Topic: For Arimidex (Anastrozole) users, new, past, and ongoing

Forum: Hormonal Therapy - Before, During, and After — This is a safe place to share your experiences of others considering or on hormonal treatment.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2012 06:46AM - edited Nov 15, 2017 01:07PM by moderators

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.

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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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Aug 10, 2014 02:52PM lisa2012 wrote:

my oncotype was 38. I was also BRCA1 positive. So that led me to chemo. 

I have been on all 3 AIs  and just finished a year on Tamoxifen. Pain and stiffness from all of the. Grrrr! Now going to try Aromasin again. Made it through 2 yrs so far of antihormone pills. Interestingly, my sister did 3 yrs of Tamoxifen and 3 of Aromasin and they were both "non-issues for her.  Lucky girl. 

Dx 1/2012, IDC, Left, <1cm, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-, Surgery 2/21/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 4/17/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/1/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Aug 10, 2014 02:56PM lisa2012 wrote:

I have heard of lip cancer-maybe because I live in a beach town.  Sounds like you really got a tough one. Sending you hugs. 

Dx 1/2012, IDC, Left, <1cm, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-, Surgery 2/21/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 4/17/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/1/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Aug 10, 2014 03:06PM - edited Aug 10, 2014 03:07PM by Rosiesride

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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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Aug 10, 2014 05:46PM - edited Aug 10, 2014 05:50PM by Redheaded1

Hi Ladies, haven't posted for a while, but wanted to let you all know that I called around and found the TEVA brand of anastrazole at CVS, so I am 2 pills in and wake up in the morning and feel really good.  Still have some insomnia issues and did have some strange dreams last night, but so far, so good. 

Still eating my gin soaked raisins too---who would have thought that after swearing off gin after my very first legal drink of it, I would be having a little every day 36 years later....


 

Dx 1/31/2014, IDC, Left, <1cm, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 4/9/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/9/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/24/2015 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 4/12/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 10, 2014 05:50PM IamNancy wrote:

WaveWhisperer - I am so sorry you have to go through this... My dermatologist said I have Actinic Cheilitis on my lip and I have some cream to apply for 3 weeks that will exfoliate the spot .she was going to do some cold spray thingy but decided I could apply this cream.. I haven't started doing it yet because I know its gonna look like a big cold sore once I start but reading what you are going through I realize I am fortunate this is all I have to go though..

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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Aug 10, 2014 07:05PM Savannahbabe12 wrote:

I have been on Anastrozole for three years, and the only side effect I have is my toes cramp sometimes.

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Aug 10, 2014 07:11PM Savannahbabe12 wrote:

I have a concern I want to share.  I had bilateral breast cancer which is very rare and had bilateral mastectomies three years ago.  I also had reconstructive surgery.  Now I'm experiencing discomfort near my sternum that feels like a pulled muscle.  It's my understanding that such a sensation in a person who has had cancer can be bone mets.  Has anyone else experienced this?  What did it turn out to be?  I have sent my oncologist a message about this.  Thank you for responses.

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Aug 10, 2014 07:22PM bren58 wrote:

Savannah, definitely get it checked out, but it could indeed be a pulled muscle. Do you have implants under the muscle? I have had pains a couple times in the center of my chest between the implants. It always went away with giving the muscles a rest. As you can see from my bio I have had implants alms 14 years. I hope it is nothing serious.

Faith is having the courage to let God have control. Dx 7/4/2000, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Surgery 8/27/2000 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel Surgery 8/27/2000 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right) Surgery 12/4/2000 Reconstruction (Left); Reconstruction (Right) Surgery 12/1/2009 Reconstruction (Left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (Right): Nipple reconstruction Surgery 9/10/2012 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Right) Dx 9/11/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 11/29/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/29/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/24/2013 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Right): Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 7/24/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2014 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Aug 10, 2014 07:32PM moderators wrote:

Welcome to BCO Savanahbabe12.

Pain can easily be just a pulled muscle as Bren58 said, but if not starting to feel better in a couple of days, please make an appointment with your Doctor to just have them check it over.

If you want to add your Dx details, which help with informned responses, you do that under "My Profile" accessed by link at top of each page in grey area.

Hope you soreness goes away.

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Aug 10, 2014 08:24PM lago wrote:

Savannahbabe12 It is common for any of us to think there might be an issue when we have bone pain or muscle pain that we think is bone pain. Like others have said you are doing the correct thing. If you have it for more than 2 weeks contact your doctor. It may not be mets but what ever it is it needs to be addressed.

DONE!! goo.gl/IoaN6U • Tattoos 2.7.2012 • Nipples 10.6.2011 • Exchange 6.24.2011 • Chemo 1.18. 2011 • BMX 8.31.2010 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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