• Arimidex and rheumatoid arthritis

    Asked by grandmajean5 on Monday, March 18, 2013

    Arimidex and rheumatoid arthritis

    Tomorrow is my last dose of radiation (hooray!) and on the 25th I start taking Arimidex. I've read a lot of answers about taking this and some have no side effects but a lot of you seem to have joint pain. I have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and both wrists are bad. My RA medication gets rid of almost all the pain but I wondered if anyone knows if the joint pain is worse on Arimidex if you have RA.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I don't have RA but I do have osteo arthritis. I've been taking anastrozole (generic of Arimidex) for about 9 months. I take meloxicam for my arthritis pain. The joint pain I have from anastrozole is very different from my arthritis pain. The anastrozole cause more of a joint stiffness, especially in the hips, and more so at night when I am in bed and not moving around. It wakes me up several times during the night and I have to change position, but then I am able to go right back to sleep again. I'm stiff in the mornings when I first get up, but after I've been up and showered, fed the cats, made the coffee, etc. it is fine. I take Tylenol PM for the joint stiffness and it does seem to help some. In my case, the joint pain from osteo arthritis and the joint stiffness from anastrozole don't seem to feed each other, they are still pretty much separate and distinct.

      over 3 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Yay you finished! I did chemo & radiation & was then put on Arimidex too. I have Fibromyalgia and some arthritis in my neck and back. I noticed a lot of stiffness and pain in my hands and feet after a few months. After 6 months I switched to Aromasin and felt a bit better but it got worse after about a year so I switched to Femara (generic). Somewhat better, but I guess I will live with it. Like nancyjac said, if we can make ourselves get moving, it really helps. Sometimes I am not sure if my pain and stiffness is from Fibro or meds, but exercise helps both. I am going to stick with the AI because I want to know I did all I could to keep cancer at bay. I hope you will be one of the people who doesn't have side effects! Remember there are 3 to choose from if you need another choice. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Congrats on reaching the end of radiation. Speak with your oncology team about how to manage joint pain and your RA while on Arimidex. I know that some chemo can cause joint and/or muscle pain - which is what I am experiencing at this point. I take Tylenol extra strength as needed, I also as percocet for really bad moments. The bottom line is each person reacts differently to chemo, and not all side effects are known, especially the interaction between medications some of us are on to treat other aliments.

      Monitor yourself - you know your body best and call your team if you have any questions.

      over 3 years ago

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