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    Arimidex (Anastrozole)- plantar fasciitis, a side effect?

    Asked by jad on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    Arimidex (Anastrozole)- plantar fasciitis, a side effect?

    I want to make the recent Arimidex (Anastrozole) side effects discussion more specific. Is there a relationship between the drug and plantar fasciitis (pf). I've experienced the carpal tunnel-tendonitis side effect but only to a very small and manageable degree .

    However, it's the pf that plagues me now. My oncologist tells me there is no relationship between the drug and the pf. But drug reactions are so individual I'm convinced there is a relationship in my case. Yes, I'm taking care of it (PT, exercises) but I hate that it interferes with the one exercise I enjoy and try to do a lot of.

    Possibly, I have simply "over-walked". But I was wondering if anyone else on Arimidex (Anastrozole) has had the plantar fasciitis problem.

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    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I had planta fascitis before I was diagnosed with cancer, but it takes a long time to go away. I also notice that if I walk barefoot or with shoes with no support, it recurrs. So, I bought good water shoes for swimming, and I wear a good flip flop around the house, instead of slippers. It seems to happen more with age and weight.

      over 6 years ago
    • DYTYBR's Avatar
      DYTYBR

      I am on Tamoxifen and 2 years out from chemo and just recently started having issues with PF. I was referred to a podiatrist and was told also it's not related to current treatment. My mind says differently too.

      over 6 years ago
    • pj1955's Avatar
      pj1955

      I had that before Chemo.It takes a long time to get better. For me it was for 4 years. The shots are painful but in my case worth it. Occasionally it will flare up when I have been on my feet a lot.

      over 6 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar
      CAL

      I also developed PF long before cancer and chemo. I started wearing arch supports in my shoes and now wear primarilly Birkenstock or that type of shoe which has a arch support. I even buy birkenstock sandals (when my local store has their annual sale) to wear as house slippers and only rarely walk barefoot. It took a while to resolve (don't remember for sure as it was a long time ago) and I honestly haven't had any problems since so I don't change my routine except for very special occasions. I remember rigging up a pair of socks to wear at night that would also keep my foot in a flexed up position (You can buy these devices but I was too cheap to do it and I love rigging up my own). That helped also. You are right about it not being fun and it definitely makes it hard to walk at a time when you need to be walking. I am sorry. You might check with the podiatrist about inserts. I got mine at my local Birkenstock store.

      over 6 years ago
    • Shammy's Avatar
      Shammy

      I have both too. Definitely related. Of course, they say it isn't. So many women have it. Coincidence? I think not. PF took a year to go away and now is coming back. Tendinitis started in left hand very severly and has now moved to right hand. Good luck.

      over 6 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar
      Kathy1

      I have had severe tendonitis since being on it. As well as other side effects. Going to the doctor right now to sort it out. I'm really starting to worry if I am a good candidate for these blockers. Some seem to be able to take with very little problems. I have developed severe migraines and my blood pressure has skyrocketed. I've had low blood pressure until I started these. starting to wonder if I avoid cancer taking these but die of a stroke!

      over 6 years ago
    • grandmaof2's Avatar
      grandmaof2

      I had heel spurs and PF long before my cancer surgery as well. I had exercises to do and I have orthotics to wear in my shoes and they do help. Lately it has been getting worse. Tendonitis in my left wrist started soon after I started Aromasin. Now it is flaring up in the right wrist as well. I do think that all of this is related to the medication, but the doctor says "no" of course. Sorry for your pain, but at least now I know I'm not alone in my thinking. Good luck!

      over 6 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      I had it as well in my left foot and now am showing a problem with my right wrist. I do think the AI inhibitor drugs can be a factor. I know the docs don't always admit it. Also, you know all those antibiotics we got after surgeries? Well, guess what, they finally launched a case study I heard just yesterday that states in fact that tendonitis and torn tendons (I actually had one after my DIEP surgery reconstruction on left side) can be a result of levaquin! Ha! It will all come out... that is so why I preach limiting drugs..there are always side effects of the drug! Did you perhaps get one of these type of antibiotics after surgery? So, for PF I found that massage, a good chiropractor, and taking magnesium every day helped tremendously. The left shoulder tear required PT..I couldn't even reach back to put my seat belt on without pain! Also, Ice and Aleve for a few days. Hated having to take it, but it was either that or get a shot of a steroid...and I said no way to that! Magnesium is a wonderful cure for a lot of the side effects of the AI drugs. Helps you sleep better and muscles to relax. I use on from my chiropractor by Standard Process.. all whole food ingredients and organic. I am able to do my Zumba now at least 4 x a week and jump and twist better than before! (Been on Exemestane for almost 2yrs).

      over 6 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      NO plantar fasciitis on Arimidex but horrid joint pain in knees and knuckles and carpel tunnel syndrome that was causing nerve damage. Had surgery on one wrist. When I went off the Arimidex and tried tamox, the CTS went away in other wrist. On Aromasin, I had deQuervanes tendonitis which necessitated surgery on both wrists (had other side effects as well). Hope the plantar fasciitis subsides. All the best to you

      over 6 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar
      Kathy1

      I read these and get so angry. Why is it not possible for drug companies to delivery these drugs without all these debilitating side effects. I can't believe that there are not things they can do so that women who have just been thru all the cancers treatments to now face these blockers. Something should be done.

      over 6 years ago
    • LindaAnnie's Avatar
      LindaAnnie

      I think there is a definite link of some kind. 6 months ago I started on Anastrazole and also I went to physical therapy for shoulder flexibility and to fight against cording and lymphodema, etc. (that part worked.) I had some pre-existing arthritis in my left knee. But I started getting sharp pain in my left foot. First, my pcp ordered an Xray to rule out a stress fracture - no fracture, but osteopenia. So then he diagnosed tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. Foot got worse and recently right knee developed sharp pains that feel different than the arthritis in left. My medical oncologist said to let her know if I get any bone pain (she IS aware of that as a side effect). So I see her later this week.

      over 6 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar
      Kathy1

      Funny I had bad hip and leg pain while on Exemestane. I went to my orthopod and he thought it was tendonitis. I've been off the blocker two weeks and the pain is almost gone. I really hadn't associated that pain with the blockers. There is something so wrong here. Is there anybody out there that hasn't gotten side effects? I really wonder!

      over 6 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      There is nothing out there that clinically shows these side effects and yet we all have them! I told my Onc about the discussion and she looked into it and couldn't find anything on it either. Yet she did admit she has patients with all kinds of leg pains and other problems. No one is tying it to these drugs! We have to fight it with exercise and beyond excpeptional nutrition.. I think I'm becoming a micro biologist with all the stuff I've figured out on my own LOL!

      over 6 years ago
    • Missybrca's Avatar
      Missybrca

      I developed severe plantar fasciitis about the time that I switched from tamoxifen to arimidex. I have had intensive physical therapy, dry needling, oral and topical meds and exercises. I just stopped arimidex last week after 5 year mark. My oncologist said that the arimidex did not cause the pf, but it is a contributing fact. They are finally starting to acknowledge it. My pf is atypical in that i woke up with stiff, "Frankenstein" ankles before the painful pf kicked in. I do not have the sharp pf pain in the bottom of my feet, which is the typical course. I am convinced it is related and hope for some relief now that I've stopped arimidex. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

      about 6 years ago
    • Shammy's Avatar
      Shammy

      I had both after treatment. First thumb and wrist then PF. This is not a coincidence that so many people have these side effects. I am sore all over and some days are good and some are not. I have neuropathy in my hands, legs and feet that is very debilitating. Chemo and rads does a number on the cancer but also on your body and mind. I just keep saying I'm alive and "it is what it is".

      about 6 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      I've had carpal tunnel syndrome for about 25 years and it has worsened considerably with Arimidex. My oncologist confirmed that this can happen. Since PF also involves inflammation, it wouldn't surprise me if Arimidex played a role in that as well.

      about 6 years ago
    • artsiecl's Avatar
      artsiecl

      I sure do believe that the anastrozole I am taking is causing my leg aches, my heel spurs both under feet and on heels. I also think that is why I now have knee problems.........I never had knee problems in my life. I did have heel spurs many, many years ago though......these drugs are really poison and they seem to poison the good parts of us too.......Also this explains my hair loss, thinning of my nails, and loss of eyebrows partly. Also memory fading fast too........is it worth it, I keep asking myself........I am looking into taking more minerals since we are mineral diffident now and so are our soils where the food is grown. A plant can form with only 3 minerals, but we need all 80 minerals even though some are trace minerals. Hope all of you learn a better way to survive as well. I am studying everything I can find, but this complex stuff came after taking anastrozole.

      about 3 years ago

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