• excessive sleepign

    Asked by labrdor on Saturday, April 27, 2013

    excessive sleepign

    i am worried that my husbands cancer has spread as his appetite is gone now, he has no energy and very very fatigued. this is his off week from chemo. not sure if i should call the doc over the weekend or wait til his appt on thursday

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    • Clyde's Avatar

      This could also be depression which is more than understandable. If you attend his appointments, ask his doctor about this or call and talk directly to him if your husband has given permission.

      over 4 years ago
    • becky68's Avatar

      It is kinda scary when they have no energy,want to sleep a lot and have no appetite.I think you are describing chemo side effects that are fairly normal,and if he has an appt as early as Thursday you're probably safe to wait provided he's not coughing up blood or has a high fever-in that case needs to go to dr NOW. Does your husband like milk shakes? Make him a milk shake and add a pkg of Carnation Instant Breakfast to it; this is as good for him as Ensure (or anything like that) and there's no funky aftertaste plus it's cheaper. My husband says I'm not really hungry,I say how about a shake. Even when his lack of appetite was as it's worst,he would drink a milkshake w/instant breakfast in it plus you can add extra fruit to it too!

      over 4 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      Chemo does quite a number on your taste buds, and ability to taste, thus affecting appetite. Chemo also drains you of energy as your body tries to rebound from it, like when it is rebuilding white blood cells, etc. I'd watch him, let him sleep and try soft foods like shakes, pudding, cream of wheat and mashed potatoes. He could have tongue and mouth sores. Watch for any fever of 100.5 & if you detect one, call his a oncologist immediately. Hang in there! Caregivers rock!

      over 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      When my dad had his first lung cancer, fatigue and loss of appetite was a normal happening during his treatments. I remember him saying that his food had a funny taste. At that time his chemo was taxol and carboplatin. You could always call the chemo nurses and ask what they think.

      over 4 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      It takes a LOT of energy to digest food.

      Please try giving your hubby fresh juices (not bottles or concentrates) so he can get nutrition and stay hydrated without taxing his body further.

      You can buy a fine good enough juicer for about $100 if you don't own one or look through Craig's list for a used one from someone who is upgrading.

      Keep the juices bland. Try, for example, celery, cucumber (juicy and full of vitamins and minerals) and either some parsley or ginger or lime if he can handle flavor. A juiced carrot would answer his sweet tooth which is hiding somewhere in him.

      Best wishes for his recovered good health.

      over 4 years ago
    • catherinemarr's Avatar

      I don't know,but I do know chemo is not eliminated instantly upon taking a break.These may be signs of additional spread,but more likely they are side effects from the chemo..I wouldn't assume the worst yet,If I were you..

      over 4 years ago
    • EllasDaddy's Avatar

      Hi, these sound like typical side effects. The other responses are spot on. I know that all I wanted to do was sleep. Someone would come wake me up sometimes to make me eat. Mashed potatoes, fruit smoothies, chicken pieces, and milk shakes was my main diet. Think of it this way, from my oncologist, your body is going through a war with all the chemicals being pumped in and fighting the cancer. The best thing it can do is to rest so it can heal. There is nothing to be alarmed about unless he runs a high fever or has abnormal bleeding. After a few more days he should start to rally. I spent many a day in bed but then would move out to the living room and even outside but still would end up back in bed before real long. I wish you the best and know you will get through this and we are here to help.

      over 4 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      This does sound very much like chemo side effects....he is fighting a big battle, and the best thing he can do is rest & let him body recharge. I'm going to say something different from everyone else here though....when I was doing chemo I had little appetite too, but ate mostly things with spice - shrimp cocktail, barbque & mexican. It sounds strange, but I couldn't stand bland food, and the spicy stuff allowed me to get necessary protein. If he isn't having mouth sores, or diarhhea, he might do better with something that he can actually taste. Just a thought.

      over 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      I am sorry, I am sure you worry. I can only add that I acted just like your husband during chemo treatment. I slept a LOT, had little appetite and the fatigue was cumulative. Sometimes I felt like I would fade away from it. But it did eventually pass as I got better. It took a lot of time though! It never hurts to mention any symptoms to his doctor though. I do recommend you take very good care of yourself during this stressful time. Take breaks when you can. It is important so you can be strong for your husband. Hang in there!

      over 4 years ago
    • Buttercup's Avatar

      I have stage iv lung cancer. All I want to do is sleep. I can sleep 12 to 14 hours a night and still be totally worn out after being up 3 hours. Most of the chemo drugs I have been on have caused severe fatigue and my appetite is non-existent. I eat not because I am hungry but because I know I have to eat to stay strong. Check with his Doctor, there may be something they can do to help these side effects.

      over 4 years ago
    • Jray's Avatar

      My husband is going thru the same thing. I was making him smoothies with carnation instant breakfast too. But he is diabetic, so I found this protein powder at a health food store. It's vanilla flavored and has 25 grams per serving. I add it to orange and pineapple sherbet with whole milk or vanilla ice cream with frozen fruit. Also try to have a variety of foods on hand. Sometimes I just ask him what he feels like eating, I try to fix what he wants and likes now as opposed to what he used to like...hang in there. P, S. it never hurts to call the oncologists office or answering g service if you are concerned about anything :)

      over 4 years ago
    • labrdor's Avatar

      thank you all !

      over 4 years ago
    • CherylS@StF's Avatar

      It sounds like you are describing normal side effects of chemotherapy and having cancer. Unless he is lethargic, not moving at all, hard to arouse and keep up then I think you can wait until your appointment. It is hard to tell what is normal in cancer and what is not but it never hurts to ask, it is an education along the way.

      over 4 years ago
    • kiki1875's Avatar

      My father is having this exact issue. He just finished his second round of chemo (13 treatments total) and he is very depressed because he hasn't bounced back from treatment the way he use to. The cancer situation has improved significantly but his appetite and energy have gone south. Please don't worry yourself unnecessarily. I'm almost sure what your husband is experiencing is chemo related. This too shall pass.....

      over 4 years ago

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