I am 53 years old and had a mastectomy in March 2007 with chemotherapy (adriamycin and taxotere) and 7 weeks of radiation treatment completed by December 2007. I was diagnosed with incarcinoma in situ (invasive and her2 positive)
I was informed on January 21, 2008 that I must take arimedex to prevent the cancer from returning. I have not yet done so in that I am now suffering from severe joint pain and stiffness, enough that I am awakened throughout the night.(even if I have taken the prescribed sleeping and pain medication). I am on an anti-inflammatory diet.
My doctor insists in that I am now post menopausal and he does not feel that tamoxifen would be a good replacement. He is aware of my chronic joint pain. I would like to know if there is another drug that could replace the arimedex and be as effective as I have been told.
Thank you for your comments. I did have a bone scan and an xray of a speicified area in my lower back. I am waiting for the Rheumatologist to call me with the results. I also have the arimedex prescription in my hand, but am fearful of taking it. However, I am noticing that I am going through some hormonal mood swings in this past week and am concerned that I am waiting too long to take any hormaonal treatment therapy. I read the side effects of the arimedex and it is many. Any suggestions or do you agree that I should wait to see what my rheumatologist finds in the scan and xray before I start the hormonal treatment?
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