Just a reminder for the oldies, and maybe new info the newer members! Go to http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=2 once each day and click on the button to donate free mammograms for those who can't afford one. It's free, and the sponsors of the site donate one free mammogram for every so many clicks. Of course, the hope is that you'll purchase items from the sponsors, but no need to, just click and you are counted. It only takes a second. Across the top of the page there are also tabs to other causes where you can click to donate things like pet food for shelter animals, books for kids, food for world hunger, etc. I usually go across the top and click on each one, and it takes less than a minute. What an easy way to give! One click is a mere drop in the bucket, but if everyone on the net did so each day imagine how it would add up!
I took Arimidex for the recommended 5 years without any significant problems. My doctor said the Arimidex is drug of choice over Tamoxifen for post menopausal women. At that time expense was considered a factor as the Arimidex was brand name only and very expensive. Now there is a generic version so that is no longer a problem.
Everyone has different side effects, but mine were some joint pain, mostly in my fingers and a bit in one shoulder, some mild hot flashes--even felt good since I'm cold most of the time!, and a slight decrease in bone density, but since my bones were good to start with it wasn't enough to go on medication for that.
Good luck to your mom. Let us know how she's doing.
Sorry to hear of your problems! I know the one sidedness seems weird, but I too had shoulder pain in only one shoulder while on Arimidex. Mine wasn't nearly as bad as yours, mostly discomfort at night when I'd try to get comfortable in bed, intermitent, and nothing I couldn't live with. Hope you find some relief soon!
I can't add anything to what the others have already said, but want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sure hope you can get an answer as to what they are soon. I'm with you, I would sure want to know for sure!
Sorry to hear you are dealing with this concern. We all know what it's like after a cancer diagnosis every ache or pain causes a concern that it's cancer again. I really have no expert knowledge, but I think any of your questions could be answered yes! It could be any of the above. We all say "when in doubt, check it out". A call to your doc would be reasonable. Also watching it for a few days might be ok if it's not causing you too much discomfort. If it is very uncomfortable you may want to have it looked at right away so it can be treated to relieve the pain.
Hopefully it won't take that long, but hang in there, and do remember to breathe! Hope you can plan something fun and distracting for the holiday weekend to help take your mind off things for at least an hour or two at a time. We all know how hard that is! Hoping and praying for good results.