• I am a 5 year survivor on 9/11/2012 but I still today have nausea in the stomach, can't sleep, I ache so bad and I feel so fatigued.

    Asked by Dollbaby58 on Thursday, September 6, 2012

    I am a 5 year survivor on 9/11/2012 but I still today have nausea in the stomach, can't sleep, I ache so bad and I feel so fatigued.

    Can anyone else tell me if they feel as bad today after finishing 8 weeks of chemo and 37 weeks of radiation therapy?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Welcome to the site, a fellow Tennessean! I cant say I feel as bad, but I still have lots of side effects. I just got home from work complaining that I cant do what I used to. I am 24 yr. survivor and 4 yrs on my last treatments. But, I still get around. Hope you get better. Someone with your condition will answer you too soon.

      almost 6 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Your question is difficult for me to answer because in my case it is apples and oranges. While I was in chemo I felt really bad for a few days each cycle but fine the rest of the time. With radiation, except for some skin irritation the last couple weeks of it, I felt fine.

      I feel bad today because my arthritic knee hurts, I'm tired because I have been working long hours and because the aromatase inhibitor I am taking sometimes gives me side effects at night that wake me up and cause me to lose sleep. I honestly don't know if I feel as bad, less bad, or more bad today than I did during active treatment because they were not the same things that were causing me to feel bad.

      almost 6 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn (Best Answer!)

      Do you have regular follow up appointments with your health care team? This sounds sooooo awful to be feeling like this every day. So, my first thought is, have you talked to your doctors and nurses etc... about how you are feeling?

      Also, the aching just sounds awful. Do you ache everywhere?

      Is it possible the way you are feeling is actually unrelated to your chemotherapy? Maybe you have arthritis (I do) or some other issues?

      37 weeks of radiation? Whoa - that is A LOT of radiation... Was it daily? Or weekly?

      I'm so sorry you are feeling so cruddy.

      almost 6 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I'm an almost 4 year survivor and I ache and feel fatigued. I think the cancer and treatment really aged me and then adding Arimidex to the mix exacerbates my symptoms. I nap and take ibuprofen and try to have as much fun working and playing as I can (plus I take naps). Sometimes I worry that the aches and fatigue are symptoms of something more serious going on. I have regular 6 month checkups that help put my mind at ease about that part of the equation.

      almost 6 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Are you on an Aromatase Inhibitor? Those cause a lot of pain. I experience that. You may also have Fibromyalgia. I have that and those AI's sure aggravate my pain. You can Google it to see if sounds like what you are feeling. I also had chemo and radiation, finished 2 years ago, but I think other than some brain fog, those side effects are gone for me. I suggest getting a good physical. No one should suffer every day. I see a rheumatologist for Fibro. Get the help you deserve and good luck to you!

      almost 6 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      HI Dollbaby58 - I'm an 8-yr BC survivor and I still today feel a little fatigued. Having said that, I did a hike up to 10,000 ft this week - puffed all the way up but I made it! I do have quite a few things that help me with fatigue - I recently wrote an article about cancer and fatigue: http://marnieclark.com/cancer-and-fatigue-6-helpful-remedies/ I sure hope something on my list helps you! There are many things you can do to help your body repair what the therapies have done to it. Sending hugs.

      almost 6 years ago

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