Hi ladies, Well I have one thing to add ~ SNAP!! I also have times when I think I am finally feeling "normal" again, then BAM! back to square one again! The Chemo/Rads/Anastrozole regime went okay, within weeks of ending the hands on treatment and taking the AI's it all went pear shaped! Random aches and pains, weird feelings in my head and neck, my left elbow felt like it was broken! I had ultrasound on my neck for a lump and i think i am waiting to hear whether i need further tests. The radiologist mentioned having bone scan/xrays. I have seen a Cardio specialist about irregular heartbeat and at least i got positive feedback as he was 100% in agreement that it is treatment related and they will monitor it. Just when you think you are on the right track something else pops up! On the whole i have more pros than cons to look forward to - we want to book a holiday for next year as the kids have misssed out on so much because of me! I have decided to be semi-retired for now and enjoy spending some of my early ill health retirement pension i claimed for and was accepted for!! I had no real plans to give up my job until all this happened (at 53 i felt like i was going to be there forever!!) but i look at it as a brand new life to get on with! I also try and take it a few days at a time and not look too far forward as things can change in a minute! For the better i hope! Take Care, michele x
Caz-I know just how you feel. I finished chemo in Feb 2013. I coped ok with it and with radiotherpay. 6 months after taking Tamoxifen I started to ache, first my hip, then ribs and have also had shooting pains in my head. The pains subsided but I was left with a vague ache. Then I started to feel better. Then I started to feel worse. Just had a bone scan which is clear. I should be reassured but i still feel out of sorts with an odd sensation in my head/neck. I have also been under a great deal of stress. It is very hard to get away from what we've been through when still feeling so low. For most people it does get better and I have had blocks of time when I've felt great. So I am focusing on this for the time being. Take it one day at a time and hopefully you'll start to feel a bit more like yourself.
I'm sorry you are feeling so rubbish.
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Very best wishes