• Headaches

    Asked by weeleigh on Thursday, December 26, 2013


    I had my first chemo today and have a really bad headache. Anyone else suffer from this?

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • geekling's Avatar

      Every bit of treatment is a headache.

      You really ought to share side effects with your doctor. Do it as the worrisome ones happen. If you weren't told to expect it, any side effect is worrisome.

      over 7 years ago
    • barbdee's Avatar

      Yes, I had a major headaches after my 6 "TCH" treatments. Steroids, anti-nausea meds, plus the chemo itself can contribute. Tell your doctor or PA for sure.
      Between the newness of treatment, stress, lack of restoring sleep, it is no wonder we can suffer from headaches. Try to sleep more, take a pain pill or anti-anxiety med to help calm you down! My oncologist says never be in pain from chemo treatment! Good luck, you can do this! Barb

      over 7 years ago
    • weeleigh's Avatar

      Thank you guys.

      over 7 years ago
    • ladyhawk's Avatar

      yes, it could of been all the pre-meds they give you before chemo, zofran,was the one did it for me,, worst headaches ever! you can have them changed if you ask

      over 7 years ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar

      I had horrible headache after my 1st chemo tx. Nurse administered the Cytoxan much slower the next time (period of 1 1/2 hrs) and it never happened again. I was told the Cytoxan goes straight to your sinuses.

      over 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      Please tell your oncologist asap, because they should be able to switch your medications next treatment. FYI- the headache probably isn't from the chemo, it is more likely from one of the other drugs they give us to help with the side effects...darn it but unfortunately those drugs sometimes have their own side effects.

      over 7 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I had migraines throughout my chemo treatments and still suffer with them over a year out from treatment. I get Botox injections every 90 days to lessen the frequency and severity.

      over 7 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I did, I had migraines for 24 hours after each treatment. I took Excedrin Migraine BEFORE the treatment began, and it helped. The doctor told me if that didn't work, they could give me something else.

      over 7 years ago
    • DrShani's Avatar

      This often happens if your body can't process and clear the drugs efficiently. Make sure you're drinking enough pure water - this is a good time for at least 8 cups a day. And by all means let your oncologist know, as s/he may want to make adjustments to your regimen.

      Best of luck to you-

      Dr. Shani Fox

      over 7 years ago

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