Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole

Posted by tinalove @tinalove, Jan 31, 2016

I completed all treatments for breast cancer but now I am supposed to take hormone blocker, named anastrozole. im concerned about the side effects. Has anyone here taken it and did anyone have hair loss?

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@mollymiller

And exercise? I can't force myself. I have gained a LOT of weight, it's cold, my whole body aches, et. etc! All bad excuses. On the occasions that I am Forced to walk a distance or climb a lot of stairs I get short of breath. I AM LAZY!!! I have been trying to force myself to do at least 15 minutes walking the dog…That's it! And "Exercise is Medicine"! I know it! Woe is me ~ One day at a time, i suppose. THanks for the input.:)

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Hi, Mollie. I'm browsing conversations while waiting for dinner to cook. I am not part of this particular conversation, but when I read your words about exercise, I know of 2 discussions that I want to share with you. I invite you to take a look. You might find some encouragement or inspiration to get started. I know that your participation will be welcomed, because in spite of our medical differences, we have an equal interest in taking care of our selves and supporting each other.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/lighten-your-limbs-with-friends/
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/staying-motivated-for-the-long-haul/
Sending good thoughts for success.

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I have been on Anastrozole for a year and a half. I can’t handle it anymore. I went from few wrinkles to a face full of wrinkles. I have such vaginal dryness sex is out of the question. My joints ache. My fingers won’t bend. All of this for an added 9% chance my cancer won’t come back. No! I’m done! Just trying to figure out how long it will be before the side affects go away! Kathy

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@kwanless

I have been on Anastrozole for a year and a half. I can’t handle it anymore. I went from few wrinkles to a face full of wrinkles. I have such vaginal dryness sex is out of the question. My joints ache. My fingers won’t bend. All of this for an added 9% chance my cancer won’t come back. No! I’m done! Just trying to figure out how long it will be before the side affects go away! Kathy

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kwanless – I am so sorry you are going through all of that. I'm finishing up my radiation and have to make a decision on HRT meds. It's just enough getting over of having cancer, then having chemo, surgery, and radiation. Yuck!

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@trixie1313

kwanless – I am so sorry you are going through all of that. I'm finishing up my radiation and have to make a decision on HRT meds. It's just enough getting over of having cancer, then having chemo, surgery, and radiation. Yuck!

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I was lucky that I just needed radiation. Not fun but I got thru it. Hopefully it goes well for you.

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@kwanless

I was lucky that I just needed radiation. Not fun but I got thru it. Hopefully it goes well for you.

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Hi there. I had a lumpectomy for bc, then 16 weeks of chemo, now am done week 2 of 5 of radiation. Next are the meds for me too. It's been nothing but hell for me up to now. Now I'm dealing with such terrible weakness and neuropathy in hands and feet. I hear ya girl when you say you are so done. I truly feel your pain.

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@karendb

Hi there. I had a lumpectomy for bc, then 16 weeks of chemo, now am done week 2 of 5 of radiation. Next are the meds for me too. It's been nothing but hell for me up to now. Now I'm dealing with such terrible weakness and neuropathy in hands and feet. I hear ya girl when you say you are so done. I truly feel your pain.

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On another note, I guess I'd rather go through all this than have the cancer come back so hang in there. One day at a time right.

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I guess I would put up with the side affects better if the meds gave me greater than a 9% chance with the meds. Seems like a lot of crap I’m taking for 9%. Hope you have less side affects.

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@kwanless

I guess I would put up with the side affects better if the meds gave me greater than a 9% chance with the meds. Seems like a lot of crap I’m taking for 9%. Hope you have less side affects.

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I agree with you!!!!

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@kwanless

I have been on Anastrozole for a year and a half. I can’t handle it anymore. I went from few wrinkles to a face full of wrinkles. I have such vaginal dryness sex is out of the question. My joints ache. My fingers won’t bend. All of this for an added 9% chance my cancer won’t come back. No! I’m done! Just trying to figure out how long it will be before the side affects go away! Kathy

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I am impressed you did that long!
My stats are 3-12 with the meds, but having hysterectomy next week which is to bring it down to 7%.
I tried same med twice for only 3 weeks each time! First time I quit when I started thinking about suicide…I appeased the oncologist and tried one more time for 3 weeks and gave up because like you I could not bend my fingers or even get out of bed!
I think we all have to also think of quality of life!
I am 64 have 4 young grandsons. I love to fish and kayak and play with the boys….I will not be bedridden.
Hugs to all of you!

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