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Aug 30, 2022 10:49AM
Monarch - I have been on Letrozole for a little over 2.5 years now, and I experience all the foot pain and lower leg issues you describe. I am 100% convinced it is due to the aromatase inhibitor. Sometimes it's worse than others, and yes, it is like arthritis, because AI's mess with our joints (and hence both joint and muscle pain), as arthritis does. I had very mild arthritis in my hands only when I started the AI, and since the AI, it has gotten worse and worse, and now sometimes in the morning I can hardly bend my fingers.
I had Covid in April (one of those breakthrough cases in spite of vax and booster), and ever since then, my joint and muscle problems have been worse, and walking is more difficult. It was also after Covid that my fingers got super bad. I get so much out of walking, however, that I am continuing to do it, even though my feet, lower legs (and now even hips and knees) can really hurt afterward. I'm just of the belief that the more I can walk and the longer I can walk the better. Ever since Covid my walks have been shorter, they've been harder, and the pain after is greater, but I continue with what I can do. I've gone from about three miles a day 4-5 days a week to about 2 miles a day, 3 days a week, and it takes more out of me. I still get so much though, out of seeing the seasons change, the flora and fauna, the baby and dog walkers, people's houses and yards (I live in an apartment in a business district), enjoying the fresh air, birds, etc. that I will put up with the additional pain and just keep walking for now.
I truly believe that the underlying cause of this severe joint pain is the AI and not arthritis per se. Covid has made it worse, and I've read that "post-Covid syndrome" often involves joint and muscle ache problems, so I think the AI problems have been compounded by Covid. I've also read on here where others say their joint pain on the AI waxes and wanes, and I would say that's how my 2.5+ years have been. That's another reason, I keep walking. It actually usually helps in the long run, and I'm pretty certain that at some point I will notice that it's not as bad for awhile. On the other hand, I've read where some on here have said that their joint pains just got increasingly worse on the AI and that they finally had to quit the AI, because they had reached the point of needing walkers or being outright unable to walk, etc. I think it varies from person to person.