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May 22, 2019 12:37PM
keywestfan That's EXACTLY what my MO said, so I took my vacation, and started my AI after that.
The first week on Anastrozole, I felt a bit sleepy, so I started taking it in the evening. By week 3 that sensation was gone, and I've reverted to morning dosing, just because that's when I take other meds, and it's easier to remember, in my routine.
After a few weeks, I noticed some joint stiffness, but it wasn't hugely worse than what I already had. 6 months in, my stiffness is much reduced. My thumb joints are a bit weak, so I use new strategies to open jars and grab things, to be kind to them. Each inconvenience is slight, and there's a 'work-around.' Now, after 6 months, I feel really quite fine. I have occasional hot flashes, but they're just feeling of great warmth, not huge sweat baths like what I had during menopause. So, everything feels pretty darned manageable.
I do one hour of exercise every morning in the pool. "Deep water" aerobics, with resistance cuffs and foam barbells, so it's a thorough, but gentle workout. If I skip a day and have too much inactivity, I have stiff joints again and don't sleep as well, so that's motivation to keep moving.
I remember feeling quite tired for 2-3 weeks after radiation ended, and then gradually back to normal. They did kill a bunch of cells in collateral damage, and your body has to repair that damage, so keep up with your protein (80-100 g per day is what my RO recommended) and antioxidants for a few more weeks.
Enjoy that vacation! You've been through shock and trauma, so a vacation sounds like a super great idea.
3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2-
6/10/2003 3DCRT: Breast
8/8/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
11/7/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant