Mar 20, 2013 - 8:48 pm
I have been taking anastrozole for 14 months now. I did not want to take it because of the posts about all the side effects. I have had a few, but honestly, I do not know if they are caused by the drug. I do have knee and hip pain at times. I also have gained weight, but I have gained weight before I ever took drugs and I haven't been all that diligent about watching my caloric intake. I do not sleep well, but never have. I think that these problems were excasserbated by anastrozole, but not the cause. I am concerned about the long term effects to my bones so I am taking bone food powder and collagen powder. I play tennis 4 times a week to keep joints fluid and do stretching. I have also found that when I get tightness in muscles a foam roller helps. It gives you a massage and loosens up the muscles and tendons. If you do not know what a foam roller is you can find out on the internet. They even have videos explaining how to use it. I also take an Aleve the night before I have a tennis match and I wake up feeling no pain. I don't like being on this drug as my blood pressure did go up and I did gain weight, but I am trying to stick it out. My onc says that if I take it for 5 years, it will give me 15 years of protection. Hope she is right. By those totals, I am protected until 80. Take care and hope this helps someone.