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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/1/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been experiencing fatigue since treatment ended early 2008.  I talk to other women who have been through breast cancer treatment and get various answers as to how long their fatigue lasted.  I could not handle the hormone therapy, and am still tired, even without it.
I would like to know if anyone here noticed fatigue for longer than a year.  Even if you are functional, but notice you are just not up to par anymore.  Please tell me your age at diagnosis, what treatment you had, and how long it has been since treatment ended.  Also if you were put into menopause and if you are on either Tamoxifen or an AI. 
This is just to try to see if there are correlations between treatment experiences and longer lasting fatigue.
Thanks so much! 

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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 7/1/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I was functional, but not up to par, for about 5 years. I attribute that partly to my reconstructive surgery, as well. I was dx'ed at 36, almost 15 years ago, and hit menopause like a brick wall about after the 3rd treatment. No AI's, but I tried lots of different alternative treatments for menopausal symptoms. Just when I had given up on finding anything that worked, my onc said a study had shown Effexor to be a fairly effective alternative therapy. It was the "magic pill" for me. Getting a decent night's sleep every night did wonders for my rebound, too. In short, I think a number of factors played into my fatigue. But yes, 5 years for me.

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 7/2/2009 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Judy checking in here again on this topic. A year before I was dx with bc, in was in a life threatening auto accident. Fifteen months after the accident, just as my strength was coming back, I was dx with bc. Since then, my stamina has not returned. Before auto accident, I could go "full steam", work (sales for a 3 state territory), home, shopping, cleaning, for about 12-15 hours a day. Now, I can go at a normal pace for about 8 hours. When I actually go to work, I am unable to do anything much at home -- no energy.

I was dx at 58, 4 AC, 12 Taxol, 35 rads, Arimidex now. Finished all treatments early Oct 2005. One note, for my entire life, my thyroid had out-of-normal range T3 and T4, but TSH was always normal (condition was called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis). In 2006, had to start on Synthyroid because TSH was in the 20's.

Just finished reconstruction last week, latissimus dorsa. From start to finish three operations, took 5 months. I feel good and can function at a normal pace for about 8 hours.

I have always felt that my "spark" had diminished, but not sure now. I seem to have recovered from my last 2 operations VERY quickly so I am hoping that I will regain some of that youthful energy.

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