• has anyone experienced chemo withdrawl?

    Asked by CaptainBob on Saturday, July 21, 2012

    has anyone experienced chemo withdrawl?

    Have been on chemo since my diagnosis almost 18 months ago. At that time the Dr. didn't give me much hope of surviving very long. I have responded extremely well to the treatments and have beaten back the disease to the point that I am going to have chemoembolization next week. I therefore believe that being on chemo has saved my life. During my treatmernt I have asked several times when I could stop them but was always told " not yet we need to be certain that we have killed as much of the cancer as we can"
    I have been off of chemo for 4 weeks and have started a strange symptom. I have noticed that small insignificant pains cause me intense anxiety. If I get a headache worry is the cancer in my brain, if I get a backache is it in my bones, if I get gas is it devouring my colon and the list goes on. I talk about this with my wife and am driving her crazy with my worries. I am considering seeing a shrink but wanted to ask if anyone else has the same experience.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I doubt that has anything to do with any physical symptom of chemo withdrawal. I may be that while on chemo you had become comfortable with the notion that chemo was beating back your disease and may have even visualized that concept in a physical way. What your are experiencing now is that same "symptom" but in a different context, sans chemo. So if you had visualized chemo as beating back the disease, it is logical that you would see any ache or pain as a the disease regaining ground. Perhaps you could alter your visualization slightly. See the cancer as beating on the door that chemo created but unable to get in. The banging on the door is the headache, the backache, the gas.

      almost 9 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Hi Bob. I'm sure your wife is glad you're still around to drive her crazy. With my dad, who has a similar cancer situation to yours, I didn't notice any withdrawal-like symptoms during his last chemo. But he's just like you with thinking each little pain he has might be cancer spreading. The latest is pain in his ankle, that causes him to talk about bone cancer worries. 18 months is outstanding for your battle. Your story is inspiring and helps me tell dad.... look there are people out there who do a lot better than the doctor says they will. Since the time he was diagnosed and told that six months is about what he can expect to have, he closely counts the days and months, and wants to see some kind of improvement to decide whether the chemo is worth it. You have already beat the odds, and we're rooting for you to drive your wife crazy past the 5 year mark.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I believe it's a fear of reoccurence. I can see why you have these worries about cancer coming back since you are no longer going through treatment. All any of us can do is have faith that the chemo drugs have done their job of killing the cancerous cells and make sure we monitor our health closer. This means follow ups with the doctors and communicating any symptoms, pains, etc to them. Sending well wishes your way and praying for you to have some level of peace of mind through your journey.

      almost 9 years ago

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