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Posted on: Jul 10, 2012 06:46AM - edited Nov 15, 2017 01:07PM 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 12, 2019 04:07PM Stellawt57 wrote:

MissouriCatLady, thanks for the link showing the additives for the Anastrozole pharmaceuticals! I’ll be looking into the the ones that might be gluten as I have sensitivity to it!

Dx 8/14/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/2/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 10/3/2018 Hormonal Therapy 10/7/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 14, 2019 03:07PM Whatjusthappened wrote:

Hi all. I was wondering if anyone had bad side effects after beginning anastrozole that went away after a period of time? I'm trying to decide if I'm going to stay on this medicine. I started taking it a few weeks ago, every other day, then started taking it every day last week. Side effects since taking it every day are terrible. I have a headache that is present from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed, and even prescription-strength Motrin will not touch it. Blood pressure is dangerously high at times (already had high BP), achy legs, NO energy. And of course the hot flashes, but I knew I would have those. I feel very discouraged. I know there is an adjustment period to a new medicine, and if I knew things would get better that would help. I don't think I can deal with these SE's for the small increase in protection I'm getting. Do I need to give it more time? Any advice appreciated!

BRCA2 positive; multifocal LCIS/ILC found after sugery Dx 2/1/2019, LCIS/ILC, Right, 4cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/21/2019 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/22/2019 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 6/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 14, 2019 06:30PM IamNancy wrote:

Spookiesmom - I am sorry to read what you are going through and send wishes for the best for you!

oncotype 25 Dx 11/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/10/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 2/4/2013 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 2/12/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 5/13/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/7/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 14, 2019 06:37PM IamNancy wrote:

Sdianel - I am having hair loss too... I am making an appointment with the dermatologist to see if there is anything she can do.... I also switched recently to natural shampoo/conditioner - without sulfates etc... and a biotin spray - I have taken the biotin tablets for years now.

oncotype 25 Dx 11/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/10/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 2/4/2013 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 2/12/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 5/13/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/7/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 14, 2019 07:12PM PontiacPeggy wrote:

Nancy, I have hair loss too. But I was having some issues with it prior to BC. And my grandmother had a receding hairline. Probably can't win this. I am wondering if it will matter when I go off Anastrozole in October (my 5 years will be up and my MO doesn't want me to continue beyond that). Nice to hear from you!

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 9/2/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/17/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 14, 2019 08:09PM HikingLady wrote:

Whatjusthappened YES, my side effects all got easier, more manageable as time went on. Joints felt frozen and painful for several months, but little by little, that receded. At the same time, I was getting stronger, so I don't know for sure whether better muscles helped my joints not have as much discomfort, or whether I was getting used to the AI. Probably a bit of both. I also had super-sleepiness for a few weeks, and that went away.

I feel best when I drink a lot of water to stay extremely hydrated, and do one hour of daily exercise.

My MO told me all along that we had a plan. First, hang in there, he said, because a lot of side effects that are bothersome at first definitely get easier or go away. Try to make it 3 months, then 6 months and see how you do, he said. Then, he said that we'd switch brands if need be. Another option, he said, would be to have a 2-week vacation, during which some bodies "re-set" and manage the AI more easily when re-starting. Another option would be to switch to Tamoxifen, which is a bit less effective in overall reduction of recurrence risk, but still very helpful, and might give me fewer side effects.


Dx 3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 4/9/2003 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 6/10/2003 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/8/2003 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 11/7/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jul 14, 2019 10:48PM MickeyB17 wrote:

On the subject of which brand is best - I've switched from Zydus generic anastrazole to brand name and feel like the arimedex has more side effects.Noticing more joint pain. Rounding up my third week on it. I tried it once before and changed back in one week - this time I've given it longer. Going to switch back after this week and see if there's a difference and/or the side effects are just progressing - I'm 2 years in.

Odd because most everyone says brand name has fewer side effects. Wondering if anyone has had this expreince?

Dx 4/10/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/22/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 6/21/2017 Radiation Therapy 8/1/2017 Hormonal Therapy 9/1/2017
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Jul 15, 2019 07:08AM - edited Jul 15, 2019 01:07PM by MACTAZ

Hi all, my OC put me in a 3 week vacation from AI due to joint pain. I have only been on it for 4 1/2 months. I'm only on day 3 of my vacation bu mentally I'm back to my old self, or at least close. I hadn't noticed the significance of the “brain fog" and moodiness that had encompassed me. My joint pain, while slightly less is still there, of course only day 3.

I do want to continue AI, but now more concerned about my mental health. Have others experienced this brain fog and how are you dealing with it. I really don't want to take any medications for this SE.

Neo-adjunct therapy-TCHP (6 infusions ), Single MX right with TE, reconstruction-reduction and lift of left, implant and nipple reconstruction (3 surgeries), adjunct therapy H&P (11 infusions), hormone therapy. Dx 8/14/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (DUAL) Dx 8/14/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Dx 9/19/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Jul 15, 2019 01:01PM - edited Jul 15, 2019 11:02PM by Magari

I've been taking generic Arimidex for just over a year now. Side effects for me have been about the same from various manufacturers, but eased after the first couple of months and are manageable at this point.

I'm 55 and had no joint stiffness before. I do now, but mostly when I first wake up. Once I get moving and take a shower, I'm good most days. Especially because I'm religious about doing my PT exercises. (Plantar fasciitis that had been resolved is back, but stretches help.)

Hot flashes are much more intense and frequent than before. I take Effexor ER 37.5 mg and also use a Clonidine patch to minimize them, and they do help. May also improve my moods, too?

My hair has always been thick, but despite cold capping during chemo, I developed a thin spot on top. I've been using Surface Awaken Therapeutic Shampoo and conditioner as recommended by someone here's stylist, who's apparently a cancer survivor herself. Not sure if it's the reason, but my hair is thicker than ever. (And a bit wirey; it's so puffy that I am getting a keratin smoothing treatment to get it under control!)

DTI reconstruction; Cold capped during chemo to save my hair Dx 9/1/2017, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 10/15/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Targeted Therapy 11/26/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 11/26/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/26/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 6/3/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 7/17/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Jul 15, 2019 01:30PM ctmbsikia wrote:

I've made it one year on this drug---4 more to go (I think). I too felt like my joints were going into freeze mode the very first week----movement, and exercise reduces this greatly!!! I maybe a little slow getting out of bed but as soon as I start moving I'm fine. I started having hot flashes right after surgery. MO thought it was a stress factor. I also was getting night sweats that interrupted my sleep but thankfully they didn't last. I found that certain things I was eating and drinking increased these symptoms, so by eliminating them has helped me greatly. No red wine, no ice cream or other sweets and I sleep just fine. Great, right? Well, about 6 months in the hair thinning started and it is still going. Sometimes I have really bad days accepting this, and other days-oh well it is what it is and hope it stops soon or can I find a way to make it stop?

Hope this helps Whatjusthappened and anyone else just starting out. You may have SEs at first that will subside, and you may also get SE months after starting. Wishing you all well. Good luck.

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 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 15, 2019 04:01PM Whatjusthappened wrote:

Thanks for your responses, they give me some hope that my symptoms may lesson a bit. I guess I'll give it more time before asking my MO to switch me over. I can deal with most of the SE's, but can't deal with the headaches for much longer. I'm taking the generic Teva brand. I'm bracing myself for the hair loss, since I have always had fine thin hair to begin with.

BRCA2 positive; multifocal LCIS/ILC found after sugery Dx 2/1/2019, LCIS/ILC, Right, 4cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/21/2019 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/22/2019 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 6/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 15, 2019 04:39PM keywestfan wrote:

Just saw MO for 3 month check. Started taking Teva generic every other day on June 15. Every day on July 12. He asked about SEs. Said best way to protect bones and deal with any stiffness is walking. Risk of reoccurrence for me is 10% at 5 years, 18% at 10 if I do not take the pill.If I stay on it, risk is 5% at 5 years, 9 at 10. Says I will most likely die of something else (I’m 85.) If something else rears up, we’ll stop the pill, but to stay on it no and prevent metastasis.



Anastrozole June 2019 Dx 2/14/2019, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 3/23/2019 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/30/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Jul 15, 2019 09:37PM - edited Jul 15, 2019 09:38PM by MexicoHeather

I'm a big believer in toughing this out, because it is an important part of the medical protocol. The first year was rough. I tried to mitigate the SE with other meds, but I couldn't tolerate them. So now I take arimidex every other day and I am just a little achy. About a month ago, my oncologist asked be to continue for a total of seven years. I was a little shocked, and sad, but I will do it.

Dios es Amor. Dx 10/1/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/5/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 5/10/2017 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/10/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/6/2018 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 16, 2019 06:09PM 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 6/16/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 7/17/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/13/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 11/10/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 16, 2019 06:53PM 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 9/2/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/17/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 16, 2019 10:51PM 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 17, 2019 12:54AM 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 10:40AM 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 10:50AM 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 Targeted Therapy 5/17/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/17/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/19/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Jul 17, 2019 10:55AM 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 9/2/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/17/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 17, 2019 11:03AM 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 4/9/2003 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 6/10/2003 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/8/2003 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 11/7/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jul 17, 2019 11:46PM 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 06:44AM 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 Surgery 4/6/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 5/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 7/3/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 4/30/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 4/30/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 8/6/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Jul 18, 2019 10:55AM 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 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 18, 2019 11:43AM 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 Surgery 4/6/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 5/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 7/3/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 4/30/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 4/30/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 8/6/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Jul 19, 2019 04:13AM 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; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Saline implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery Lumpectomy: Left
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Jul 19, 2019 07:04AM 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 4/9/2003 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 6/10/2003 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/8/2003 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 11/7/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jul 19, 2019 09:35AM 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- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2015 Liquid tamoxifen (Soltamox) Surgery 4/17/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 19, 2019 12:21PM 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; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Saline implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery Lumpectomy: Left
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Jul 19, 2019 11:21PM 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- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2015 Liquid tamoxifen (Soltamox) Surgery 4/17/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)

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