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Feb 13, 2019 08:31AM
I'm feeling a bit grumpy about my finger neuropathy. After 3+ months on Anastrozole, I feel like calling it Nasty-zol when I am especially impatient. The feeling of being "asleep" crept up on my fingers and hands during months 2-3. It's worst in the mornings, and by moving my fingers around a lot and using my hands, I seem to get more feeling again. It often awakens me at night, and happens whenever my hands are still for awhile. Shaking them awake again has become a constant tic. I have to flutter around my hands quite a bit---I probably look nervous or possessed, or like I need a cigarette! Not a smoker.... I am a pianist, and I play classical trio music with a cellist and violinist quite often. So far, I can still play, and the limiting factor to my music is failure to practice enough, not my AI! But, I wonder if this will worsen, and I wonder if I'll continue to adapt to it.
I do have stiffness when I move again after sitting for awhile, but exercise is helping that recede. The stronger my muscles are, the less my joints complain.
None of this is a Deal Breaker, but I feel constantly challenged to Get Used To new inconvenient things. Weird-feeling breast implants + numb-ish fingers + cranky joints = the ongoing conflict between GLAD TO BE ALIVE and THIS IS NOT FUN.
Well. Now I feel better. Venting in a safe place is always helpful.
3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2-
6/9/2003 3DCRT: Breast
8/7/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
11/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant