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    Side Effects (Depression/Anxiety): I was surprised to learn from my jeweler that the swelling in my left arm would probably be permanent and that I should no have blood pressure checked in that arm.

    I have now been given a 14 day sample of Arimiex to see how I tolerate it. I ask what I should look for or expect and was told to read the paper taped to bottle.

    Doctor mentioned something about floating cells that he could not locate and that I have a 10% recurrence chance. What does any of this mean?

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      MarnieC

      Hi JoyceM - good question! I think your doctor means that he has recommended Arimidex for you to help with that 10% recurrence rate. If you are unclear on anything your doctor tells you, ask for another appointment and make sure you are 100% clear on everything before you leave. You have every right to do that. Also helps to take someone with you because at some point you will feel overwhelmed and another set of ears is really helpful. Re the swelling in your left arm - is it lymphedema? Did you have lymph nodes removed? It doesn't have to be permanent, there are things you can do to mitigate lymphedema. Let me know if you need more info.

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