• arimidex

    Asked by happygirl on Saturday, March 23, 2013


    I am during radiation for six week then put on arimidex. I am deciding whether to go on it or do alternate healing with orgainic veg. herbs and no meat etc. My recurrence risk is 12%. But what I have read on side effects I don't want this. Has anyone not done arimidex and how long has it been? I also have fibromyalgia and already suffer from muscle pain and fatique so what kind of life would I have with my husband If I could no longer do much of anything. I am postmenopausal and er & pr positive.

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Hugs. I totally understand why you don't want to have treatment. I too am a big believer in alternate healing and organic food, etc, I consider them part and parcel of my treatment plan, not instead of my chemo.

      That said the decision is yours to make, but I would encourage you to be treated with arimidex. All cancer drugs have lists and lists of horrific side effects, but that does not mean you will get any or all of them, or how sever you will have them.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I agree with SueRae. Do the alternative healing measures in addition to Arimidex. My treatment for b/c was TCH, and although I had side effects, I never threw up, which I consider quite an accomplishment! My onc gave me lots of steroids before chemo treatments which helped settle my stomach very well. What side effects are you most concerned about?

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I endured AI's for 3 1/2 years...I am one of the few who struggle with side effects from many meds and had more than my share on the AI's,...but that said, I know people who didn't have side effects on the AI's...it varies so much from perso to person. YOu can try the Arimidex and see how it goes....and if you have side effects that are too hard to live with, then you can stop it....but you may not have side effects.....

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I wanted to be aggressive against this evil and elusive enemy so I had a bilateral mastectomy, had chemo & radiation and I am now on Arimidex. My Oncologist told me that the Arimidex was more crucial in my treatment plan than the chemo was. Apparently, it is a powerful weapon. I have been on it since July 2012 and I am doing fine. Sometimes, I would get a little bone ache/pain in the mornings before I would get out of bed -- but once I got up and moved around, it would subside immediately -- and it is less often as time passes. The choice has to be yours but I would suggest that you at least try it. I wish you the best.

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      If I were you I would consider how you will feel if you don't take the recommended arimidex and do get a recurrence, especially one that is metastatic. Also, I'm wondering why you are considering not taking it without even trying it first. You don't know what/if side effects you will experience.

      over 3 years ago

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