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    Anyone have injuries on Anastrozole?

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      Pinklady521

      Shoulder surgery, left knee replacement, left carpal tunnel surgery, fractured scaphoid, osteoporosis, fractured vertebrae in spine, and waiting for results of a recent MRI of my right knee to determine if surgery is the option or just a cortisone shot.

      MRI of the spine is scheduled for 10/24.

      But, my mantra is I don't have cancer anymore and don't want a recurrence so I will try to cope with the pains, surgeries, etc. from Arimidex. My surgeon and oncologist agree that I should continue to taking it and I had my mastectomy in 2008. I was stage III A and don't want it ever again.

      2 months ago
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      Judytjab, my oncologist at Sloan said they don't do that test. I am going to follow up with another place, though.

      2 months ago
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      I've been anastrozole for the past 3+ years and have minimal side effects. I have some joint pain (just first thing in the morning) and have a herniated neck disc that sometimes affects the nerve leading to my left shoulder, but I can't say for sure those have been caused by the medication - and neither can my oncologist. Coincidences? What are your calcium and vitamin D levels? The medication works on the bones so we all need extra for both of those.

      2 months ago
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    Good for you for finding this so early! As a breast cancer survivor (6 years ago) diagnosed about the same age as you, my advice is to 1). Get a second opinion from a world class cancer center (the Susan Love book has a list). This seems like a pain, but it is always worth it. As much as I trusted my doctors, the cancer center (Sloan in NYC) visit resulted in a different surgery (lesser) and I couldn't be happier. As simple as my cancer looked (stage one, no lymph nodes, low grade slow grower, the Oncotype test showed I would benefit from chemo as well as lumpectomy/radiation, (followed, as you'll likely be, by AI therapy for 5-10 years). I was happy to be at the best place going through all that. 2). Not all chemo is equal. I was pleasantly surprised at how good I felt. I worked out, worked, etc., until radiation, when I decided to take a little time off. Chemo today is tolerable. 3). Keep reading! Remember that online sites have comments by regular people, not doctors, so be careful not to believe everything. Check with your doctor and research legit places (Mayo Clinic, Armstrong site, Susan Love), journal articles). And good luck!

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