How long have you been taking it for?
I started taking it two years ago this month, I had shoulder, arm, wrist, knee and ankle pain in the mornings which I put down to tamo. This time last year we changed our mattress and honestly the pain went. I do still have occasional aches/pain in the joints of my fingers however they dont last too long, generally once I have flexed them it eases.
just butting in here re hip pain. Not sure how old you are, but is it possible the hip problems are due to arthritis? I say this as someone who was diagnosed with arthritis aged 64 a few months before my bc diagnosis, so i knew the worsening symptoms weren't necessarily due to my anastrozole, just the aging process. Had X Rays recently and can clearly see why I need a new hip in the New Year - no cartilage at all between the ball and the socket, so bone on bone, and spurs of bone that shoudn't be there. I'm glad I knew I had arthritis prior to diagnosis, so i feel pretty confident that 20 months of Anastrozole hasn't caused the deterioration, just advancing years, though it may have accelerated the process a wee bit.
Is it worth asking your docs to refer you for X rays? Also, if it is arthritis but not bad enough for a new hip yet, you could perhaps be referred for physio? All the best. x
Hi Nicky, I have been using Tamoxifen for 6 months now and the pain in my hips and lower back is becoming stronger every month. Moreso, the hot flushes are almost untolerable. I guess, is the price to pay for being alive, no? My mother wasn't as lucky as us...
Hang in there, one more year and maybe you can terminate the treatment! All my love, Anca
I have been on Tamoxifen for four years, I am maybe lucky that I only seem to get severe joint pain at night, in my hips, however it has now got to the point where I am waking up crying in pain. I can’t say I have found exercise helps.
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With best wishes
I am sorry to read that you are having a pretty tough time at the moment. I’m sure the users of this site will be along to support you soon.
In the meantime maybe it help to talk this through with a member of our helpline staff who are there to offer emotional support as well as practical information. The free phone number is 0808 800 6000 and the lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00 to 5.00 and Saturday10.00 to 2.00.
Best wishes Sam, BCC Facilitator