• Anyone experience chemo withdrawal both mentally & physically?

    Asked by oceanblue24 on Friday, June 29, 2012

    Anyone experience chemo withdrawal both mentally & physically?

    This is probably odd but I definitly feel some withdrawal. The mental part is missing the one on one TLC I recieved from the great nurses once a week for a few hrs. I had a port so no physical pain there & I just got to sit back & relax. I also miss the the steroid rush I got for maybe 2 days after the treatment day. I felt upbeat & had energy. I had hard chemo for 2 months & not as bad chemo for 3 months. Usually by the 3rd or 4th day I started to slide downward.
    The physical part is I now have been experiencing some feet swelling (could be the heat here?) & the depression & down moods. I start radiation next week & the nurses there are very nice but I can't help feeling it's more of an in & out, not much interaction type of treatment. Am I wierd or do others feel this way!! Blessings to all!!! Sandy

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    • car092360's Avatar

      I think it's a common feeling. I felt the same way (but am getting over it)...it was the same at work too. People always asked how I was doing, and if I needed anything...they still ask but I think they are hoping it's all over lol...me too! I'm 3 mths from my last chemo treatment and the comments I now get are "Oooh I LOVE your haircut!"...umm...it just grew in this way...I combed it...that's IT! Best of luck! Carla

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      oh my gosh i totally miss some of those fantastically wonderful and sweet chemo nurses.... in fact, i have gone back to visit them a time or two. PLUS - i have a friend who's doing chemo right now, so i get to see them when i go join her in the infusion wing.

      what's cool is that i get to see them - they hug me - and so on... but no one stabs me! and no poison is pumped into my body! yay! so, it's total win win.... i think it brings them a bit of joy to see their former patients on the up and up, and they share that energy very generously.

      so, here's my idea... do you have time to volunteer in the infusion room - for people who have to go alone? or can you make some treats for the nurses? or can you just swing by the infusion wing sometime when you have an appointment anyway? just go see them for a few minutes (of course - they'll be busy... but hugs only take a half a minute....).

      it's really done my psyche some good to do the above. i missed the tlc terribly... but now i do not. i hope to ONLY return to the infusion room as a visitor!

      best wishes and good luck

      over 4 years ago
    • Rose's Avatar

      No! Not at all! lol But, I do understand what you mean by the attention form the chemo nurses and the slight energy boost (for me) by the steroids. I'd feel good for 1 1/2 to 2 days afterward, then I'd start to drag. As for the attention from the chemo nursen it seems like it would be so easy for them to make a get-together support that's similar to the chemo treatment sessions. For me it was sad with the chemo treatments because I didn't always see the same people at each treatment. I was able to chit-chat with a few, but only for that one or two treatments. I had to change my treatment date a couple of times and so that threw off my chances of having another buddy chat with the same person.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Heck no...there is nothing I miss about chemo. The travel and traffic to the chemo center, sitting in a chair for hours, knowing in a couple of days I was going to feel like XXX, feeling like XXX for several days...don't miss any of that. I'm still getting herceptin infusions every 3 weeks so I still have to deal with the travel and traffic but none of that other stuff. I have 5 more rads to go and can't wait to be done with those. For me, finishing a course of treatment is a celebratory milestone and I am elated, not depressed. As for the TLC, while I still need it to some extent, I would really rather be in the position where I don't need it.

      over 4 years ago
    • Blue's Avatar

      The Chemo regimen structures our days in a way that involves actual and nurturing interaction with others. Perhaps the advent of social networking has robbed us of this in-the-flesh interaction. Just a thought.

      over 4 years ago

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