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Just took my last Aromasin!!

Josie21
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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
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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

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

 

Vicki Sam

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

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SIROD
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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

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yippee

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VickiSam
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as well as information. 

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

Strength, Courage and HOPE for a Cure.

Vicki Sam

 

Josie21
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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

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