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skinnyminx
Posts: 218
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: Femara & joint pain

Hi hazelmary

 

I hope your aches and pains aren't too bad at the moment.

 

That makes sense, the comment about drugs being more effective for people who get bad side-efects sounds like a throw-away line by an oncologist as a platitude to someone who was experiencing bad side-effects.  Not very professional to say it though, if there weren't any scientifc evidence!  The trouble is with posting such a comment on here is that it might make some people think their cancer treatment is not being effective if they're not experiencing side-effects and that can be very worrying.

 

I must admit I smiled slightly at how long it took your oncologist to accept that pain in joints and bones could be related to letrozole when it's mentioned in the Patient Information Leaflet  as a "very common" side-effect" affecting "more that 10 in every 100 patients"

 

http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/3783/PIL 

 

All the best.

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hazelmary
Posts: 301
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: Femara & joint pain

Yes Skinnymix, I remember that post, I think that was a comment from the Onc to the lady that posted.

 

I happened to mention the comment to my Onc at my appointment, well he is normally a laidback mild mannered man, he was fuming, my husband looked at me to say "what did you say that for"  I guess some Oncs just say these things to pacify us. It has taken me nearly 5 years to get my Onc to agree that  a side effect of Letrozole are aches and pains.

 

 

 

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skinnyminx
Posts: 218
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: Femara & joint pain

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Interesting, Mhmama.  My diagnosis sounds very similar (IDC, 5cm average diameter, 3 nodes involved, ER+, mastectomy, chemo, radiotherapy).  I get to my 5 year point on letrozole next Spring and have been told by my oncologist that there is insufficent evidence as yet of the effectiveness of staying on AI for >5 years so she will probably switch me to Tamoxifen for the following 5 years.

 

I suppose all oncologists have different views and all cases vary. 

 

P.S.  I realise it was posted in 2011 but I'm also interested in geewhiz's assertion that "people who  experience strong side effects tend to get a more positive outcome from the drugs".  I'd like to know the basis for this assertion because I'm not at all sure that it's true.

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Mhmama
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎22-06-2014

Re: Femara & joint pain

I was first put on Femara in November 2008. I had stage 3 breast cancer with 3 lymph nodes positive for cancer. I had bil. Mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. I was hoping that when my 5 years were over I could get off Femara but my Oncologist told me that he really wanted me to stay on it. I have had severe joint pain, hair loss, problems with concentration, and such. I have nerve damage in my hands and feet from the chemo. I have to go to a pain doctor for the pain and unfortunately, the nerve damage is progressive. For me, the so called cure has a high price but I know others that have it worse on Femara and others that have no side effects.
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Beenie
Posts: 15
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: Femara & joint pain

Thank you for your replies.

I will give it longer (don't see the oncologist again until Sept anyway) and see what happens. The glucosamine idea was a good suggestion, and I'll definately ask about that.

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geewhiz
Posts: 522
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: Femara & joint pain

Hi Beenie,

I've been on Femara, and did have stiffness and joint pain just as you describe, and am pretty sure it was a direct side effect. I took Femara for about 5 months, and found the stiffness gradually increased over that time, although it was not as bad as I had experienced on Tamoxifen. One thought to perhaps give you encouragement is that people who experience strong side effects tend to get a more positive outcome from the drugs! It may also be worth speaking to your oncologist about supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin?

Best wishes, J x

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sweetanimo
Posts: 203
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: Femara & joint pain

Hi Beenie,
I've been on Femara since November last year and so far no real SEs except some tiredness. As mentioned before, I'd give it a few more months before changing to something else if you can and as you say, it might be a reaction to stopping HRT although not heard of that before.
xx

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lucinda
Posts: 589
Registered: ‎19-01-2038

Re: Femara & joint pain

hi
I have been on femera since last May.I had a lot of joint pain originally but this did ease and the only real pain i suffer now is from my bone mets.I have gained some weight,but not sure I can blame femera for that entirely as that could be from the "little treats",and I have a rash on the top of my arms.
My last scans in january showed no cancer spread so I consider these small se's a small price to pay.I think whatever treatment you are on will result in similar se,s so maybe if you give femera a bit longer and see how it goes, you can always ask to change in the near future if you are still unhappy.

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weeannie
Posts: 200
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: Femara & joint pain

Hi Beenie

I have been on Femara since August last year. I suffer from joint pain on and off, but feel in the last couple of months it has eased off and I am able to control it with simple painkillers.

Hope your joint pain eases, but maybe you should give the Femara a little more time to work.

Hope this helps a little and I am sure that more of the ladies will come on with more advice for you.

Love Anne xx

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Beenie
Posts: 15
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Femara & joint pain

Started taking Femara in February. Since then have had bad joint pains (like a terrible arthritis) and wondered if anyone else had experienced this?

I had to stop taking HRT at the same time and think it might be the effects of no HRT which are giving me the arthritic pain.

Is there anything else in the onc's bag of tricks apart from femara and tamoxifen? I'd like to give something else a try...

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