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Apr 26, 2017 07:05AM
Apr 26, 2017 07:07AM
Hi all, I began on tamox, then when it was confirmed chemo put me over the edge into full meno, I went on arimidex for 1.5 years. Had mood swings, bloating, depression, anger, and weight gain along with horrible trigger joints in some of my fingers. I was ready to stop completely and my doc asked me to take Aromasin. I did, and after nearly 2 years the only side effect I'm beginning to feel is some soreness in my thumb joints. I expect that when the semester is over and I don't have to type so much (I'm a univ. lecturer) my joints will calm down. All the other symptoms went away completely. I expect to be on this drug for at least 10 years--and maybe for the rest of my life, depending on what future research reveals. My fear is that I'll become immune to its effects.
As for diet, I am about 90% vegan, organic, mostly fruits and veggies with wild caught fish thrown in there from time to time. I eat the occasional dairy but it has to be grass fed, non-RbST (growth hormone) free.
I take a bunch of supplements my naturopath has recommended. Get lots of exercise because I'm a believer about the nurse's study/exercise and recurrence.
Had to get a Prolia shot, first time, for osteopenia. I didn't agree because of that condition; I liked the idea that my bones would be better protected from cancer. I eat 2 tums a night per my MO and let the rest of the calcium requirements come from food. I don't worry about not getting enough, that's for sure. I make sure I take liquid Vit D supps--6000 IU a day again per my naturopath, and K2 to help the calcium do its job. And I don't use sunscreen for the first 1/2 hour I'm outside.
What else? I refuse to wear ugly shoes, but they do have to be comfortable as well. Born shoes feel great to me and in the summer chaco flip-flops are my go-to shoes, but they are pricy (can't remember why we are talking about shoes and AIs but I thought I'd join in--it's a fun topic actually). I can't jump on the Keen bandwagon. My daughter worked for Teva/Deckers/Uggs for years, and she's spoiled me for good shoes since she could get me samples and deep discounts. :)
Claire in AZ
9/29/11 ILC, 2 c. stage II grade 1, ER/PR+ HER2-, 6/11 nodes, lumpectomy, DDAC x 4, Taxol x 12, 33 rads, Tamoxifen/arimidex/aromasin, BMX/immed recon 7/3/13 "In the midst of winter, I found in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus