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Topic: Breast Cancer/Anxiety/Hypothyroidism

Forum: Breast Cancer with Another Diagnosis or Comorbidity — Meet others who have breast cancer but also have another health diagnosis/comorbidity such as diabetes, MS, bipolar disorder, HIV or AIDS, Parkinson's Disorder, schizophrenia, etc.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2018 10:28AM

Crosbyfan1987 wrote:

anyone here have all 3?

Dx 1/31/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/13/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Mar 31, 2018 11:03AM Lula73 wrote:

yes. Thyroid levels stable, added a very small dose of an SSRI to my regimen for anxiety and it helps hot flashes, need to take clonazepam a little more often than before.

-Lula Dx 1/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/14/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 3/3/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/1/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 1/3/2018 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 31, 2018 05:11PM BellasMomToo wrote:

I do. I was dx'd with hyper-thyroidism (and Grave's disease and Hashimotos) in 1990. I was treated with radioactive iodine which knocked out my thyroid so I became hypo. I've been taking Synthroid ever since. I was dx'd with anxiety in about 2001 and have been on buspirone ever since. I was dx'd with BC in 2016.

Dx'd at age 56. Tumor found by my annual mammogram -- cancer can grow fast! Dx 10/6/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 10/6/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, ER+/PR- Targeted Therapy 11/1/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/1/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 11/1/2016 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 3/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left
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Jun 10, 2021 07:50AM Dragonfeathers wrote:

Hello! I have all 3 also: depression/anxiety have been lifelong (have been on sertraline/Zoloft and bupropion/Wellbutrin XL for at least 20 years), hypothyroidism diagnosed around 20 years ago (have taken levothyroxine/Synthroid since then), then estrogen-positive Stage 1 BC diagnosed a year and a half ago.

Because sertraline and bupropion (and Benadryl, which I take for allergies and sleep) can reduce the effectiveness of Tamoxifen at preventing a recurrence, I chose to be put into chemical-induced (Zoladex) - and later, surgical - menopause, and take the AI anastrozole/Arimidex instead.

Starting menopause suddenly and being on new medications along with the many long-standing ones has caused a bunch of side effects, and trying to figure out their causes and how to “fix" them is pretty confusing, since there are so many variables. (For instance, around the same time I started Zoladex and AIs, my skin got very dry, my cholesterol levels rose higher, and my usual fatigue grew stronger than ever, which I assumed was from menopause and/or the AI and/or heightened anxiety and/depression post-diagnosis, but - at my yearly PCP's checkup several months later - I found out that my hypothyroidism had suddenly gotten worse, which could also have caused some of those symptoms.) Also, because of my long-term use of levothyroxine and other meds, plus lack of Vitamin D and exercise (I tend to be a very sedentary night owl), menopause and AIs have helped to contribute to osteopenia in my hips with an estimated fracture risk when I'm 55.

(...Mentioning these details in case any of you are in the same boat, so you hopefully can avoid medication interactions and keep your bones stronger than I have, even if it's just going up and down the stairs a few times a day or pacing around your house and getting some Vitamin D through supplements, if your doctor recommends it. (My oncologist discourages taking calcium supplements, since too much calcium can create its own problems, but it seems like that differs between doctors. Also, you may want to check the interactions of all your meds with each other as well as food and drinks, in case your doctors have missed anything. (Warning labels on the Rx bottles tell you to avoid having calcium or iron-containing supplements within 4 hours of my levothyroxine, but I recently learned that caffeine can interfere with its absorption as well, if you take it at the same time.)

(Sorry if this is blathering/TM...I'm not great at self-editing. ;)) Take care! :)

Dx 11/2019, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal

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