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Oct 10, 2018 11:04AM
Oct 10, 2018 01:55PM
We are all different. I had a difficult time with anastrozole but I'm pretty sure it was because I was placed in surgical menopause and then placed on it two weeks later. So I was an extreme case. Plus I had left over neuropathy from chemo!
Depending on your side effects here's my assessment on what you can do to help yourself if you experience them.
1. Stay hydrated, for some reason that little pill dehydrates the hell outta me. I cut down on caffeine and threw some electrolytes in the mix. Whatever works for you but drink and drink some more.
2. If you aren't on a good food based calcium supplement with magnesium and D3 consider it with your Dr.
3. I added in turmeric from curcumin source for joint aches as well as a high quality fish oil.
4, Whatever you like to do, exercise and make it as often as possible. I swear yoga healed me on many levels but that's always been my passion. My PT cancer Dr. said super important to get in 30 minutes of aerobic activity a day. Apparently there have been studies on this to support that it reduces joint pain associated with als. Weight bearing exercise is necessary as well.
5. I cannot tell you how acupuncture helped with my hot flashes. My MO actually recommended I go since she's seen such improvement with a few treatments. And believe me she's no fan of taking a trip down any holistic path!! Oh and it can also soothe those frazzled nerves and aching joints. Yup!
6. I also take supplements for my hair but that's my own vanity in action! I haven't seen significant hair loss yet on anastrozole, but I'm not taking any chances after AC took every hair on my head!! And it's a big complaint for those taking als.
As I said above I switched from generic anastrozole to brand name Arimidex;this was a game changer!
That's what worked for me but my side effects were hot flashes, joint aches, cracking bones, headaches, dizziness and blurred vision! And a case of occasional rage!!
Don't be scared, we are all here living to complain! For some of us, what would scare us more than anything if we didn't have this little pill!!
3/26/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2-
5/11/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
7/22/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
1/25/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal
2/18/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
4/9/2018 Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Silicone implant
9/28/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
4/5/2019 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction