stressful physically. I would drag my butt to work but come home and just die!! I have not had the right kind of exercise in along time. This is going to change.

I feel like I need an antidepressant as well. I asked my new dr and after she reviews my records -she will respond. I feel some better since the seasons have change. I am on Toprol XL, Dyazide, and Arimidex. I use naprosyn sometimes, I'm in pain most all the time, but I don't like to take anti-inflam because I feel they counter act my dyazide.

I am glad to know Gil Monster's are good for something other than looking big and tuff!!!:jester: I've never heard of that; pork beef ect but never gila monster.

Got to go. Take care!!!:p
[COLOR="Magenta"]Teresa
[COLOR="Magenta"]Linda,

[COLOR="Black"]I agree with you totally!!!! Medicines were originally derived from natural herbal rememdies; aspirin, digoxin, etc. I'm going to wait until I have my choles checked - then I will get red yeast rice. I believe that one of the side effects of arimidex is elevated cholest.

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I am happy to hear your husband got such good results!
Teresa:wave:
Hey Teresa,

I wasn't aware Arimidex causes elevated cholesterol. i will have to make sure my doc knows. I may experiment with omega 3 but will have to see. He wants me to stop the red yeast rice but I refuse. My husband and I have had too good of luck with it.

Let me know what you find out :)

Talk to ya laterz,
Linda :wave:
[COLOR="Green"]Sitting here sipping on my decaf green tea as we speak..and oh, dont forget the cinnimon stick..good for preventing cancer.

[COLOR="Red"]The red yeast rice sounds great..so why does your dr.want you to stop..you would think that he would be telling you to continue because you have had such great results.

Arimidex does cause increase in cholesterol level and LDL levels..thats is what I believe may have happened to me..Mine was fine up until this last checkup..so I have even gone from 1% milk down to skim..and I dont even drink it..just for cereal and coffee. Ive got to cut out everything that can cause it to elevate..I refuse to go on any more meds!!! Its 230, so I'll check it out in 3mths..gotta be lower, gotta be lower, gotta be lower!!
CIAO ladies!:cool:
cj
Hey Teresa & Cj,

Teresa, which one are you talking about that has estrogen properties??? I don't think I need any estrogen properties. I think you should read up on red yeast rice before you buy any, okay? Let me know what you think about it before you buy it.

My doc wanted me to quit the red yeast rice (he's the one that recommended it to me in the first place) because he felt it would be too much med for my cholesterol cuz he wanted me to start Omega-3.

When I read about red yeast rice here are some of the side effects it mentioned...

Side effects of red yeast rice are rare but can include:

Headache
Stomach ache and/or bloating
Gas
Dizziness
Heartburn

The Hi Health store I go to said there are no side-effects cuz its an herb.
Right now I take Crestor 5 mg. and 2 capsules of red yeast rice a day. Do you guys use omega-3? Then with Arimidex increasing our cholesterol were kind of stuck between a rock and a hard spot???? Ya take a pill for one thing and it creates a problem for something else. What a vicious circle. Now that i'm thinking about it my onc doc mentioned how "something' increases your cholesterol cuz mine was elevated during chemo. Thats it...chemo decreased the effects of my meds is what she was talking about. I remember now. I think I'll read up on Omega-3 and crestor and see which one sounds the best.

I just read a little and crestor has the same risk as the Lipitor I went off had.with muscle pains and aches. I wonder if the leg pain I've been having is related but you would think it would be in both legs? This pain has been bothering me since after I started the Arimidex tho on 12/18/06. It also says that risk factors include people on anti-hypertensive meds which I am on for prophalaxix for my kidneys because of my diabetes. I should dump all my meds except for my arimidex and diabetic and blood pressure meds. Hmmm will have to think about it. I have to have blood work in am so might wait and see what it says. I'm sure my docs don't know that arimidex elevates cholesterol. I'll see what they say about it first. My cholesterol was below 200 prior to being diagnosed with BC.

Well sorry just thinking out loud lol. Hey man I just watched this spooky movie called Slither......ewwwwwwwww you should see it lololol. Not alone though :blob_fire Hopefully I can sleep tonite lol.

Well take care. Enjoy your lunch tomorrow Cj :) sounds fun!

Nite nite you two and everyone else :)
Hugs,
Linda
Hi Gals :)

JOJO...Yes I have trouble sleeping too. Mine presently is from the Arimidex i take. Soooo a couple of times a week I take my xana so I can get some sleep. I hate taking pills but i'm on so many now whats one more? I do sleep well tho when I take the xanax. I can take 1-2 mg but I usually just take 1 mg. That is plenty for me. When I went for my first MRI...standup even, I took 2 mg for anxiety. I slept through the whole dang test lolol. When I was at the point you are right now, i took it every nite. It will get better :)

Teresa...lololol ur a nut I see! lol. opps brb!! Phew close call! lol. 2 out of 3 of my kids live at home. My oldest is 27 and she is handicapped and has the mentality of a 2-10 year old. We did put her in a group home in 2001 but moved her back home Jan 23 of 2006. The care was very poor and lacked supervision which she requires 24/7 The evening girl left her alone and went home before the nite girl showed up for work. When I found that out I hit the ceiling and moved her home. The best thing I could have done. My son 21 still lives at home but as soon as he gets a better job he plans on moving into a house with his best friend. He's my baby. Then my 23 y/o daughter moved out last June. Her moving has been easier than I thought cuz she only moved a mile away and so we see each other alot and we talk daily. She lives in sin with her boyofriend lolol. No he's really a nice guy. Society has changed I hear. But they are happy so thats all that counts. My brother 60 and 10/12ths also lives with us. Oh my hubby too lolol.

As far as my mast site goes its ok. The numbness is from the involvement of sooooooo many nerves in the area. The sentinel biopsy site and my porta cath site caused me the most pain. None really in the incision....just the nickle size spot that wouldn't close on my incision. The day of surgery and even before surgery I started arm exercises which really helped postop. I have probably 98% of range of motion of that arm. My doc has also told me he wants me to use that arm normally but I am some careful because of the lymphedema in that arm. The lymphedema is better but not 100%. I get some thickness feeling in my underarm so I massage the area to wake up the flow and that helps.

I hate shoes lolol

Well got to run to the bank and store then I'm going to attempt to walk 1/2 mile. Not sure I can do it but will see if I can get farther than I have been walking.

Talk to ya later :)

Huggss,
Linda :wave:
Hi all :)

Hey JoJo....I got my first prescription for the xanax the first week of May of 2006. I found out about my BC at my mammogram which they did an immediate ultrasound...said its protocol if they see anything. Surprisingly the gave me my results. At that time I was having loads of anxiety and needed something. So I started using the xanax 1-2 mg. the first week of June. It was hard for me to face my family. All I could do is cry in my bedroom. I had my lumpectomy on 6/15 and by day three had a massive infection in my breast. When I did take it I only took the 1 mg. Then on 7/7 I had an auto accident. Some idiot lady hit me almost head on, I didn't have seatbelt on ;( and my van was totalled. When we hit I was thrown against the steering wheel but told the paramedics I just wanted to go home. The only pain I felt at that time was knees and elbows...all 4 looked like rug burns. 2 hrs later I was hurting...my left shoulder blade and left breast (where i had had surgery). I peeked at my breast and it was bleeding and the blow to my chest had popped open my incision half way. I hate taking pain pills cuz they are so constipating so I'd take the xanax maybe everyother day or so. I took it through my mastectomy and chemo. My last chemo was 11/20/06 but maybe stopped the xanax in sept or oct cuz I was finally relaxed. I took one the day of my first radiation cuz I was scared and it was easy as pie :) So then I didn't take any more til I discovered I had insomnia from the arimidex so might take it 2-3 times a week. No pain from the mast site, just the porta cath area was sore and the incision under my arm with my lumpectomy.

Xanax can be addicting but now is not a time to worry about that. If it helps you...take it :) Thats what everyone told me. And when I can't sleep I take one...I just have to remember to take it early. Same with pain pills, I wouldn't take them either and my chemo doc got mad, said there was no reason for me to hurt sooo I started taking them too, maybe 3 x a week.

One med that worked wonders was lexapro. Its an anti-depressant and I didn't think I'd ever be taking one but I really like it. It is also what helped me cut down on the xanax. With Lexapro, if I missed it for 2 or 3 days...I would find myself crying again, so I knew it was helping me alot.

Hope this helps ;) Keep the faith and positive thoughts...that will help you through all this. My prayers remain with you.

Warmest regards,
Linda
Hi Ladies!!!

Well I hope you all had a gooooood weekend :) Ours was pretty good weather wise. Yesterday even we had a big dust storm which isn't good here and then today it got up to 102 already. I dread the coming months.

I am doing fine now Cj...thanks. :) I'm coming up on 1 year since I was diagnosed with my BC and I guess it gets me thinking if I'm gonna be here in another 4 years. I'm sure I will be cuz I am so ding dang stubborn. I just keep thinking of my sister in law who died from BC in 5 1/2 yrs but hers was so much more advanced than mine. So I just have to remember that. And 2006 was such a rough year every once in a while it gets to me and I think what next? So I have to just get my thoughts back where they should be and quit feeling sorry for myself. I'm going to call my physical therapist and ask him for exercises for my sciatic nerve since the spine doc thinks thats where the pain is coming from. My primary doc just filled out my disability update statement and he told them I would be out at least another 12 months. So, I am thinking of a career change. Before I was diagnosed with BC I had 2 businesses ready to open. Then I put them on hold when I was dx with the cancer. So, come July after my vacation hope to get things rolling as its pretty hard to save money on disability. I'm really not ready to quit work yet.

As for going to the YMCA my 2 kids just joined but I ain't about too lol. Ain't nobody seeing this body in a bathing suit!!!!! I haven yet figured out what to do for a suit, maybe just wear a t-shirt since I only gots one boobie lol. Its my pool out back so I can make up the rules :) T-shirts allowed!!!!! I haven't worn a bra since June 15, 2006. I have 2 beautiful Softee bras but just don't wear them. They have the camisile with them and are nice though. After vacation I plan to have my right side done so maybe after that I might wear the Softee bra.

I have 2 questions. The first one is easy I think lol. On arimidex have you noticed a DRY mouth and lips? I sure do. I had it some with radiation but then must have forgot about it but I sure have it again.

Secondly, have any of you had an a larger abdomen since your mast?? I don't know if its related to my sliding hiatal hernia I was just diagnosed with but it has bothered me since Sept. 2006. My onc told me we can wait and find out with my pet scan after my last chemo treatment. Just to make sure it wasn't a turmo which I really didn't think it was. My hernia must have gone down in place because the pain I was having in my middle rib area is gone but it still feels like something is pressing against my rigs, left (mast side) greater than the right. I think the distension is finally better but my upper abdomen in the epigastric area is driving me nuts.

At what age do the golden years start? My parents told me they suck so I might be in them already lolol.

Teresa--- back on the tax issue? Do you know if your money was pre-taxed monies? I'm calling my disability company to find out why I got a W2 since I paid all of the premium. I gotta feeling they are going to tell me all the money I received was pre-taxed grrrrrrrrrr lol. Will letcha know.

Hope you all had a good weekend. Talk to ya soon.
Huggs,
Linda
Hello Everyone!!!

Well, I've been out of sorts lately...grumpy, grouchy, irritable,you know. It's not like me, but I guess as of late, it is like me. I think I'm trying to decide whether I should stay in this house or move. My daughter likes living here...I have a big yard. My daughter is very busy and doesn't have time for yard work. I really don't feel like doing yard work. I love my yard but sometimes it is hard to enjoy knowing I can't keep it up. I am not working at this time and my daughther is bringing home the bacon so to speak. Oh well.

Larger abdomen? Are you kidding? I was always 110-120 even up until I reached 50. I had the partial hysterectomy when I was 45. I noticed gradual changes up til 50, getting thicker etc. I have probaby gained 50 or 60 lbs in 4 yrs. I gained some before I was diag. with bc but tamoxifen really started to put the weigh on me. I don't find arimidex much different. The few steroid shots I had didn't help either. BUT YES, my belly is jelly.

Linder I am glad you are feeling better. I too have thought about going into a little home business. Like natural products, you know the ones that have been about since the seventies? I sold them in the seventies and wish I would have kept with it. I believe in the purity of the products. I don't really know if I could support myself, but knowing the product is good, I would believe in what I was selling. I thought about pet services:taking care of peoples pets in their homes when they are away. I already do this for a lady who is out of town a lot. She has visited every country in the past year.

Linder I believe my money was taxed before insurance. I haven't done anymore investigation on the disability issue, right now I'm in denial of having to pay any more taxes. I feel like the error was on their part, if there was an error, and if I need to pay more, I'm sure they will get in touch with me. I just regret not writing down her id number.

I do not think I'm in my golden years and these years have sucked so ....just kidding.

Yes, my mouth is dry, skin is dry, eyes are dry etc. I don't know if it is arimidex, could be something else.

Swelling is down...I've noticed it is temp related. I think.

CJ hope it dries up there soon ...girl you might have to invest in a boat or arc or something.

Gotta go.
Teresa:wave:
My Mom has been on Arimidex for 2 years for Stage I Breast Cancer. She is walking like a 100 year old lady. She is in such pain. She now walks with a walker. She just stopped taking the medication 2 days ago. She sees her oncologist in 3 days. I hope her pain improves. I don't know if the medication has done irreversible damage.
I just started Arimidex last month after a lumpectomy and 33 radiation treatments. I had a bone density scan before I started. The oncologist told me I will need a bone scan once a year as long as I am taking it. She went over side effects including joint pain and others, told me to start on a calcium and VitD supplement now. So far the pain I have always had in one knee is slightly worse and I have some back stiffness when I sit for long periods. My hair is thinning slightly- I got it cut as short as I could stand it last month.I was impressed with the long term results of drug studies for arimidex for women in my situation and so far am glad it is available- compared to radiation it's not hard to cope with, we'll see if I still feel this way a year or two from now..
Was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2006. Have been on Arimidex for over a year now and have been one of the lucky ones. While I do have the muscle and joint aches at times it's certainly not as bad as some. Had a bone density test before I started and will Caltrate and the gym 3 times a week bones actually improved, yes improved. Not much mind you, just a point. I would have been happy if they stayed the same, but was ecstatic with this news. Has anyone else tried the Caltrate, twice daily and seen results?
Hi,
I am taking Arimidex, for two months. I took Femara for two months, and had so much leg pain, I was taken off Femara and put on Arimidex. Now, I am having worse pain than while on Femara. I can hardly get up and down and my legs get stiff if I stand long. It is like I cannot control my leg movement at times. I wonder if this is permanent. I just want to stop hurting. Tell your mom, that I do wish her well. Gail, 65 years old. Had stage two breast cancer last July, and had a masectomy last August. Took Cytoxan, Neosar and then Adriamycin, Rubex and Taxol. (chemotherapy) I think the Taxol did a number on my bones. That is really when I think the pain started.
Anyone else that has taken Taxol, please let me know what you think. Thanks
[QUOTE=Dee48;3498038]Was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2006. Have been on Arimidex for over a year now and have been one of the lucky ones. While I do have the muscle and joint aches at times it's certainly not as bad as some. Had a bone density test before I started and will Caltrate and the gym 3 times a week bones actually improved, yes improved. Not much mind you, just a point. I would have been happy if they stayed the same, but was ecstatic with this news. Has anyone else tried the Caltrate, twice daily and seen results?
I don't know how this works. I have been on Arimidex for 2 years with little problem.
But my hair is getting thinner and the consistency is very different. i was wondering if there is anything I can do.