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Arimidex Withdrawal Symptoms

A short message to Kate - Santa Clara: So sorry that I replied to your message in such a long story. But I think I sometimes do need to steam off and I've just done that and maybe also did that to convince myself! Because it is very hard.  (Oct 4, 2007 | post #21)

Arimidex Withdrawal Symptoms

Hi Kate, I had tamoxifen for the first two years and changed over to arimidex, BECAUSE of it's side effects! And to tell you the truth, it didn't change much at all! I still have aching joints and they are swollen and stiff in the mornings and my lower back is hurting all the time. I still am pretty quickly tired and am fed up being fat! So yes, I was quite upset that, when I got the all clear last month, I was told to carry on taking arimidex for another five years!!! But thinking about it...... many women still DO die of breastcancer, so thinking of that it is maybe a "small" price to pay. I have had to put up with a hell of a lot the last 15 years of my life and finding out that I had BC was well way too much!! I really didn't think that I deserved that too, but what can you do? Ok, I'm on anti-depressants (was already on them before the BC started) and think that they have helped me a bit too. Doesn't mean that it makes me great all the time. Believe me, there have been and still are many many times that I'm soooo f***ing fed up!!! But, at some moment, I do realise that I should be feeling lucky that I'm still alive, so I just put up with it and think that there are a lot more people in the world that are a lot worse off than me. But yes, it's not fair, and we have to put up with all this afterwards, while we already had enough shit with the operations,chemo and radiotherapy. Kate,just hang in there. And as I mentioned (in a very long sort-of-round-abou t-way!)I've had tamoxifen. But I've read that researches have shown that arimidex is better (and it is also a hell of a lot more expensive), but more effective after two years of taking tamoxifen. I do understand your view on this all, but I think that science has got us this far, so I think I will go along with what my oncologist thinks is right for me. Feel free if you want to email me privately.  (Oct 4, 2007 | post #20)

Arimidex Withdrawal Symptoms

Dear Virginia (Arkansas), I'm sorry that I went on about the fact that I was a bit shocked about having to carry on with arimidex, while you actually wanted to have more and wasn't allowed by your doctor. I suppose everybody reacts differently on certain medication. So, I'm sorry. Trijnie  (Sep 20, 2007 | post #17)

Arimidex Withdrawal Symptoms

I've just spoken to my breastcancer care nurse and she said that from several researches it was found that some women do benefit from an extra five years of arimidex. Something I somehow could have guessed, but although I had the all-clear last Tuesday I do not have that all-clear-feeling now that I have to carry on with the tablets. So, although it will give me more security - and I should be and am grateful for it - I'm not looking forward to having to have all those shitty side-effects. But hey, what am I moaning about! I'm alive!!!!!  (Sep 20, 2007 | post #16)