Side Effects - TomLand

Side Effects Associated with Pancreatic Cancer. Posted on February 15, 2012 View this journey (12 Experiences)

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    As a type II diabetic for some 15 years I can say I never experienced neuropathy. If my blood sugar went low I would get a little tingling in my fingers first, kind of a warning of bad things to come. Never any other problems and never in my feet. After a few weeks of starting the Gemzar chemo treatments I started to notice problems in my toes. At first I did not know what it was. As treatments progressed so did the neuropathy and soon there was no doubt what was going on. My feet became entirely involved and it started in my fingers. It got to the point walking was painful. My oncologist wants to blame it on the diabetes however there is no doubt in my mind it is a direct byproduct of the chemotherapy. The first treatment was Amitriptiline (Sp) which provided a good night's sleep and some lessening of the neuropathy but the improvement would end around mid-day. I have recently switched to Lyrica with better results. It does not have the increase in drowsiness effect but has improved and longer lasting reduction in the neuropathy.

    Non-related to the neuropathy but also a quality of life impacting development has been swelling (edema) primarily in my feet and legs. It became quite severs pretty quickly and at its' peak severely impacted my ability to walk. A combination of a Furosemide (a water pill), elevating my feet at night and good quality support stockings have greatly reduced the swelling.

    I think as long as the Gemzar chemotherapy continues these side effects will continue to be a part of my life. I will continue to work with my Docs (the Oncologist likes to refer 'side-effects' to my primary care physician) to improve treatment results. The Oncologist says such symptoms occur in only about 3% of patients on Gemzar - guess I am one of those lucky 3%.

    almost 9 years ago

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