A big hello to everybody on new Treatments, Stable Mables or awaiting Scan results. I do frequently read the forum and keep up to date with everybodys ups and downs. I am just wondering if anybody has experienced a problem I am having at the minute. I am on Tamoxifen and Monthly Zometa injections and my feet are aching. When I wake up in the mornings it takes a while to be able to walk about properly and then if I sit down for any period of time during the day its the same when I get up to walk about. Once I am up and running its ok until the next time I sit down !!! Could this be due to the treatments I am on or is it just "one of those things".
I know we can still get aches and pains as normal but I do panic when something starts to ache nowadays.
Btw the blood tests for calcium levels are because Denosumab works by taking calcium out of your blood and depositing it in your bones, unlike bisphosphonates which work in a totally different way. I had it explained to me early on when I changed to it in 2013. If the calcium levels get too low you are at risk of breakages etc, AdCal is automatically prescribed to counteract this. My calcium levels have remained completely constant and in the normal range all this time although I don't take the AdCal supplements. My onc now knows not to bother prescribing them as I had to keep giving them back, I guess my diet is high enough in calcium to support this. I also was told that the calcium levels can drop dramatically and very quickly which is why the blood tests are carried out each time you are prescribed Denosumab.
Well, fingers crossed its working! The main side effect is my hair thinning dramatically but everyone else seems to get that at the beginning but it then stops falling out. I will have to wait and see. If it gets any worse I will definitely shave it off as the straggly Bobby Charlton look is not a good one! For now I have been wearing soft wide hairbands which hide the thinning on top, the back looks pretty much OK and only I know how much I have lost! The plumbers are fitting a completely new bathroom into a small bedroom that wasn't being used so I hope there aren't any leaks! However they have a habit of turning up later than expected, or not at all - what a surprise! Of course yours truly has to wait around for them and therefore is basically house bound for some if not all of the day. Very frustrating and I just hope they don't drag it out too long, I'd set aside about 10 days so I don't want them to be much longer as there are things I need to get on with. If treatment goes ahead this week, dependent on bloods, we are aiming to go away for a short break between cycles which will be very welcome I can tell you!
How lovely to have your family with you Hayeswen.I've not had anything other than Letrozole. They took the bloods so that I could have the CT scan. There not expecting to find anything but they weren't expecting to find any bone mets so will wait and see. Not seen oncologist yet. My appointment is with breast consultant. I will have to learn to be patient. Thank you for sharing your story with me - it does help. Xx
Thanks Carolyn (that's my sister's name), My scan results aren't til next Tuesday but I'll let you know how I get on. I'm a bit confused about the calcium in the blood thing. Apparently, my bloods don't show calcium but I don't understand if thats good ro bad.
I've been told that if my CT scan shows nothing else, I will probably have a biopsy on the spine mets.
Feeling a little happier now I have my special lesson planned.
Thanks Nicky, I'm sure I'll feel much better once I get results on Tuesday and know what I'm dealing with. I've always put 110% into my work and am learning (or trying) ro not stress too much. We finish for half term a week on Friday and we've booked a cottage with a hot tub in Wales for the week. I just keep telling myself to get next week over with and then relax.
I work 4 days which I've already decided to reduce to 3 in September. Was given the letrozole two weeks ago and the new pack I started on Friday is a different brand. I had problems like that with Tamoxifen so I know what you mean. I'm picking up lots of goood tips on here and support and hope I will be able to return this.
Mine was grade 2, which I was told was a 'plodder' and even the consultant was shocked to find it had metastisise. But it is what it is and life has to carry on with as positive an approach we can.
You have made me feel much better. x
Im sure the letrozole isn't helping with the tiredness, it has a lot of side effects which we have to put up with, after all it's the drug that should be kicking the little critters into touch! Different brands also seem to give extra side effects as well. I have found this out over the years as I have been on both anastrozole and letrozole at separate times of course. Certain brands gave me so many more side effects so it's worth making a nite of any different ones you get given and note down how you feel. I also think coming up to a scan, and the results, is also a very draining time. Of course you don't want to think about it but invariably you will, it's human nature I suppose. I tend not to worry about the scan itself, after all it's just a medical procedure, but results day is a different story! However over the years, and I can't count the number of scans and results I've had, I don't stress as much, especially once you get a good/stable result under your belt. I find if I have started a new treatment then I do get more stressed until I know if it's working or not. If it is I feel I relax until e next scan in 3 months or so. When I was on hormonal treatments and getting very good stability my scans were pushed out to every 6 months or so and that also helped but initially they tend to be 3 monthly or after so many cycles if you're in chemo.
The added pressure of being observed for your job can't help you either! I wasn't holding down a particularly pressurised job when i was working so can't imagine how much extra pressure you're under right now. Hope it all goes smoothly and your aches etc get better.
Nicky, thank you for those positive words. I seem to be mirroring your experience though a few years behind. I'm terrified of what the scan will show next Tuesday and every little pain and spot is being exaggerated. There, I've said it. I'm trying not to think about it but even dreamt about it on Saturday. Like you I felt like I had only a few months, but you fabulous ladies are telling me there are more positive outcomes.
Feeling very tired today and don't know if it's the letrozole, the shock or just overdone it yesterday. Frustrated that I can't walk very far without stopping to rest. I have lessons to plan and am being observed on Thursday as an example of good practice in maths teaching. This is distracting me and a boost for my confidence but feeling old and weary. Is this normal? X
Hi ladies, especially those who have just had treatment for primary BC and now faced with the worry of 'what if it comes back'. Back in 2003 when I was treated for my primary I didn't actually think it would come back, I thought I was 'cured' . Unfortunately at the time a major cancer charity was running a tv campaign telling everyone they WERE cured - rather than in remission, which is what we know these days. I'm glad I didn't spend the interim years, nearly 5, worrying about it coming back. What is the point? From what I have read, and I've read a lot about cancer and why it acts as it does, it will come back if it's the type to come back. Whether it's aggressive or, as mine was, low grade, early detection etc. There was nothing I could have done either lifestyle wise or treatments to have prevented this happening. So, like the other SBC ladies have said, I got on and lived my life and certainly didn't worry about it coming back. The real wake up call came when I was diagnosed with bone mets in 2008, I really did think I had months to live. As you can see I'm still here! Then I did make big adjustments to do the things that were/are important to me and really appreciate every day as it comes. If you can embrace that thought having just got through primary treatment that's even better, you will enjoy your lives so much more and not 'sweat the small stuff'.
FF your day sounds great and what a treat, even though it was a long journey and trip out to sea. How nice to be by (on!) the ocean, all that fresh air, and to see such lovely creatures. A few years back we had a holiday in South Africa and spent a lovely Sunday sitting on the shoreline watching a few whales playing in the bay. Which was great as I didn't need sea sickness tablets to see them ha ha.
Have a great week everyone whatever you are up to. I am still housebound as we have plumbers in, finishing off a bathroom. Don't you just hate being tied to the house all day? There's too many odd jobs looking you in the face, I'm trying to ignore them!
Very jealous FF. Sounds amazing. Glad you had such a beautiful day. X
What a lovely day FF. Well done your kids! Mother's Day is earlier in the year here. It sounds a long day, glad it was doable. Maybe seasickness prevention is a surprise se of e&e? Hope you are feeling OK
Back in April, a humpback whale visited Start Bay, our nearest bit of coast, for several days, Hundreds of people turned out to watch but then its larder moved away. Luckily it's only a 20 minute drive.
Had a beautiful day for Mother's Day. My kids took me on a whale watch off the New Jersey Coast. It is a 3 hour drive each way and was 3 hours on boat. Yeah me no sea sickness!! I've never been out without dramamine, but didn't want to take it with my new meds.My son and daughter took it and still didn't feel well. We did see one hump back whale. It was just so relaxing and gorgeous out. Plus it was something I was capable of doing! My SIL made a nice cedar planter box for me. FF
Hi Carolyn! Yeap... i tend to nap every day when I come back from work! At least 30' but today just spent 1h completely gone 😴😴😴 I blame the treatment as still (for a few more days!) in. my 30's! 😉❤️❤️
Had typed a post but it bggrd off, so was wondering..,.,,,it is so difficult to log in at present....do we think the site is cyber attacked?
hi ladies, I SO agree with Carolyn, you are very sweet to be concerned about us, but you need to move on
I was treated for my initial, poor prognosis primary in 2001..... And I too had 10/12 years NED.
Imagine how very sad it would have been to spend those years worrying about the future...I learned to sing, learned to paint, became an NLP practitioner and learned loads of other things.,,,,...try to feel blessed now, with another chance, another go at doing the stuff youve always wanted to do xxx
very best wishes,
Yes, not so much naps as sleeps! I can nod off for three hours maybe more at the dop of a hat. Always could nap but since chemo 3 1/2 yrs ago 30 mins is not enough. It plays havoc with body clock since I am frequently then wide awake till 4 am! It's v disruptive and I'm not sure how to best manage it.
Yes, Optimissy, I agree cancer can be a wake up call.I was diagnosed in 2007, having found my lump on my 50th birthday and like Carolyn, I had a long period of NED. Now, as a fluke, I've been diagnosed with secondary bone mets. Cancer taught me to look after myself, it gives you new values. I'm an optimistic person usually and once the little sods came back, I realised it is what it is and know that there are treatments out there to help. Cancer taught me that I am beautiful! It is hard to stay positive - I've just had a couple of low days but then I had them before the cancer. Try to live for the day and don't listen to th st devil on your shoulder. As Carolyn said, treatment for prime cancer has improved greatly and they are learning more and more. I like to think I'm a pioneer for treatments that one day my children will benefit from, should the need arise. X
Thanks Caroline. A very positive post. So glad to hear you have done so well for so long. I'm pretty philosophical about it all most of the time and fears do not dominate, but I think at this early stage post-treatment most of us will have the odd "what if" thoughts now and again, I doubt we'd be human if we didn't, but I certainly aim to appreciate "what is" rather than worrying about "what isn't". In an odd way, my cancer could have been a bit of a wake-up call - I've made a couple of lifestyle changes, and another will occur before the end of the year. Thank you so much for posting and best wishes for your ongoing treatment.xxxxx
Hi DJD - I'm at much the same point as you are - WLE & SLNB, radiotherapy ended Feb and now on Anastrozole. Feeling lucky that it was picked up early etc. but also sometimes have thoughts about recurrance or SBC, and wondering how I would know I had it if I felt well, as I did before diagnosis and do again now. I'm pretty sure that after treatment that is the number 1 concern we all have, and just this morning I was thinking that from now on all future plans seem a bit "provisional". Being, like you, a "glass half-full" type, I came to the conclusion that I am actually in no worse a position than I was this time last year when I had no idea I would get BC, 'cos all plans are provisional for everyone- we really could get knocked down by a bus, that old cliche, or be on that holiday flight that disappears into the sea, and lately aquaintances around my age - 60s -are dropping like flies of all sorts of horrible, non-cancer conditions, so on balance I'd rather have had mine right now. I think these thoughts we sometimes have are normal and I'm sure that over the years as we get our routine annual mammos done they will recede a bit. I guess we just have to get on and book those holidays, get that dog (in my case) and enjoy today. I suppose it's all part of that process that we have been going through. Enjoy this sunny (where I am anyway) Sunday. xxxx
Posting here as it's such an active thread! I'm just coming to the end of active treatment for E+ BC. Had mastectomy, RT and now Anastrazole. Know I'm very 'lucky' as it's the best cancer to have! My prognosis stats are excellent, so why am I so anxious about SBC? My BC was picked up at routine mammogram. I had no signs of symptoms. How will I know it's come back? Family and friends are considering me to be cured, so why do I keep mentally adding, 'for now'... I'm normally 'glass half full' person.
i agree with the others, go on your trip. Wear your flight socks and sleeve( I also have arm lymphoedema) took my o/h to oz a few years back and insited we have a walk every hour and do our excercises!
Was on a jumbo then..and at the back found a whole row of fellow travellers all doing their excercises....also took small doses of aspirin , but now on blood thinners, so cant do that, but next time will still do regular walks and drink loads of water. Xx
i hadnt had a dvt flying, but got one since, whilst on Cape....the trick is to be as mobile as poss and drink loads of water...
Best wishes, enjoy your flightxx
Bandit. Great that you are on this trial and following the guide lines.
I Googled it and it seems to have good feedback and working well.
Goodnews that it is now available on the NHS and so it should be, thank you Pfizer.
Hope all goes well, keep us informed. xxxxxxxx
Hi Bandit, Will take your advice about the socks.
I think I am panicking as I don't know how the bone cancer if going to affect me in the short/long term.
I have cancer in about 7 places down the spine and 3inch dia on my scull.
I have Lymphedema in my right arm so the the sleeve is on most of the day. It's my popeye arm, without the anchor tattoo.
Your right this we should get out and do whatever, live life to the full, but just a bit frightened at the moment.
Hi funnyface, thanks for the info.
We booked a Carribean cruise just after christmas to travel in November, before all this crap started .
It's for my hubby's 70th in November and we are due to fly from Heathrow to Miami, 8-9 hr flight.
After hearing about the DVT problems we both said we should cancel it but it's for a special birthday and he deserves it as he has been my rock. We have until August to cancel it so we will see how things go and decide then. xxxx
Crissy, Happy to hear you had some fun!! People who gets those jabs fly all the time! I woukd just make sure to move my legs around, do some stretches and don't cross them. You and your hubby need to get away! Where are you headed?
PMOL, I had my second jab on Tuesday. I had aches and pains after my first but did not know this may have been due to the jab, just thought it was all part and parcel of the cancer. Today i'm a bit achy but not as bad as the last few weeks, may do a spot of light cleaning.
I had the same set of appointments five weeks ago and it was so difficult not to think about them, but chocolate and wine helped.
Keep us informed on how they all go and have a super break with the family.
Thanks for your support and all of you for your comments, much appreciated.
Today is the first day in the last few weeks I have got up and felt normal (normal for me anyway).
Yesterday I went out with my sister and our husbands for lunch,had a few drinks and laughs, the food was good to and It's the first time in weeks I felt that the gloom has lifted.
Need advice on a couple of things please,
Can I still get my hair dyed, the cancer is in my scull ?
The Denosumab leaflet says it can cause deep vein Thrombosis. We have a long haul flight book in November. Has anyone done a long flight and was it OK, don't know if to cancel the trip for my hubby's 70th now or wait a while?
Hope you all have a good weekend and thanks for being there. xxx
Suze, Glad you got away from"C" with your friends! Makes life more bearable.
Carolyn, Mine is a yellow lab.
PMOL, First "jab" over! Yeah!!