Hi it is probably the letrozole that is causing your achey legs, knees and back. You seem to have been very fit before this so don't think its and age thing.
It's really annoying when you are used to exercising and can't do it because of the side effects of tablets.
I have a friend who is on letrozole she has been lucky and has no joint pain but she did say it is a side effect of the tablets.
Glad you have got your painkillers tweaked. Hopefully it will do the trick for you.
Have a happy christmas.
Thanks Bev12 for your answer. Yes it is a good site and I am sure that just talking to others who are going through similar experiences will help me.
Hope you have a Happy Christmas too.
Take care and thanks for your help. x
I have attached a link to our booklet on Complementary Therapies (which has a section about some herbal remedies) as it may be helpful:
Very best wishes
I just joined the forum yesterday. I was diagnosed with BC on 4th Sept last year. Had lumpectomy and lymph nodes removed followed by chemo and radio. I had a hard time with the chemo and an even harder time with the radio but finished both treatments and am now on Tamoxifen. To start with I was ok but eight months down the line I have a lot of back pain - which prevents me from doing quite a lot of things. I get very down about it because before all this I was out running and was fit and healthy. I am struggling very much at times because I feel I will never get back to where I want to be. I have also noticed over the last month or so that my hair is thinning quite a bit. Does anyone else suffer this as a result of the Tamoxofen?
I worry about everything now.
Hiya Bev ,
Its Tracy here popping in to say Hello and reassure you that it is fine to take most prescription drugs with Tamoxifen and your GP would know all the antidepressants that could interact with the Tamoxifen. I take my Tamoxifen in the morning , along with Omeprazole for Barretts Oesphagus and then I take my Sertraline in the evening. I dont think it really matters what time of day you take the drugs. The herbal remedies that some ladies take for Menopausal symptons do actually reduce the effect of the Tamoxifen , the ones like Black Cohosh, Evening Primrose and of course we cannot take HRT.
I hope this helps you a bit Bev . Are you pre or post menopausal ? The Chemo sent me into an early menopause which made me feel dreadful, then when I started on the Tamoxifen I felt even worse. this is why I know I will take the Sertraline whilst ever I take the Tamoxifen which is hopefully saving my life. My husband usually asks me very night ..." have you taken your tablet " ...I know he is fearful that I will become ill again , as of course anxiety affects the whole family.
Try and stay calm Bev. Do some deep breathing and get out into the fresh air every day. Put on your favourite music and sing , it makes you feel a bit better. Keep yourself busy and keep letting us all know how you feel. We do understand and we are willing you to get better.
Lots of love Tracy xxx
I am sorry you are having this worry. I assume your GP knows you are having Herceptin and Tamoxifen, so would be careful to only prescribe drugs that are compatible with that treatment. If you would like more reassurance (and who wouldn't) either ring the free helpline on here, or ring your BCN and ask her. Failing that, when you see your oncologist next or the nurse that gives you your Herceptin, ask them. Any or all of these will be able to put your mind at rest.