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Oct 12, 2017 · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

My main issue is my stiff and aching fingers on my right hand only (so far). I have had one arthritic joint on my fore
Finger for years that doesn’t cause me much grief. About three weeks after starting anastrozole, my ring finger became stiff, started clicking, and really hurt. Stopped anastrozole for two weeks. No improvement. Started Exemestane. No improvement. Stopped meds altogether and fingers got better but issue was still there. Started Anastrozole again, and after about three weeks, my thumb joint seized up. Now I have three fingers on just the one hand hurting all the time. While I was off meds, I got sent to hand doctor. He decided I was getting carpal tunnel syndrome. When I asked about my finger, he said, “Oh that’s just arthritis.” I am beginning to think, at least with me, that Anastrozole can trigger a situation that has been simmering below the surface and then it’s hard to make it go away even when the drug is stopped. What was your experience with joint pain?

Oct 12, 2017 · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

I am on Medicare, but my insurance covers it to the tune of about $100 for a 90 day supply, I think. I’m going to call the doctor’s and see if they have any samples to try. They usually are pretty good about that.

Oct 12, 2017 · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

I saw the eye doctor for this and she suggested Restasis. I guess I’ll try it although I hate to add any more prescription drugs to my daily regimen. Thanks for the info about falling estrogen causing dry eyes.

Oct 11, 2017 · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

I just discovered this discussion group today. I was diagnosed with stage 1A breast cancer in July 2016. I have been off and on Anastrozole since January 2017. I have had serious hand pain in my right hand only. My ring finger is the worst, stiff and clicking. usually improves as the days goes on. About a week ago my right thumb suddenly started to ache and click when I flex it to the point where I have to take ibuprofen to be comfortable doing routine tasks like peeling potatoes. I have also had a lot of trouble with my eyes sticking shut while I’m sleeping and having to literally pry them open during the night when it wakes me up. Dry eyes the eye doctor told me and said I should use eye drops, etc. This is helping a little. I was switched to Exemestane for about two months and nothing improved. I went off everything for about 6 weeks this summer and the hand pain decreased but the eye problem did not. I have now been back on Anastrozole for about two months, and now the hand is getting even worse than it was before. Legs starting to hurt while sleeping. No hair thinning that I have noticed. Eyes the same. I have an appt. with oncologist i November and will evaluate going off the drug. Will this get better if I stay on for six months? I am afraid the hand pain is becoming permanent.