Oct 27, 2012 - 7:32 pm
It has been a while since I have been on here and very lucky to be here. I have some information on Arimidex and blood clots. On Sept. 21st I went to see my oncologist cause I wasn't feeling good. I thought I had a bad cold and flu. I was weak, had a hard time breathing and my ankles and legs were swollen so I was admitted into the hospital. When I arrived at the ER at noon, long story, I woke up at 2:10 AM being taken to the back. I remember the clock and the bed. Next thing I knew when I woke up, I sent my family home cause they have their own family to take care of, my sister was standing by the bed crying. I ask her what was the matter and she told me that I am very, very sick. I reach for her arm and smiled at her and told her it was okay cause I am a warrior cause I made it through chemo and everything else and that I will make it through this. That was the last thing that I remembered. When I woke up again they were taking me to the Cardiology ICU. One of the cardiologist even shook my hand and said he wanted to be the first to shake my hand cause he didn't think I was going to make it. Confused and not knowing what was going on and on heavy duty medication family were coming in from Colorado and other parts of Texas. Here is what I was told. I had a congestive heart failure, pneumonia and blood clots (DVT - Deep Venous Thrombosis) in the legs and it traveled to my lungs and two clots in my heart. One of them was a size of a golf ball. I was also told that if it moved and cover the valve it would kill me. If a piece of the clot travel to my brain I could have a stroke or if they had to do CPR I could be a vegetable. What cause it? As we know the chemo infusion we have is hard on the heart. Since I was diagnose with the rare and aggressive breast cancer I was treated with aggressive chemo. That is what did the heart damage. The blood clots is one of the side effect cause by Arimidex that I am taking and yes I am still taking it cause it is the only pill that is strong enough to help fight the cancer from coming back. I am sharing this with you so if you have any family history of health problems please talk to your doctor about it and what is the side effect it would cause for your health. I am very happy to say that with my heart functioning at 25% I am going to Heart PT and feeling better everyday. Mine and my cardiologist goal is to get my heart functioning at 45%. So my sisters and brothers who are taking Arimidex and your ankles and legs start to swell please call your doctor ASAP and elevate your legs till the swelling goes down or what ever your doctor tells you what to do.
God Bless you all and love ya,