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3/25/2016I was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer at 42 (premenopausal) After two years and a half of having taken Tamoxifen I might be switched to an Aormatase Inhibitor med to prevent bc recurrence (most surely I'm chemo induced menopausal now)Side effects with Tamoxifen are hotflashes-shivers, mood swings, some insomnia, some depreession and anxiety. All of them bereable side effects somehow. I refused to take any more meds (anti-depresants) to help with these side effects though. Actually I'm an anti-med person. I hate meds. I had chemo and I hated it. I'm afraid of what side effects I might have with the new med. I've read joint/bone pain is usually an issue as well as osteoporosis (I was diagnosed with osteopenia a year and a half ago. I've been taking vitamin D+calcium supplement from about that time) What can I do to overcome my fears? What if I don't have qualitiy of life with the aromatase inhibitor? My oncologist seems to be worried about survivorship or preventing recidivas and doesn't seem to pay attention to side effects. I wouldn't wish to live like a 80s granny in my early 40s :( That won't be life.
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3/25/2016you are right that quality of life is very important. so your oncologist needs to listen to you and not be ignoring your concerns. there certainly are patients who have been switched back to tamoxifen if they find an AI no bearable.

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