• GregP_WN's Avatar

    GregP_WN asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    Have any of you had side effects that your doctor couldn't get a handle on?

    8 answers
    • bdm0911's Avatar

      Bengal- I am now 40 years old, diagnosed age 34. I have had chronic fatigue the entire time yet regularly exercise and practice yoga. Although I don't find myself with more energy, I do enjoy the exercise. The fatigue is REAL and evidently if you don't personally experience it, it doesn't exist as far as some doctors are concerned....

      2 months ago
    • Molly72's Avatar

      I have really bad, very low back pain since the cancers.
      Have had all the tests, all the therapies, all the pills and out-patient shots & minor nerve abalations or whatever they are called, but still the doctors can't put their finger on it.
      Yoga, and stretching and warm water and ice and CBD products-- nada! Relief for a few minutes can be found by the stinky creams similar to Ben Gay ointment.

      Naturally, the weight has piled on as exercise/walking is not an option.
      It is really getting too expensive to go to the therapist or doctor or whatever in vain.

      2 months ago
    • RobinW's Avatar

      My oncologist prescribed Ritalin 10 mg, AM and 10 mg, Noon - it makes an amazing improvement with my severe fatigue. I still get tired early evening but I’m much more alert during the day. I think I started out with 5 mg doses. Good luck. Hopefully you will be able to give it a try!

      19 days ago
  • GregP_WN's Avatar

    GregP_WN asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    Have you been faced with deciding to go to the ER or to go to a local Urgent Care?

    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I recently went to the ER for chest pain. It was a bad case of heartburn and I was given a GI cocktail with a twist of Novocain. Ironically, they made me stay overnight because women have different symptoms. They did have an urgent care center, too, but want calls beforehand for separating COVID-19 from non-COVID-19 patients. I was taken immediately into the hospital. The cost for a one night stay of observation is drastically cheaper than a full blown emergency.
      I had high blood pressure from the stress (wonder why?).

      3 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      For me, it is pretty much a no-brainer. I have to pay $500 just to walk into the ER. If they have to admit me, it goes towards that bill, but otherwise, the hospital keeps it and still charges for the ER visit. So, I wait until the urgent care opens. As with so many things these days, the abuse of use of things makes the rest of us pay the price.

      3 months ago
    • rebelkate's Avatar

      Always urgent care. I've been going to mine long enough to trust they will triage and let me know if I need ER. Twice they have phoned the hospital and I got admitted directly so avoided the ER bill completely.

      3 months ago