Anyone have a good (or at least OK) experience with Tamoxifen?
I have been reading through this forum, getting sucked down the rabbit hole of too much information, and so much of it scares me! I finally have my tamoxifen sitting on the counter, where it has been for a few days. I have not taken it yet. I came to this forum hoping for some reassurance, but it seems that most of the people who post comments are doing so because they've had negative experiences. Is this because most people have a bad time with Tamoxifen? Or because those who do are more likely to come here to vent or seek advice?
I feel like I've had a very good attitude ever since diagnosis. Surgery didn't scare me, radiation didn't scare me, and I had an easy time with both. Tamoxifen, however, makes me queasy to even think about. I know I need to just start and then deal with side effects as they come up. However, a few weeks out from radiation I finally feel so normal, back to myself, energy level is back to normal, I just really don't want to mess with that . . . but I have to.
So, I am hoping to hear from some people who will just tell me that it's possible to have minimal side effects, and that those you have can be manageable. My MO said that about 50% of the women he put on Tamoxifen have hot flashes and no other side effects, but that has not really made me more confident.
I feel so bad for those of you who are finding hormonal therapy worse than any other part of cancer treatment, and I so much don't want to be in that group.
I'm ready for a pep talk if anyone has a good one!