• After Chemo was completed, did you experience more pain and side effects than when you were going thru Chemo?

    Asked by DarleneDavis on Friday, September 14, 2012

    After Chemo was completed, did you experience more pain and side effects than when you were going thru Chemo?

    I have experienced severe pain in my hands. I can't get around very well because of the pain in my hips and other joints.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Well yes and no. During chemo we are generally very focused on the less suble side effects that occur very predictably with each cycle....stuff like nausea, diarrhea, and other stuff that demands your attention whether you want it to or not. So some of the side effects that tent to be cumulative don't get noticed as much until you have finished with chemo. But there are lots of what are called delayed side effects that can crop up months or even years after chemo such as peripheral neuopathy, and lymphodema.

      about 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I'm with nancyjac on this one. I had a whole gamut of side effects while I was going through chemo. I just went from treatment to treatment trying to handle the side effects and possibly off-set or lessen the intensity, and also predict when I'd have my good days and bad days so I could keep on living as best as I could. My mantra at the time was, "Ya gotta do whatcha gotta do."

      A year later, my mantra is now, "It ain't over when it's over." Unfortunately, I have a lot of damage from the chemo and am struggling with the delayed side effects. I just keep reminding myself, however, that I am alive and cancer-free and that is ultimately what is most important. If this is the new me, then so be it. It's frustrating, but I keep reminding myself of the alternative and it helps me deal with my whole new set of physical ailments. Anything is better than being on chemo!

      about 4 years ago
    • PASE's Avatar

      Yes yes yes yes. My side effects suh as peeling skin, toe nail pops, bone pain, shooting pains, joint in hips etc.... are far worst and I am 5 months past chemo. I had a bone scan done because I was in so much pain I could not sleep. Now I am taking diferent drugs that help a lot.

      about 4 years ago

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