I am supposed to start taking Arimidex within the next few days. Has anyone here taken it? If so, how is it going? Have you experienced any side effects? I am apprehensive about taking it. I am reading side effects like bone damage, hair loss, memory loss, weight gain, higher cholesterol rates, joint pain, depression, hot flashes, tiredness... the list goes on and on. When I talk about this to people who don't have to take it, all I hear is "You should be thankful for it, at least you won't get cancer!" Am I jumping the gun here? I am a little upset with my pathologist. I was supposed to have the oncotype dx test sent in on Nov 18. I just never heard the result. Yesterday, I asked at the oncologist office. Today, someone called me and said oops, it wasn't sent off. Sorry you will have to wait another 2 weeks. My oncologist says he is certain my score will be low and it won't hurt to start the Arimidex now. This is the third time the pathologist did a oops with my tests. I had my mastectomy on Oct 19 and I still won't know if I have to have chemo until Dec 23 or so now. I know this sounds piddly compared to what the rest of you are going through and I apologize for it. I just needed to tell someone who understands. Thanks for your support.