Despite me being on Anastozole for three years following Humphrey, Dick turned up so it was decided to change my meds.
I was quite happy with that until I read the leaflet about the chosen alternative and did not want the possibility of other nasties knocking at my door, so I contacted the breast clinic and spoke to my nurse who in turn discussed my case with my consultant when she came back off holiday.
I received a copy of a letter sent to our GP surgery before Christmas and made an appointment to see our ‘new lady doctor’ to talk about it.
Everyone respected my wishes, albeit there was some confusion as the suggested pill was well tolerated and one of the more well known post breast cancer medications. However, it was more for women who had not gone through the menopause, and as I said, reading the leaflet, basically I did not want to take it.
My GP prescribed one of the suggested alternatives in the letter, and as is always the case, Hubby researched it and we agreed the potential side effects were more ‘acceptable’.
In readiness though, I stayed on Anastrozole for two weeks and monitored my weight, BP and pulse every day.
I have now been on Letrozole for a fortnight, and apart from hotter hot flushes and an increase in appetite, so far, so good, though the fatigue is hitting me again.
We are trying to build up my stamina though by more frequent walks and playing darts at home every day again.
Hubby had designed a spreadsheet for himself for similar analysis, so we used that as a template and I have filled in my own data accordingly.
Since my op, my weight had increased, though I am still within the target parameters allowed. The good news is that since December 23rd, it has only fluctuated by a pound regardless of which medication I’m taking.
My BP is also pretty stable, with my average figures being Systolic 128, Diastolic 72 and pulse 62.
Of course it is still early days, but apart from the fatigue, I think I’m coping pretty well and not ‘suffering’ too much.