• Side effects

    Asked by debbie3 on Sunday, January 18, 2015

    Side effects

    Well I am no longer asleep all day - and just as I start to feel a little more normal - the dry mouth sore throat everything tastes awful thing starts - and just wondered what you guys had found helpful . Also I seem to be always cold !! To think a week ago I was worried about my hair now I couldn't care less

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    • Jalemans' Avatar

      Try fruit smoothies. Don't forget to drink lots of water (add a lime slice). It seems that what people can stand to eat varies with the person. My onc prescribed Ensure (which I couldn't drink, but some can). I put some baby spinach in my smoothies to get more iron. I could also eat minute steaks & strawberry shakes. fresh fruit was also OK. It was pretty much trial & error - something would sound good until I put it in my mouth.

      You've made it this far, just keep doing your best!

      over 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I tended to chew lots of gum to help with dry mouth

      over 5 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      My chemo teaching sheet said to gargle with 1 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt for sore throat. I drank at least 10 glasses of water/day (more on infusion days) and added lemon juice to cut down on the metallic taste.

      I remember some days chemo lowered my body temperature by a couple of degrees. I just stayed bundled up.

      I agree with Jalemans -- the food is trial and error. Some days I craved sweet; other days I craved salty. It's frustrating because the normal body cues don't work any more. Just keep on keepin' on, even if it's one bite at a time.

      over 5 years ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      For the cold, I had a very soft knit cap that someone gave to me. I think it was primarily meant for sleeping, but I wore it all the time in my house. I was very cold once my hair was shaved. In fact that was almost a year ago, and I am still colder than usual. My hair is very short, so I am still wearing a knit cap in the house. I have now moved up to one of those slouch caps the kids wear. Since it hangs down in the back, it makes me feel like my hair is long, and I am also toasty warm. Hope you are feeling better soon.

      over 5 years ago
    • suz55's Avatar

      I used the soda/salt mixture in warm water after eating anything. I even carried a little baggy of it in my purse. I also chewed a lot of sugarfree gum. My sister gave me some weight watcher smoothies that I mixed with ice cream. Comfort food and fresh fruit usually tasted fairly good, although there were those days when water even tasted bad. I just forced myself to eat something. I dressed warm throughout chemo and even months afterwards because I was so cold. I think part of that was also due to the chemo-induced anemia. Best of luck to you!

      over 5 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      Oh yes, I had cold flashes and even took a blanket to church with me every week! As for the bad taste, I became best friends with popsicles, ice water, and the occasional ice cream. Be sure to stay hydrated. I know I had water bottles in every room to make sure I was always drinking. HUGS and God bless.

      over 5 years ago
    • lujos' Avatar

      Debbie3, have you looked at the oral range Bioxtra for dry mouth? I use the toothpaste, mouthwash and dry mouth spray, and find it really helps soothe the mouth and keep it from being so dry. You must make sure to use something in the mouth, as a drier mouth means less saliva, which could result in tooth decay.

      WRT the feeling cold, oh yeah me too! I wear one of the bamboo sleep caps from Simply Wigs at night, and it feels really soft and warm when I'm sleeping. I sometimes wear a cap even in the house, and always do if I go outside (be careful of sunburn on a baldy head!)

      I have taken to wearing thermal tops under my shirts/sweaters - really feels good.

      over 5 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar

      I found drinking a Slurpee or other crushed ice drink helped preserve my taste buds. I drank it during the "hard stuff chemo" in my case Taxotere and Carboplatin. It really helped.

      over 5 years ago
    • GLW's Avatar

      I am so glad to read the comments about being cold. I have always been very warm-natured and my poor husband dresses in many layers around the house in winter(New England). Since chemo, I have been cold all the time. He loves it! He cranks up the heat and I still need a small electric heater directed at me. Hope this changes. Now, about your symptoms.....just take each side effect as it comes. These gals have great suggestions. Nothing better than tried and true remedies. I did have a metallic taste for a while. My throat wasn't sore but feel a tightness. It went away. You are doing fine and seem to be handling everything well.

      over 5 years ago
    • debbie3's Avatar

      thank you !!! Have got some gum and fresh fruit ( can only taste bananas).Have some dry mouth toothpaste and mouthwash too ( that really helps) . I'm going to try the ice cream and Popsicles during chemo too . Thank you for sharing your experiences

      over 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      I'm always cold so I use a heating pad on my belly during the day sitting in my chair. FEELS great and warms my hands.
      At night use an electric blanket even if it's in JULY.......Don't let your spouse or anybody else make you feel funny about using these tools. My wife tried that and it made me angry BUT The warmth feels really good SO I USE IT. I stopped worrying about what others said or thought a long time ago and it has made my life better.

      over 5 years ago
    • schweetieangel's Avatar

      I use my electric blanket as well .. a friend bought it as a gift when i said i was cold all the time and dont know what i would do without it at this point.
      And i eat tons of fruit for my mouth as well i cant do anything cold , its one of my side effects.. that and gum and hard candies seem to work for the tastes most of the time.
      You are doing good keep powering through..one day at a time.

      over 5 years ago
    • FemaleinMotion's Avatar

      To help with the chilly feeling, I wore a scarf around my neck every day. They are so cuddly and made a big difference. Hang in there!

      over 5 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar

      Popscicles....they helped the mouth sores but yet had a pleasing taste that I could actually taste. I also chewed on ice a lot. Try to stay away from spicey foods...it bothers the mouth sores and upset my stomach. I felt Luke I lived on scrambled eggs. I couldn't eat that much...nausea was a big problem. Try using plastic utensils - they keep the metal taste away. You are going to have to experiment a little to see what works best for you. Its good you are getting some energy back. That's duper...take care!

      over 5 years ago
    • darracq's Avatar

      The oral surgeon I go to for extractions gave me a prescription to gargle for mouth discomfort from chemo that worked amazingly well. I had to find a pharmacy that does compounding to fill the prescription. The label says: "Doxycycline/Dexamethasone/ Nystatin/Diphenhydramine Suspension." You swish 2 tablespoons around your mouth twice a day. I also use Biotene toothpaste and gargle for my dry mouth. Neither seems to work alone, but together they keep me wet.

      over 5 years ago

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