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Topic: Fatigue worse since BC?

Forum: Managing Side Effects of Breast Cancer and Its Treatment —

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Posted on: Mar 21, 2017 09:13AM

JJOntario wrote:

I recently have had a major cold/flu. I used to bounce back but I'm finding that I don't respond like I did before BC. I'm having a hard time getting that across to my family (not DH). It's almost 2 yrs since I ended active treatment not including tamoxifen....is this normal? I missed a baby shower this weekend because I will so stuffed up...but mainly just exhausted...and the family is having a fit.

46 yrs old. 2 daughters. Oncotype Score 16. 43 at dx. Dx 12/1/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/1/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 12/7/2014 Lumpectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 1/29/2015 Radiation Therapy 3/29/2015
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Mar 21, 2017 09:29AM debiann wrote:

I'm three years out and I don't have the energy I used too. At times I get so tired I could fall asleep anywhere. My mo said it is from the arimidex. Hope your family starts to understand.

"I live knowing it will be ok when I'm not." Dx 3/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 4/3/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/8/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/8/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/29/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 21, 2017 09:29AM wallan wrote:

Hugs to you. I remember unflailing fatigue about two years out when tamoxifen ended. You have been thru alot. You need support, not chastisement.

It does get better over time.


Dx 3/29/2004, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/31/2004 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/1/2004 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 12/1/2004 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 1/25/2017, LCIS/DCIS/ILC/IDC/IDC: Mucinous/IDC: Cribriform, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/8/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 21, 2017 09:42AM LisaAlissa wrote:

And you might want to talk to your primary care provider too. There are lots of things that can cause fatigue besides BC treatments. (It's really easy to see everything through the "BC-lens"...but it would be sad if something simple--like a vitamin D deficiency, for example--was the cause, but was never addressed.)

Hope you're feeling much more energetic very, very soon!


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Mar 21, 2017 04:13PM macb04 wrote:

Hi, I found that CoQ10 helped immensely with fatigue. I still take CoQ10 by Thorne Research. It helps the Mitochondria of our cells with energy production.

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