• How to lessen chemo side effects

    Asked by Durafain on Friday, August 17, 2018

    How to lessen chemo side effects

    Ex. Inflammation, joint pain, etc.

    4 Answers from the Community

    4 answers
    • Songwriter's Avatar

      Take all the meds they give to for it and drink LOTS of water. OR don't take it.

      11 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      This might sound counter-intuitive, but walking and stretching exercises really help. Chair yoga helps too. All that sitting in the chemo chair coupled with the chemo side effects makes up stiff and tight. Start off with a short walk - your cancer center may offer free yoga classes.

      11 months ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar

      Look up "Complementary Therapies". There are quite a few mind/body therapies you can try. Yoga, acupuncture, exercise, massage, diet, etc.... If you need something more in the way of pharmaceuticals then ask about Meloxicam. It is an anti-inflammatory that is much easier on your body than some of the otheres. I take it from time to time.

      11 months ago
    • akwendi's Avatar

      I agree with "Songwriter". I don't like to take medicines so after the first round I tried not to take what they had given me. I felt horrible and basically wished I was dead from Friday evening through Monday afternoon. Went in for a checkin with the doctor in between chemo #1 and #2. When I told him what had happened, he said "you don't get any awards for not taking the meds" . The following rounds were much better... Chemo on Wednesday. Good till Friday afternoon (thanks to whatever they give you during chemo...I don't know why they don't give you more of that), then took everything on a schedule Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. By Monday I was good to go again until the next round. A friend suggested avoiding foods that you really like in case they make you sick (she still can't eat Mexican food 4 years later). So I kept my food intake very simple...cottage cheese, yogurt and vegetable soups. I workout 3 days a week. During chemo I still went. I didn't always do much, but it helped being in the same routine and the support of those that I workout with was incredibly helpful. They helped get me through!

      10 months ago

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