Extreme fatigue and tamoxifen
I started tamoxifen last May after IDC/ILC/DCIS surgery and a month of radiation. I was 47. The first three weeks were brutal, but then things settled down. Aside from hot flashes, not so bad! Except now, I'm having a bunch of new side effects, including extreme fatigue.
I am capable of sleeping 9-10 hours a night and still can't last past 3:30/4pm at work. I HAVE to lie down for two hours. Then I am barely able to get dinner together. I've also recently had memory issues, severe weepy depression, and panic attacks, though they come and go. The fatigue is very hard to deal with — I need to keep my job!
Have you had this? My thyroid has been good, and my MO is skeptical that any of this is the tamoxifen. She thinks maybe the tamoxifen accelerated my entry to perimenopause, though. Still — how is this ok?? I walk 2-3 miles a day, eat fruits and vegetables, am relatively low carb, maintain a healthy weight, and I don't even drink anymore. I'm on Zoloft to manage some of the anxiety and depression. What gives? Thank you