Hi all hope you don't mind me chipping in. I have been taking tamoxifen since end January 2015. Apart from night sweats can't say I've noticed any other side effects. I lost my hair September last year due to chemo, this has grown back thicker and had my first cut last week. No periods since August last year but put this down to chemo too. I am 53.
See my comments on the thread of ladies with weight gain etc. I suppose i was so overjoyed to not have to have chemo and lose my hair, i had short dark hair most of my life but at 60 when women "are not supposed to have longer hair"lol i thought what the hell ill grow it and i did and to cover the grey dyed it red,you cant really go back to dark brown, not flattering. Ive always loved it and the idea of losing it was very traumatic to me, So i didnt worry to much about the tamoxifen. Have to say in 4 months, apart from night sweats and odd hot flush and that seems getting better with evening primrose oil and slight pain in my thigh joint if i sit on hsrd surface too long, have noticed none, Ive never had a weight problem and still havent, still a size 8.sorry mael ive always been naturally skinnylol But honestly dont look for the side effects, Its the drug that hopefully will keep us free of this damm disease. ive never been one for side effects much i have to say, probably why i got breast cancer i was on HRT with any effects far too long.June
Ahahahah, ladies, you rock. Thank you for the positive testimonials. And yes, Kittkatt, you're right, the best way to deal with the side effects is to not go looking for them. Anyway, as soon as I am healed from the op, I am going for a healthy diet (easier said than done, but even my current diet too shabby ain't -- sadly I am a disgustingly easy keeper and have been watching my calories all my life). For the hair, my hair are a mess anyway, ultra thick and ultra dry, and since I went through an early menopause, they require more dye than a wool factory. I may even take the hard line approach, cut them short and wear a wig.
This thing is already taking its toll but I won't let it take over my life. I have a business to run, two cats to mind and much pleasure to be had still. Take care, xxxx mael
Of my current treatment plan, this is the thing that scares me most. I see a lot of people complaining of annoying side effects and vain me is mostly afraid of the weight gain. Is there someone who is on Tamoxifen and is doing well without too many side effects? And what do you do to manage the situation?