Dec 23, 2020 12:36PM BlueGirlRedState wrote:
Trigger finger really sucks. With anastrozole in 2017 stiffening fingers on both hands and trigger finger with middle finger on left hand almost immediate. Quit after 3 months quit anastrozole. After 2-3 months hands seemed to be improving, and started Tamoxifen. 2019, new cancer on R-side, started Ibrance and Arimidex. At first thinning hair main SE, but after about 7 months started noticing stiffening fingers, and now locking middle finger on left. I have to use other hand to unlock it. Turmeric seems to help a little. I try to remember to do finger exercises which also help a little. Really need to do them every day, but I don't. Acupuncture also helps, but is variable. Somedays I feel better all over, other days I do notice any help from it. I'm thinking about going 2x/month next year. Insurance will pay for some of the cost up to 24 visits/year.
2009 ER+ left breast. 52 yrs. Lumpectomy, Sentinel node removal, negative. Radiation 6 weeks, tamoxifen 5 years. Dense lumpy left breast, normal right.
2016 ER+ left breast. Probably a new cancer, but unknown. 4 rounds TC Aug-Oct 2016, Bi-lateral (my choice) Nov 2016, no reconstruction. 2 sentinel nodes remove, negative. Anastrozole 1 mg starting May 2017. Joint issues noticed immediately. Stopped Anastrozole after 3-4 months due to joint stiffness in. After several months of no AIs, fingers were feeling better. Started tamoxifen March 2018.
2019 ER+ R-axilla. First sign was lymphedema on the R-side. Start Ibrance and Arimidex Sept 2019. At first fatigue with Ibrance and hair thinning from Arimidex. Fatigue gone. Stiffening fingers and locking finger came back after 6-7 months on Arimidex.