Its nothing compared to the bone pains, fatigue and sometimes waking up and not being able to get out of bed because of bone and joint pains. Tamoxifen side effects can hit BC survivors worse who are pre-menopausal.
It's not a self-fulfilling prophecy because my oncologist and I didn't know if it was from tamoxifen until I was allowed to temporarily stop for two weeks. Two weeks, that's all the break I could get. Of course it's up to me if I will take my medication again and live the next five years with severe bone pains, exploding hot flashes that feel like being on fire from head to toe, confusion and difficulty concentrating, lack of libido, fatigue on top of fatigue from running after an active toddler, menopausal symptoms and not being allowed to have a child until hormone treatment is over.
I don't want to be part of the statistics that stopped their medication to alleviate the life-affecting and debilitating side effects. USA today and the American society of Clinical Oncologists reported that Half of Breast Cancer patients stop taking hormone drug But I also don't want to suffer for five years. A survivor's body has been a battlefield, from battery of tests to diagnose, to surgeries, to chemotherapy, to radiation and now the side effects of drug treatment. But diagnostic tests, surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation are all time-limited. You see the light of each tunnel and there are options given to ease the side effects. Five years to live with pains seems too long.
I wish there was a way to alleviate the severe side effects among young women to help us adhere to the treatment long enough to finish it. The side effects are not just a list on the drug label. Its real and I experience it.