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Posted on: Jul 10, 2012 04:46AM - edited Nov 15, 2017 11:07AM by Moderators

nancyjac wrote:

I found a couple of older threads about Arimidex, but they covered a large time span with a gazillion posts, so I thought I would start a new thread for Arimidex/Anastrozole users.

I am starting on Anastrozole today. Plan is to take it for 5 years, possibly longer. I already have osteopenia and osteoarthritis (limited to one knee at this point), so I am most concerned about the bone and joint side effects. I'm already frustrated by finally having some energy and stamina back after chemo and radiation, but now I have trouble exercising due to the bum knee. I'm concerned about that getting to be even more of a problem on the Anastrozole.

Please share you experiences, side effects, questions etc. about Armidex/Anastrozole here.

Edited by Mods to add content from the main Breastcancer.org site on Arimidex: Benefits, Side Effects and More

Dx 11/2011, IBC, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 12/7/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/7/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/10/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/17/2012 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 4/19/2012 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/29/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes, Bone Hormonal Therapy 7/10/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 16, 2019 04:09PM Puffin2014 wrote:

Saw my oncologist this afternoon. Originally she'd said that the most current research showed that since I'd had chemo I should stay on the arimidex for another 5 years, and only ordered the Breast Cancer Index test when I insisted. It came back showing that the arimidex would have little effect on preventing a reoccurence for me in the next 5 years. Today she told me that because of those test results I can stop taking my arimidex the end of October, the end of my 5 years. I'm so glad I insisted on the test.

Dx 5/23/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 7/16/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/12/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 11/9/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 16, 2019 04:53PM PontiacPeggy wrote:

Hey Puffin, I get to stop on Oct 17th! That is when my 5 years is up. Glad you insisted on the test. And congratulations for hitting your 5 year NED mark last month!!!

HUGS!

Peggy. Diagnosed age 68., Oncotype 13. Everything is doable - not easy, but doable. Dx 6/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/23/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1 Surgery 7/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/1/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/16/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 16, 2019 08:51PM Reader425 wrote:

Puffin, we have a similar profile and I'm treated at Hopkins. My oncologist also has me on the 5 year plan (ending Feb 2020) assuming my next mammogram is good. So good on you for asking for the BCI test to be done.

I didn't know to ask for such testing but she mentioned wanting to order the Oncotype DX which I'm glad she did. With the grade 3 characteristic in my case, it was important to determine if I would need chemo.

Dx 9/11/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/28/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 1/3/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 16, 2019 10:54PM beep7bop wrote:

OK warriors I have a question???? How many here are having colon problems or cancer of colon since their breast cancer DX??? Please give your in put.

Dx 3/11/2019, ILC/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jul 17, 2019 08:40AM Tappermom383 wrote:

beep - I’ve posted on here about my issues - I’ve had diarrhea and abdominal pain since February. Finally saw a gastroenterologist - he ordered a colonoscopy (my second - first was clear) which I had last week. Normal - no polyps, no inflammation (so not Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis). I’m waiting for the biopsy results. Probably IBS - but the doctor said that is a diagnosis of elimination. And what to do about it? I”ve been keeping a food diary - nothing in particular seems to set me off. It’s now just a part of my new normal.

MJ

Diagnosed at 70 after four excisional biopsies over the course of 47 years. MammaPrint came back Low Risk. DexaScan: osteopenia. Cancer removed was 1.8 cm. Dx 3/23/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/31/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/17/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 17, 2019 08:50AM Ingerp wrote:

Tappermom--I've had IBS for over 30 years. For me, it's highly stress-related.

Dx 3/11/2016, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 3/22/2016 Lumpectomy Surgery 4/19/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/17/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 3/2/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 3/12/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/17/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 5/17/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/19/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Jul 17, 2019 08:55AM PontiacPeggy wrote:

Beep7Bop, I've had none. I am nearly at the 5 year mark.

HUGS!

Peggy. Diagnosed age 68., Oncotype 13. Everything is doable - not easy, but doable. Dx 6/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/23/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1 Surgery 7/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/1/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/16/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 17, 2019 09:03AM HikingLady wrote:

RE: diarrhea/abdominal distress/GI tract stuff....

I was once misdiagnosed as having IBS for an entire year, when, in fact, I had giardiasis. Which is notoriously hard to "catch" on a stool sample. It was horrible. GI stuff can be tricky to diagnose.... Eventually, the correct diagnosis and medication cured me quickly.

Dx 3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 4/8/2003 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 6/9/2003 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/7/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 11/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jul 17, 2019 09:46PM Gussy wrote:

I've had IBS for about 40 years as well. I am certain that it is stress related. As I've gotten older , the stress gets less or I can handle it better. But, every once in a while it crops up.

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Jul 18, 2019 04:44AM SimoneRC wrote:

Hi beep7bop,

Yes! First colonoscopy after diagnosis, 15 polyps of which 4 were pre cancerous. This year 35 polyps, some precancerous. I do have a family history and a gene mutation that may be linked to colorectal cancer. Hoping to stay ahead of them with colonoscopies. I am bummed and a bit scared about this one. Really hoping to 1. Not get colorectal cancer and 2. Keep my entire colon/rectum.

What’s going on with you

ATM Gene Mutation, Deletion. IDC w/Lobular Features and Focal Mucinous Features. Pre Pectoral Reconstruction. Hysterectomy
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Jul 18, 2019 08:55AM ctmbsikia wrote:

SimoneRC, so sorry to hear that, and wishing well with your due diligence to NOT get another cancer. What are your intervals? 1 per year?

I am glad to have the colonoscopy over and done with. Had my 1st this past Mar and passed. I'm good for 5 yrs. I will say that the AI has affected my digestion, or so I think. It's slower now, I have a whole lot of noise and gas that goes on. Only cure for this is eating smaller portions and moving, not sitting, after eating. I also try not to eat anything after 7-7:30pm until at least 9am to give the old system at least 12-14 hours to work and do what it supposed to be doing. I could be a full blown wackadoo too!?

Dx 12/14/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/16/2018, LCIS, Right Surgery 1/31/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 18, 2019 09:43AM SimoneRC wrote:

Yes! Slower digestion for me as well. Do not know if it is the AI specifically and/or being off HRT. I always had issues when not on birth control and when I was between birth control pills but not yet on HRT. I use Benefiber twice a day and Colace every other day. I was using Miralax before that, about 2/3 of a dose, but am now doing the Benefiber and Colace. I do cardio 5 or more days a week, drink a ton of water, and try to eat lots of veggies/fruit and whole grain.

Colonoscopy every year at this point. Will re-evaluate after each one!

Good luck with the digestion issues! It’s a real pain in the ass!! Literally:-

ATM Gene Mutation, Deletion. IDC w/Lobular Features and Focal Mucinous Features. Pre Pectoral Reconstruction. Hysterectomy
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Jul 19, 2019 02:13AM Rosanne7 wrote:

Hello All !!! Is anyone else struggling w/ Summer heat wave & anastrozole adherence??

Looks like I'll be skipping pills today (Friday) thru Sunday -- & resume Monday. Have been experiencing some blurry vision, dizziness, excess constipation & fatigue in hot weather...

Stopping anastrozle for a few days helps... Trying "Natural Calm" magnesium powder for constipation... still finding magnesium (in general) to be rough on GI system. Yogurt helps (a little) to calm things down.

Dx 5/2007, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2007, LCIS, Left Surgery 2/29/2008 Lumpectomy Dx 8/2011, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 11/1/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR- Surgery 2/14/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/30/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery Lumpectomy: Left Surgery Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Saline implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Jul 19, 2019 05:04AM HikingLady wrote:

I have found that I need to drink A LOT of water all day long. Maybe a quart more than I'm actually thirsty for. If not, I get somewhat constipated, and I feel somewhat achier. Perhaps because of my AI, but perhaps just because I'm older; who knows! I just find that the hot flashes + achiness + GI stuff all are better when I'm super well hydrated.

Dx 3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 4/8/2003 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 6/9/2003 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/7/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 11/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jul 19, 2019 07:35AM Peregrinelady wrote:

The good thing about the magnesium powder is that you can adjust the amount to see what works the best with your body. It can act as a laxative at a certain point.
Dx 4/24/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/18/2015 Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2015 Liquid tamoxifen (Soltamox) Surgery 4/18/2016 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2020 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/3/2021 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 19, 2019 10:21AM Rosanne7 wrote:

Thanks, Hiking Lady! :)

Peregrinela -- LOL, I need to find that magic teaspoon -- 1/4 tsp is too little...but a TBSP may be too much! This summer, I'm trying Natural Calm (Original/Unflavored) "ionic magnesium citrate" powder.

Dx 5/2007, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2007, LCIS, Left Surgery 2/29/2008 Lumpectomy Dx 8/2011, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 11/1/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR- Surgery 2/14/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/30/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery Lumpectomy: Left Surgery Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Saline implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Jul 19, 2019 09:21PM Peregrinelady wrote:

Roseanne, that is exactly what I take. A teaspoon in my tea every morning. It helps with depression, as well. Hope it works for you.
Dx 4/24/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/18/2015 Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2015 Liquid tamoxifen (Soltamox) Surgery 4/18/2016 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2020 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/3/2021 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 21, 2019 01:31PM Rosanne7 wrote:

Peregrinelady, That's a good idea -- I'll try magnesium powder earlier in the day. Thanks! What kind of tea do you mix it with?

Dx 5/2007, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2007, LCIS, Left Surgery 2/29/2008 Lumpectomy Dx 8/2011, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 11/1/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR- Surgery 2/14/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/30/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery Lumpectomy: Left Surgery Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Saline implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Jul 21, 2019 08:09PM Peregrinelady wrote:

Roseanne, I put it in Throat Coat tea with lemon and aloe Vera juice. I have acid reflux and quit taking Prilosec when I was diagnosed. Hopefully this combination will keep my throat healthy.
Dx 4/24/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/18/2015 Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2015 Liquid tamoxifen (Soltamox) Surgery 4/18/2016 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2020 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/3/2021 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 22, 2019 05:51AM MamaOz wrote:

hey LeesaD.

I see you switched to the real deal. I have been on it since Oct 2017. With Eagle pharm Typical aches but doable

My main concern is the bone density thing.. i know youve been getting the prolia shots. Any umprovement on your scans?

Im still being a weeny on taking anything. And have osteopenia


Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/19/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 8/7/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 22, 2019 06:48AM Rosiesride wrote:

Hey @Pontiac Peg! Haven't been on here in a while as I started anastrozole 2015 after a year of tamoxifen...I also take Claritin for bone pain but I do need extra for allergies so I will take Benadryl...super itchy eyes!

Just got results of bone scan and have osteopenia. My question is about a shot of a drug for this (started with a P? But don't know there name of it🙃). Wonder if I should get the shot , once every 6 months or a daily pill. Anyone else have this choice from doc? I am replying to an older post from Nov. 2018...not sure where this will post on the site! Have a good day !! Rosie

Dx 12/17/2013, ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/2/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 2/9/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/18/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/28/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 22, 2019 06:54AM MissouriCatLady wrote:

I may look into this Natural Calm. Has anyone had trouble with leg cramps taking anastrazole? I went from one magnesium to two and am still having trouble. I've been on this for almost 3 months now and the leg cramps have just come up in the last few weeks. I wanted to mention too, I did get a prescription for brand-name Arimidex from Eagle Pharmacy (haven't started it yet). Eagle Pharmacy called me Saturday, telling me they had my metoprolol prescription, would I like them to fill that for $30? I'm not sure where they got the prescription from, but I get all my regular meds locally, paid for by my insurance, and that caused me a little concern. Best wishes to everyone, thanks, Lisa

diagnosed at 55, DX 10/17/18 IDC Left IIB grade 3 0/2 nodes ER+PR-HER2+, 11/7/18 TCHP, 4/4/19 Left Lumpectomy, 4/29/19 anastrozole (name-brand at CVS with a GoodRX coupon), 6/3/19 Rads, HP done 1/8/20, complete response to neoadjuvant therapy Dx 10/17/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC)
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Jul 22, 2019 07:54AM Diveslikeagirl wrote:

Rosie, MamaOz: I made my decision about taking bone strengthening drugs based on research that indicates bisphosphonates may help to prevent recurrence in bone. My last scan showed osteopenia and my MO agreed to prescribe alendronate. I take it once a week and haven't had any side effects that I can pin on it. I've included a link to a BCO article with more detail. I also do a lot of resistance training (before and after diagnosis). Just my two cents. Your mileage may vary.

https://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/all-bis...



Dx 10/2017, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 11/15/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy 12/22/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/22/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 5/14/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/18/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 22, 2019 09:20AM PontiacPeggy wrote:

RosiesRide, Finding out I could take Benadryl with Claritin was huge for me. Claritin does nothing for my allergies. I take Fosamax for my bones and so far there has been no change in my osteopenia. Some people take Prolia injections. When I go off anastrozole in October, my MO wants me to continue the Fosamax for another 6 months. Then we will decide if I should continue it or not. BTW, Fosamax is once per week. You have to remain upright for 30 minutes and no eating but drink lots of water (no coffee, sorry). I take it first thing in the morning. I have had no problems with it. Supposedly it helps prevent bone mets. I think it is worth a try.

HUGS!

Peggy. Diagnosed age 68., Oncotype 13. Everything is doable - not easy, but doable. Dx 6/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/23/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1 Surgery 7/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/1/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/16/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 22, 2019 09:52AM HikingLady wrote:

Rosiesride I was diagnosed with osteopenia before starting Anastrozole. I have a bisphosphonate called Zometa infused every 6 months. Zometa also offers some protection against bone mets. My MO recommended this plan for the convenience of not having to take another pill, and because it has this added benefit.

The day after my infusion (I've had 2 so far), I feel a bit slow and tired, and I need a nap. Not much energy, like fighting off the flu. I drink A LOT of water that day to help it along, as is recommended. The day after that, I'm back to totally fine and normal. Infusion takes 45 min or so. The day of the infusion, I also have some labs (blood draw---I can't remember what he checks for, but something!) and then my MO sees me (check-up visit, discuss how I'm doing, discuss what the labs show in the blood work-up) and then I have the infusion.

Dx 3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 4/8/2003 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 6/9/2003 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/7/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 11/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jul 22, 2019 10:16AM SUPer52 wrote:

I may have posted this already, but.....I also receive the Zometa infusion since I already had osteopenia prior to starting anastrazole and because of the slight protective benefit against bone mets that it may provide. I had my first infusion a few weeks ago, and like HikingLady, I felt some minor flu-like symptoms that started about 24 hours or so after the infusion. Nothing major- some chills, a low grade fever, a little achy, and fatigue. I took some ibuprofen and rested and was back to normal another day or so after that. I also had bloodwork about a week before the infusion for a complete metabolic panel, mostly to check for kidney function since the medicine is filtered through the kidneys and can be hard on them, which is why they give instructions to drink water ahead of time. I believe they also want to check blood calcium levels before receiving the Zometa, and I would assume that would be the case prior to starting any biophosphonate. The current plan is to receive this infusion every six months for three years. It is my understanding that some of the rare yet serious side effects from these biophosphonates are more likely with the infusions than they are with the injections or oral tablets, but usually occur with more frequent dosages over an extended period of time, as in more than five years.

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, compassion, some humor, and some style." -Maya Angelou Dx 1/15/2019, DCIS/IDC, Right, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 1/23/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 2/25/2019 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/8/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/11/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 22, 2019 12:01PM Ingerp wrote:

MissouriCat--I've had leg cramps on the AI but was always prone to them (as was my mother!). Had them particularly if I was wearing different shoes (like heels when I'm almost always in flats), or <ahem> when I'd had a few drinks. I just started a magnesium supplement about a week ago based on recommendations here. I haven't had any since, but also haven't really been in the typical situation that tended to induce them.

Dx 3/11/2016, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 3/22/2016 Lumpectomy Surgery 4/19/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/17/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 3/2/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 3/12/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/17/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 5/17/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/19/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Jul 22, 2019 12:09PM MissouriCatLady wrote:

Ingerp - thank you. I had a few beers Saturday, was visiting my parents celebrating finishing radiation. I know, I should not drink. It's hard for me when I get together with my drinking family. I wondered if perhaps alcohol made it worse. Thank you. I need water, exercise and no alcohol (a perfect life). My doctor suggested tonic water, which was a new thing that I hadn't read about. Apparently, it has quinine in it (I did a Google search and read that). Thanks, Lisa

diagnosed at 55, DX 10/17/18 IDC Left IIB grade 3 0/2 nodes ER+PR-HER2+, 11/7/18 TCHP, 4/4/19 Left Lumpectomy, 4/29/19 anastrozole (name-brand at CVS with a GoodRX coupon), 6/3/19 Rads, HP done 1/8/20, complete response to neoadjuvant therapy Dx 10/17/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC)
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Jul 22, 2019 02:22PM - edited Jul 22, 2019 02:24PM by Spookiesmom

My cardiologist recommended quinine for leg cramps. Mine aren't consistent, may go a week or more with none. The stuff tastes nasty. Is best downed with gin, or it really is hard to choke down. It's full of sugar, has to be to make it drinkable. The diet stuff is even worse. Proceed at your own risk, I can’t drink ANY type of alcohol, so that’s not the reason for me. 🤢🤢.

First time IDGgrade 3, stage 3. Second time, found lump myself. That made me stage 4. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Jul 22, 2019 05:01PM - edited Jul 22, 2019 05:03PM by LeesaD

Hey MamaOz! I've had three Prolia shots so far and getting my fourth one next week. The third one was in January and my endocrinologist did a bone density test right in the office before he gave me that third shot. The bone density showed I had progressed to osteoporosis (since my pre treatment scan that was done a year and a half prior to that one) and I had been on the anastrozole about 17 months when he did second density test. So being on the anastrozole made my bones worse in not even a year and a half and the Prolia hasn't really done anything yet I guess. I'm going to talk to him next week when I see him for the next shot. I think he said last time it should stop the progression now as it has a good track record but who knows. I haven't had any side effects that I've attributed to the Prolia. Maybe my teeth feel like they've shifted a tiny bit as my bite feels slightly different but I'm notsure if that's what jaw issues feel like from Prolia. So is it doing its job? Not for me as of January but will it eventually, maybe. Wish I had some more definite info for you.

Hope all is going well otherwise! I see my oncologist next week. First time we've gone six months without seeing each other and six months without bloodwork. I'm a little nervous. I started participating in a clinical trivial this last January. ABC (aspirin for breast cancer) trial to see if daily aspirin as an anti inflammatory effects recurrence. Don't know if I'm on the aspirin or the placebo. I think placebo but I'm in it for the long haul I guess.

Oncotype Score 3, 2/4 Sentinal Nodes micromestasis so pushed for ALND for 'peace of Mind' and surprise found 2/14 positive axillary nodes Dx 2/3/2017, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 4/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/17/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 5/8/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/1/2017 Hormonal Therapy 9/7/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Surgery 11/16/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 1/29/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant

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