CSN Login
Members Online: 8

Just took my last Aromasin!!

Josie21
Posts: 349
Joined: Nov 2012

Hi Everyone.  I am happy to say that I just took my last Aromasin.  I took tamoxifen for 2 and a half years and then after my hysterectomy I took aromasin to complete my five years.  I am excited, yet scared to death.  Although I hate the joint pain, hot flashes, and the overall feeling of being 20 years older than what I am, it gave me a feeling of security.  Now I think I am happy and a nervous wreck at the same time.  I am so grateful for this drug and I trust my oncologist telling me that 5 years is enough.   Does anyone know how long it takes for some of the side effects to go away?  I have very bad trigger finger from aromasin, does that ever go away?  Thanks in advance and I hope we all have a Healthy, Happy New Year!!

Hugs,

Ginny

disneyfan2008
Posts: 5385
Joined: Oct 2010

congrats on finishing up meds...one more step over!

I was on tamoxifen for a full 5 yrs even post hysterectomy. SO no advice on the side effects.

 

I am sure others here will have helpful suggestions or thoughts.

Denise

VickiSam's picture
VickiSam
Posts: 8272
Joined: Aug 2009

with experience posts information ==== I have no experience to help you out with.   Sending gentle hugs, positive thoughts and prayers your way.

 

Vicki Sam

carkris's picture
carkris
Posts: 4523
Joined: Aug 2009

Congratulations, I think in time that you dont feel yucky from side effects will give you confidence in your health!

SIROD's picture
SIROD
Posts: 2177
Joined: Jun 2010

I never used Aromasin but I did use Arimidex and Femara which are all sort of "kissing cousins" drugs.  When on Femara, I took mini breaks to see if the pain in my knees where from the drug or something else.  I was off 6 weeks and about the 4th week, the pain went away.  Once I began the drug again, the pain came back in and around the 4th week.

I was barely able to get up while on Femara after sitting a while.  Now (on chemo) I have no problem getting up.

Hope this answers your question.

There has been a lot of talk about extending AI's or Tamoxifen for an extra 5 years, doing 10 years of the drug.  I know with the pain of hormonal drugs one hates to think of 5 more years using the drug.  Is there another oncologist that you might see for a 2nd opinion.  

At any rate, good luck to you,

Doris

disneyfan2008
Posts: 5385
Joined: Oct 2010

yippee

VickiSam's picture
VickiSam
Posts: 8272
Joined: Aug 2009

as well as information. 

Josie - Please update us on your progress, when possible.

Strength, Courage and HOPE for a Cure.

Vicki Sam

 

Josie21
Posts: 349
Joined: Nov 2012

Thanks everyone for your replies.  I really appreciate it.  I am thinking of having surgery for the trigger finger because it bothers me so much.  I am so ready to move on and truly enjoy life again.  I was thinking about getting a second opinion Doris, but my husband and I decided not to.  I want my life back.  I am a very athletic person and I want to be happy and enjoy the things I used to love.  I truly believe that moving on and feeling in shape again is my best way to stop this horrible disease from coming back.  I really, really hope so!!  Thanks again everyone.

Hugs,

Ginny

Subscribe with RSS
About Cancer Society

The content on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions.

Copyright 2000-2014 © Cancer Survivors Network