• Ended chemo 04/25/11 - 4 epiubicin/cytox, 4 taxol. 33 rads done 7/8/11. Feel worse now than right after Anyone else?

    Asked by grams2jc on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

    Ended chemo 04/25/11 - 4 epiubicin/cytox, 4 taxol. 33 rads done 7/8/11. Feel worse now than right after Anyone else?

    Less energy and overall yuck feeling in addition to tightness in chest

    10 Answers from the Community

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    • KarenG_WN's Avatar

      Hi Grams2JC,

      I hope you are feeling somewhat better this evening. I can't speak from experience, but I did some research and discovered that yes, symptoms can come and go for months after chemo. But if you aren't feeling well and are experiencing discomfort in your chest, you may want to give your doctor a call for your own peace of mind.

      Here is some information about different types of chest pain, when to call your doctor and when to call 911: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003079.htm

      Please keep us posted!

      over 9 years ago
    • RE16's Avatar

      Hello Grams, RE here. My last chemo's were in 07 and my last rads were in 98 (80 total). Many of the side effect linger and some may be permanent. It is important that you discuss how you are feeling with your doctor so that he/she can help you understand what is the "new normal" so to speak. It has been 13 years since my last rads and my neck area still flares up and become sore and rashy on occasion. I hope that you are finding some relief, my best to you!

      over 9 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Hi Grams. Treatment really zapped me, too. It can take two or more years to get your energy back, but it does come! Being so weakened and fatigued can bring on depression - not feeling good is no fun! From personal experience I can say that treating depression can help ease the yuck feeling, if it is part of the cause. I can't tell if by "tight chest" you mean tightness from surgery, or tightness with breathing. If you mean your chest is tight from surgery, then there are exercises and massage to help loosen the area. A therapist can help you loosen adhesions. It is good advice to check with your oncologist regarding your symptoms.

      over 9 years ago
    • grams2jc's Avatar

      I went to my PCP today to have the chest tightness and shortness of breath checked out. EKG and chest xray did not show anything so we think it is a combo of tissue tightening post radiation and allergies. I just didn't want to be wandering around with congestive heart failure caused by the chemo and not know it.

      Thanks so much for your replies, it is frustrating to think that I felt better right after treatment then I do now. I wonder if there was an adrenalin high to get me through treatment that has gone away and reality has set in.

      Anyway, CT of chest already scheduled with MO in a couple of weeks, it was clear in April most definitely not back in November, planning for another clear one now.

      Thanks for the encouragement!

      over 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      Welcome to what tey do not tell you about chemo..
      I was getting the oil changed one day about a year out and all of a sudden I made a b-line to the bathroom omg i felt like I was on chemo and it is normal I am 3 years out and it gets better but u did not metion if u were on any after drugs tom. adx or femara them will make u feel icky too i highly suggest water aerobics to help with stiffness and to help with energy.. it really does get better it just takes a long time

      over 9 years ago
    • grams2jc's Avatar

      Thank you for the answer. I was disappointed that I didn't continue to feel as good as I did right after treatment was over, but then if I examine my activity level there is a distinct change. May be pushing myself just a little much. At least the breathing is easing up so must have been allergies, etc

      over 9 years ago
    • traci11's Avatar

      Havent had chemo yet. The information that I read here is really informative. It's also a little scary. Well at least I know a little bit about what to expect

      over 9 years ago
    • adelia11's Avatar

      Hi grams2jc
      I was just diagnosed last sept. 2011. I had lumpectomy, two weeks later 9 nodes removed. Started chemo, 8 weeks, only two drugs 4 wk intervals. Start rads in two weeks, (33 txs) I have your tightness and pain right between both breasts. Have you found anything about yours??

      over 9 years ago
    • tjmhasmyheart's Avatar

      Hi grams2jc, hope time has resolved the after effects and you are much better! I finished a year of chemo and 35 radiation treatments on May 9th, 2012. I have experienced many lingering problems from all the destructive treatment too. During treatment it was all about the fight against cancer and now after, it's all about healing my body, mind and spirit.. I am trying to be patient and just take one day at a time...

      almost 9 years ago
    • PrettyToes' Avatar

      Consider getting manual lymphatic drainage by a certified therapist. It is very non invasive, and painless. But it may help. I started early on in my treatment, approved by my oncologist. No, I did not have lymphedema. But I heard about its benefits, and decided to try it. Everyone seems to be shocked at how well I am doing overall. I really think it has helped me. Another thought.... Start on a high quality probiotic like "ortho molecular ortho biotic". I read about it on this site. You can buy on amazon. All pro biotics are not equal. It is a bit expensive, but worth it. Since chemo kills rapidly growing cells, that includes your gut. Proper gut function is imperative to well being.

      over 8 years ago

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