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To Lievre on vaginal and “down there” itching. My rt breast removed and 11 nodes 12/12/14. Just got relief from itching 2 mo ago by going to a urologist. I’m not a detail person, stayed on Anastrozole for 2 years, then got on a chat room and realized my horrid bone and muscle aches were side effects. Changed to tomaxafen for a couple of weeks, quit everything for a year. I’m a vital, single, 71 year old with a 94 year old mother. Had 4 months of chemo, exhausted, but not one day of nausea due to great pharmacists. In four years have lived in 3 states due to family needs, 3 different oncologists. Back to original oncologist, special doctor, he asked that I try Anastrozole again. No depression, rare hot flashes, weird little headaches and sore throats, insomnia, wonderful crying, very cathartic. My daughter said she had changed her mind, forget quality of life, stay on pill; that said, I am willing to do 8 more years if suggested. To me Weight loss of my 50 xtra lbs., great eating habits and 10,000 steps per day with my fit bit, I will simply enjoy the excuse of exhaustion and sitting many x per hour. I walk with a beach buggy because it is the height of a grocery basket and I can carry groceries, etc. I don’t have a balance problem, have 3 problem discs, so just like having a bit of support. Urologist gave me the RX for vaginal pills 2, then another dose of 2, did not use 3rd dose. Ointment Clotrimazole, Betamethazone and Dipropionate, use when needed. No itching, heaven. Have best hair ever, to my waist, loved being bald, can go either way... feel soooo sorry for working sufferers because of exhaustion.
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hi Wombat Woo must admit I sometimes have trouble getting to sleep but not every night, trouble is I sometimes think I blame everything on Anastrozole but pretty sure the headache because it's pretty much constant is a se, might try changing to night time anything is worth a try, thank you for your reply xxx

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Hi Fezzy. I take mine at night as taking it in the morning seemed to keep me from sleeping at night - perverse I know.

Your headache etc sound like hormal reactions to the oestrogen being flattened. Perhaps a chat with your BCN?

Xxx
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5 weeks of taking Anastrozole, thought I was doing really well only minimal side effects, slight headache hot flushes then last night I had a mother of all headaches felt sick, still feel the same today plus very tearful, trouble is don't really know if it is side effects or not but no painkillers will touch it. has anyone found out wether taking at a different time of the day helps? I take mine in the morning. have also been prescribed Alendronic Acid to take once a week anyone had se's from this, not taken it yet in case it makes matters worse.

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Hello ladies - I am on Anastrozole only 2 .5 weeks worth of experience, but the SEs other than the nausea seem to be linked to blocking the oestrogen...
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Thank you Gaylene for your reply; that's very interesting.

 

On 15 Oct, I have an appointment with the Surgical Outpatient Breast Clinic (arranged by my BCN) to discuss this further, so I shall take a list of questions, particularly about the pharmacology of the different drugs. 

 

I am sure you're correct that all the hormone blockers have side effects. As oestrogen is so fundamental to brain activity, absence of it is bound to have repercussions, even if patients don't react to the drug itself. I was put on Letrozole first by the medical oncologist, but developed a nasty rash after three weeks. The clinical oncologist identified it as being caused by the Letrozole, so prescribed Anastrozole instead. After 9 1/2 weeks, the SEs which have developed appear to relate to oestrogen depletion as much as the drug itself.

 

It seems, from experience of being treated for depression, that I am particularly sensitive to dopamine levels. I am prescribed a drug, in the long term, that slightly enhances dopamine in the brain and helps keep the depression (and other associated symptoms, including fatigue) under control. Unfortunately, my current symptoms are suspiciously similar to those from before being put on the dopamine agonist (which I am still taking at the normal dose).

 

My GP is very sympathetic and agrees quality of life is most important. I've a ghastly feeling I'll be put on Tamoxifen as it has a different mechanism, but we shall just have to see.

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Morning Appletree,

 

I had all of your symptoms while on Anstrozole for 15 months.  I was switched to Letrozole 6 months ago and while I still hurt all over and " Slower cogition; like thinking through pea soup." (love this), it doesn't seem to be quite as bad.  I don't think there is any hormone blocker that does not have some side effects.

 

Gaylene

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Morning Penbry,

 

I can't remember how long I took the Anastrozle before I had all the nasty symptoms. In fact, I was blaming everything on Fibro, RA, in fact my GP doctor ordered tests to see if I had any of those (I did not). I was on it for 15 months before I was switched to Letrozole, and while I'm not symptom free by any means, the pains lessened somewhat.

 

Gay

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By this Monday I had been on Anastrozole for 9 1/2 weeks. Over the last two weeks, I've gradually been feeling worse and worse.

 

Having spoken to my BCN on Monday morning, I've stopped taking Anastrozole as I'm feeling so ill in a difficult-to-define way. I'm sure it is mainly constitutional. I'm seeing my GP today.

 

My BCN has arranged an appointment for me to see specialists in the follow-up breast clinic on 15 Oct. The BCN thought my symptoms need attending to and that it is likely I'll be taken off Anastrozole for about 7 weeks to establish what the 'baseline' is. She emphasised that, in my case, hormone therapy is a preventative measure to lower the risk of cancer returning; it is not a treatment directed at an existing problem, and that quality of life is the most important thing to consider.

 

My own symptoms are:

 

• Joint and muscle pain especially first thing in the morning, particularly my left shoulder and upper arm (axillary node clearance on left side) and pain in my left wrist (which I seriously fractured in May 2017). Also, my right wrist, which is arthritic. These earlier injuries had settled down, but existing weaknesses seem to have been made worse by (I suspect) depletion of oestrogen.

• Increased fatigue (I have a certain level of chronic fatigue anyway which has been made worse).

• Mood changes, including depression and extreme irritability similar to that of PMT and the menopause. In other words, effects similar to anything related to hormonal disturbance as opposed to environmental factors.

• Slower cogition; like thinking through pea soup.

• Slight metallic taste in mouth, or even lack of taste.

• Loss of interest in food, but no weight loss, in fact slight increase.

• Nausea.

 

I have not had chemo so that cannot be blamed for any of these symptoms. I'm mot taking any other medications that could be blamed either.

 

I much admire those of you who persevere for 5 years on this stuff, but I can't see myself being able to do that.

 

 

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Hi everyone. I have been taking Letroxole for 3 years, since my lumpectomy in 2015. I recently saw my oncologist and told him I thought my Thyroxine might need adjusting (I suffer from hypothroidism ). He suggested it was the Letrozole causing me to feel achey and "under the weather",  and changed my meds to Anastrozole. I'very been on it for just 2 weeks and I feel really poorly. I've had a bad cough,  breathing problems,  dizziness, upset tummy and headache. My lovely GP can find nothing wrong so we are assuming it must be the Anastrozole. Did anyone else feel really ill when first taking it? How long did the initial symptoms last? 

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Thank you.
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Fray,

There are other hormone blockers available and you can ask your doctor to switch you to one.   I was switched to Letrozole after a year on Anastrozole when I just couldn't handle the pain anymore and I can tell a big difference.  I still have body aches but since I'm 74 years old, that's to be expected.   You don't have to suffer, talk to your doctor and tell him/her that you want on another med.  Good Luck!

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Thank you so much for your post especially since I have been experiencing for quite some time EXTREMELY bad leg pains that I can't no longer handle. I have been trying to figure out if this throbbing pain along with stiffness in both legs are the result of anastroze or arthritis (primary care provider seems to think it is). On his recommendation, I am scheduled to see an Orthopedic this week.  I have been on this med for nearly 6 years and my medical occologist is suggesting that I remain on it for an additonal 5 years.  She says my chance of it returning is about 10 -15% .  The pain is excruciating. I don't know what to do.

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 Hello  Joann,

I have been on the Aridimidex for five years - until two weeks ago. Joint pains within a few months, cough within a year, my bones started thinning, depression BUT the very worst of all was the fatigue - by the 3rd year it was becoming horrendous

By Christmas this last year I was begging to come off but didn’t dare. My cancer was diagnosed in 2013 when I was 74 years old. I was 80 this year and felt  every year of that 80 years!   My breast cancer was 3cms grade 3 / low estrogen responsive but NO node involvement.   Had a mastectomy   Previously I had had no health issues at all and was fit and active. I have spent the last three years like a semi invalid.  I have spent the last three years like a semi invalid.

THE GOOD NEWS i finished taking this dreadful / but life saving pill until just over two weeks ago and in the last two days I realised that I wasn’t feeling that dreadful fatigue -  which  meant that I could only complete up to 10 minutes housework for example, without feeling heavy and so so tired that I had to sit down. Today I have walked my West highland dog around the park, been shopping and done a little gardening and though I feel tired it’s NOT fatigue, The aching joints seem to be getting better also. So -  it is very early days but I just felt I had to give you ladies some encouragement to stay on least five years. There is life afterwards!

 Thinking of you. 😘😘

 

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Glad you found something that works for you Wilma. I take turmeric capsules everyday too!! I hope they help with any aches and pains and I've also heard that turmeric targets cancer cells so 🤞🤞. Take care 💖💖
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Hi, i have been taking Anastrozole for 2 years and had terrible pains in joints of arms.  Someone suggested that i take Mannatech (Bounceback). I have been ordering it from America. I was told that it will take  a while for tablets to kick in and roundabout 3 months into taking the tablets I decided not to take it anymore because i was not better.  I stopped taking it for a week and realized how fantastic it actually is and immediately started ordering it again.  I do not have any aches or pains anymore,  and will use this untill i can stop taking Anastrozole ( if ever). The basis of the tablet is Tumeric.

I can recommend this to anyone.  Please get back to me with any questions.

From a cold but sunny Cape Town.

Kind Regards

Wilma 

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Well ladies I'm a bit worried as my chemist had to give me a different brand of anastrozole today! He said they can't get my usual ones anymore!!! He also said I need to try the new type and sed how I go because they might be the only ones available to me. Can't see the manufacturer. They are in a blue and white pack. Guess I don't have any option!!!!
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So I've been to my gp. I've got a return to work date on 3rd September!! Boo!! But need the money as now down to half pay!! My gp said anastrozole is by far the best type of aromatose inhibitor so I guess we should stick with it if we can!!! She suggested any side effects may wear off in time. I'm feeling much better today though so think I was just having a blip. Hope you are all well 💖💖
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The thing is I had already gone through the change 10 years ago. So I can't get my head round where all the extra oestrogen was that caused this damned thing!! Well done to every one who is managing to exercise it surely has to help. Feel a bit brighter today even though I've been to a funeral think it made me pull myself together and be thankful that I'm still here!!💖💖
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I wow spin and pump well done and I am sure that has helped. The fact that these tablets are literally ‘whacking’ any oestrogen we have in our bodies really quickly rather than lett8ng the natural menopause take it’s course. . I have Achilles tendinitis in both ankles and this has made it worse I am sure. Doing boxing now!