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Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 01:29PM

thankful4life wrote:

I've been having severe joint pain and assumed it was from the Femara. I had switched PCPs, and the new PCP did lots of blood work. My rheumatoid factor was very high, so she went me to a rheumatologist. He also did blood work; again, my rheumatoid factor was very high. He did x-rays on my hands and hip.

Now he has diagnosed me with rheumatoid arthritis. I asked him if he thinks the Femara could be causing all of my joint pain, and he said that since I have such a high rheumatoid factor it can't be caused by the Femara.

The rheumatologist said he thinks the rheumatoid arthritis was caused by the trauma to my body (the cancer itself, 5 surgeries and then being hospitalized 4 times this summer). But my oncologist said she's never heard of that.

I have been on a break from the Femara for 5 days (will have a whole 6-week break - yay!!) and the joint pain has gotten less, although it is still there.

Anybody else with breast cancer also diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis? Thanks!

Sherry - Age 48 at diagnosis; ILC, IDC, Paget's, Lumpectomy on 11/18/2009 w/out clear margins, BMX w/free-TRAM reconstr.01/05/10; hyster/ooph 03/29/2010; Femara Dx 10/28/2009, ILC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 14, 2017 07:39AM dtad wrote:

TimlinThe....so sorry you are suffering. Are you taking an anti hormone?

Dx 3/20/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/10/2015, ILC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/21/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Nov 28, 2017 02:23AM - edited Nov 28, 2017 02:24AM by Lallypop

Hi there.

I was diagnosed with ER ductal and lobular cancer (primary) I had breast surgery in December 2016, radiotherapy up to March this year and after taking Anestrazole for 6 months I couldn't cope with the pain all over my body and my loss of muscle control that made me stumble about. I have never suffered from any rheumatic condition before but now I have been diagnosed with PMR. I no longer take anestrazole and have had a break from AI drugs. All symptoms disappeared while on prednisolone treatment and really felt well. I now have a new drug called Exemestane and its all coming back again after only 2 weeks. I'm still on prednisolone too so these drugs are working against each other?? Anyone else had the same?should I ask to try tamoxifen

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Mar 13, 2018 09:52AM Isamu wrote:

I am just joining this post for the first time on Breast cancer.org. I am afraid that by tomorrow I won't be able to walk. My joint pain and stiffness is so severe my oncologist took me off Tamoxifen 12 days ago. I am reading that estrogen deprivation can cause this, but it is usually associated with Letrozole. He has me on 6 Advil a day, but every morning, another muscle group or joint is affected. He has had me do two sonograms for possible DVTs in my legs, but both negative. I only made it 41 days on Tamoxifen before these severe side effects showed up. Has anyone had this severe symptom on Tamoxifen, and does it get better eventually? I had a whole round of blood tests this week, but don't think RA was ordered. I am three months post mastectomy, Stage 2 bc. There were no red flags on the blood work. Help!

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