Hormonal therapy medicines can be used to lower the risk of early-stage hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer from coming back, shrink or slow the growth of advanced-stage or metastatic hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers, and lower the risk of developing breast cancer in certain women who are at high risk. They work by lowering the amount of estrogen in the body or by blocking the effect of estrogen on breast cancer cells.
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Last review date: November 22, 2020
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 06:31PM - edited Nov 15, 2017 11:03AM by Moderators
Just starting aromasin after being on tamoxifen for 1.5 years. I am also on effexor so did not experience hot flashes with tamoxifen and my other side effects were mild. Am curious how others have done on Aromasin.
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Jan 29, 2020 08:34AM Jaybird627 wrote:
I take Anastrozole. I did start on Exemestane and switched because it was way more expensive, a different Tier with my insurance. I think I did have joint pain with it but I was coming of a year of BMX, chemo and rads and moving to another state so the pain could have been from all of that.
I think I did have some pain when I started Anastrozole but I take so many herbs and vitamins now that I rarely have joint pain. It may be all in my head but I'm going to continue to take them. My knees hurt when I sit on the sofa with them bent but that's about the only time. I'm 59 and feel old when I get up in the morning but as I move through my day I usually feel good/energetic.
I'm on Anastrozole for 8 1/2 more years so I kind of have to suck up any joint pain that I do have. I take it at night.
Jan 29, 2020 06:12PM Jaybird627 wrote:
I take a LOT of stuff but for joint care I take:
New Chapter Bone Strength (calcium +)
Himalaya brand Joint Care (herb blend)
Gaia Turmeric Supreme extra strength
Wobenzym N joint health by Garden of Life
Apr 20, 2020 07:14PM Humblepeace wrote:
I pray everyone is well during this very trying time. I had to come here for insight and experiences of others as I called my breast surgeon's office today and was told that I may not be able to get an appointment or a referral for an ultrasound due to covid-19. I'm waiting to hear back tomorrow.
So, November 2019 five months ago I did my yearly mammogram in my left breast (right side mastectomy 2017). It was discovered by ultrasound that my left breast had a fibroadenoma and was found to be "more than likely benign" and I should return in six months for another ultrasound. Well, I made appointment to return in early March 2020 which was also cancelled. So, a few days ago I began to experience a bit of soreness/pain in this breast. I almost ignored it, but I remembered...wait you're in menopause due a total hysterectomy June 2018. The pain is somewhat similar to what I used to experience during periods, but a bit more noticeable. Today I was experiencing more sharp pain and tenderness. I have also switched to aromasin in the last two months which has been no picnic. I thought Arimidex was bad, but this is it's naughty cousin.
Has anyone ever experienced breast pain due to AI's?
Thanks everyone for your insight.
Stay safe in whichever state you live.
Apr 21, 2020 04:09PM Ginger48 wrote:
I have not had that experience but hopefully someone will come along soon with some advice.
If it was me, I would call the dr to give them information about these new symptoms; it seems different than calling about a re-screen. I would insist on talking to the doctor about your concerns.
Apr 21, 2020 08:57PM Faith-840 wrote:
Hi Humblepeace, I am on a different AI, Letrozole but I think they all have similar side effects. I’m nearly 80 years old and get lots of breast pain in my one remaining breast. It’s worse if I have too much caffeine. I would certainly call your doctor and not ignore this if it’s a new symptom but it may be nothing to worry about until you can get an ultrasound.
It’s awful how this virus has turned our world upside down and put our lives on hold even when serious things are happening to us. Good luck, I pray you have nothing to worry about.
Faith (in the future).
Jul 7, 2020 09:15AM DKK wrote:
Hello all! I am in the same boat as many of you. I was on Anastrozole for 2 yrs and did fine, but gradually occurred knee pain so bad I could hardly walk. I changed to Extemestane and have been on it for 2 months and the knee pain is a little better but not much. I am 65, but like many of you, I feel like I am a 90 yr old woman. Some days are not as bad as others. I do take Vit D, Calcium and Tumeric
I would like any suggestions on relieving the pain on bad days. Tylenol does not help much. I do not like to take strong pain meds. I would appreciate any tips on what helps you deal with this pain
Thank you ladies 😍