Beginning 5th Year on Tamoxifen
I'm 2 1/2 months into my 5th year on Tamoxifen and my patience is wearing thin for dealing with the side effects. The worst one is stomach upset/pain. I'm taking a ton of PPI medication and have been since day 1, but apparently it's not enough on some days. I've only skipped one pill in March and one in May as I was just miserable, and also worry about possible permanent stomach problems. I have an app't with my MO next month and will review with her but just skipping one pill doesn't seem like she needs to know right away since Tamoxifen has a long half life.
My second worst side effect is lack of sleep. I know lots of us have this problem. However, after 4 years and 2 1/2 months with disrupted sleep and not sleeping one night all the way through the night I'm pretty exhausted. I met with primary care doctor today and he ordered sleep medication to use periodically if needed. Unfortunately, a side effect listed is stomach upset and I don't want to add to the stomach problem.
Thanks for letting me vent.