Would appreciate your thoughts
As of Sept I had been on Tamoxifen for about 1 1/2 yrs. The side effects were growing and the worse one was a problem with my eyes. Very dry and sore with lots of fatigue. Drops were very limited in their usefulness and so I wouldn't use them half the time. I decided to get my cyp2D6 gene checked and found out I had a faulty gene and wasn't fully metabolizing the drug. I was convinced Tamoxifen was the culprit since there was improvement when I went off of it.
I've been off the Tamoxifen since Sept 23 and my eyes are improving however quite slowly.
Now they want to put me on an AI with Zometa (I have osteo).
I have a proven sensitivity to meds and frequently have to cut back on the dosage. I don't mind taking it but if it is going to be disabling then I've got a problem. Presently I am working 3 - 1/2 days cause my eyes have been too sore to increase my hours. Sometimes I shouldn't even do that. Added to that my employer under contract can post my position which may happen soon.
I'm a Pharmacy Technician at our local hospital. And it's busy there.
Now they have been really really good to me, however the time has come and unfortunately my body isn't ready.
If I take the AI with Zometa and have no problems, that's wonderful. Chance of that happening is very low. I know I should try it before saying anything but I already have some joint problems and once the zometa is in your veins, there's no coming out. So I am scared.
If I take it and have problems and get laid up or can't increase to full time, I may lose my job. My job is the only reason we moved up here to this small town.
Can't believe I may have to lose my job in order to save my life!! That's how I see it. Am I just panicking? Is this how you see it? Maybe my perception is
The only other thing I can think of is taking a low dose Tamoxifen and add Flax seed to it as it acts as an aromatase inhibitor. I don't think my onc will go for that............too far out of the box for most of them.
Would appreciate any thoughts you may have on this and sorry if this got lengthy.
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