• Does anyone get a flash of discomfort across their chest?

    Asked by IrishPegOfAR on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Does anyone get a flash of discomfort across their chest?

    I am on Xeloda oral medication and Avastin IV every other week. I have been warned about sensitivity to cold & heat. Sometimes as I am eating a meal or drinking a beverage, I get a flash of sudden discomfort across my chest. I think it is a reaction to the hot food being hot or the cold drink being cold, but sometimes it happens w/o any cold/hot stimulus. Does this happen to anyone else? what have you done to eliminate it or reduce it? Is the answer simply waiting for food & beverages to become room temperature?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar
      carm (Best Answer!)

      Boy.... you seem to run that gamut, don't you? I can tell you personally from my own experience as an oncology nurse that patients taking Xeloda seem to have just about every side effect associated with it. Xeloda can be a harsh mistress if you are slave to her. I saw your prior post and that is also a side effect of the drug. Xeloda seems to have properties that react off of nerve tissue so the side effects like the hand and feet syndrome and the sporadic impulse pain you feel in your chest is your bodies nerve sensations reacting to the drug. Much in a way that people get myoclonic jerks when they start or increase their morphine. Your body has to learn how to adjust and coexist with the therapeutic level. I have attached some information on Xeloda and on the same site you can see a tab that is labeled "Managing Side Effects." This might give you some insight how to best manage your issues. I hope that you get better soon and that you can corral these issues and get back to an optimal quality of life. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.


      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Avastin is notorious for the "Squeeze" in the chest.

      over 3 years ago

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