I’ve been on the hormone suppressant Anastrozole for well over a month now.
It is the drug that just keeps on giving – giving many and varied side effects, that is.
I am thrilled to say that none of the side effects are debilitating; and I am so grateful for that.
No, these side effects are just unpredictable and irritating AF.
So far, at least, I don’t seem to have any of the emotional kind of side effects that I was so afraid of. I have been in the land of crying at cat food commercials and I don’t want to go back. It’s not a fun place to be; I’ll just continue with my current level of crazy, thank you very much.
But the list of known side effects for Anastrozole is long; and sometimes I feel like I’m working my way through the entire fucking list, one by one.
Today – muscle and joint aches in my right arm; major headache most of the day; stabbing pains in my left boob (where I had the surgery); and the one that just seems so strange to me – hot flashes.
I never had any menopausal symptoms. Possibly because I am a FAT old lady and fat makes estrogen – so my fat body continued to have a regular (and apparently sufficient) supply of estrogen.
I can feel a hot flash coming on (it doesn’t so much flash as sneak up behind me and throw a blanket of too much heat over me) – and I will just keep getting warmer and warmer until I turn on my little fan for a little bit. The fan does it (for which I am so grateful).
My cousin (who is my source for all things Anastrozole) said that she got hot flashes but they eventually stopped and now she’s cold all the time.
Perhaps this would be a good time to stock up on cardigans?