Tomorrow I will hear the results of my blood work. I want to know if I've been tested for metabolizing Tamoxifen to endoxifen or if I will be. Questions like that probably give doctors a headache. And what about the thyroid test I suggested--was low thyroid responsible for how terribly cold I got last winter?
So many symptoms and so few as to which are old age and arthritis, and which are Tamoxifen. I've had mysterious pains that went away after a few days. The most severe felt like being stabbed in my left shoulder, and I regret agreeing to an X-ray for that pain. It never happened again, though my shoulders do ache at times.
Muscle pain or nerve pain: My right forearm was hurt closing a car door two years ago, and that same sharp pain along the forearm came back for a couple of days recently - then stopped.
A much younger friend of mine who takes Arimidex has a couple of symptoms very similar to mine - the foot pains with arthritis symptoms, and the waves of scary fatigue are so similar to hers - but hers seem to be worse. In fact her symptoms over the past year make me more scared of Arimidex.
This is all summed up by what I know some other women say: the worry is not knowing if a problem is Tamoxifen or something else.
He put me on a three-month visit schedule as soon as I mentioned depression, and that's one of the problems that may just be from my situation - the fact that time's passing and I haven't found work in this area? Or the fact that I have so many doctors and so many health problems unsolved?
Bottom line: I like this doctor and he's more patient than his schedule probably tells him to be.