Tamoxifen question

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   Posted 4/6/2007 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I just began my tamoxifen treatments - well, 10 days ago now.
Other than the first day of having my first ever hot flash (I'm 40), I haven't had any other side effects.
Are side effects something that come on over time? I suppose that's a dumb question, because everyone is different. I just expected things to be worse.
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   Posted 4/6/2007 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
You say treatments, but I'm assuming you mean the pills. I have been on it for a year and I have the hot flashes. My bones get a little achy if I sit around to long then get up and walk. One of the side effects is/could be hair loss. My eyebrows never came back after chemo, and my armpit hairs and leg hairs go through spurts of growing fast sometimes, then slow.  I finished my chemo in 12/05.
And no question is dumb. :-)

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   Posted 4/6/2007 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
She's right, no question is dumb. :)

You are right, we're all different. I had virtually no side effects, while others get intolerable ones. Most are somewhere in between. I took it from age 31-36 and gained a good 20#, and much to my dismay, the pounds have stayed around...granted, my diet is not right for weight loss, but I hoped they would fall off. I do wonder about hair changes, I think I had a little less curl in my naturally curly hair, but I had all my leg hair, no slow down in that growth!

Some side effects may be immediate and others may be gradual. I escaped the hot flashes too, my onc said the under 40 group had the advantage as far as that went.

Take it as a good sign that you feel ok, don't assume it will get worse, but be aware that it could change...

And hang in there!

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   Posted 4/11/2007 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your responses.

It's so funny how the smallest things can become so big...I feel silly now worried about a side effect I'm NOT having!!

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