• Side effects from chemo

    Asked by zaynah on Monday, August 27, 2012

    Side effects from chemo

    I have 5 treatments left, I mostly want to know how long will it take before I am feeling better, I have hot flashes, chills, memory problems, eye problems, and I am always tired! I know that i dont have alot left but I am not sure I will make it through the next 5

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      SURE YOU WILL MAKE IT THROUGH! Think positive. I know it's tough, I didn't want to go back on Monday. The weekend I would just start to feel good, then I had to go back and get the devil put in me again. Get sick for 2 days and start over again. As soon as your done with the last one, the next day, you will slowly start to feel better. It may take a while, but you will start feeling better. I would say it took me a month to start getting some things back to "normal". Others took a while longer. Each time you have a treatment, just count it down, only 4 more, 3 more, before you know it you will be having a no mo chemo party.

      Best of luck to you, I hope it finishes out easy and smooth for you!

      about 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Zaynah, I can't tell what your chemo is...Is it dose dense where you receive it every other week and you have had 3 with 5 to go? You can do it! Just focus on one at a time. Take advantage of when you are feeling good to do something good for yourself. And really baby yourself when you aren't feeling so hot! I used meditation, relaxation, and Yoga to help get me through. If you're on a dose dense regimen, the SE's of the second set of chemos is different from the first. I remember feeling so tired. It all gets better! xoxoxo Lynn

      about 8 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      You will make it! Somehow we all get through it. Take good care of yourself now. Embrace the nap. Most importantly, it's OK not to feel good now. You are going through a lot. I had to do 8 rounds of chemo. After the third one was the worst for me as far as wondering if I would get through. It seemed so far away but after I went the next time, I was half way done. Then, even though I was getting sicker with increased side effects, knowing I was getting closer and closer to being done made me feel better.

      I am 3.5 months out from chemo and I feel fantastic. I would say it took a good month before I started to feel a little better and then I would feel better and better every day after that. I still have hot flashes and numbness in my feet and hands but my oncologist told me to give it a good 6-8 months before all the side effects are gone.

      We are all cheering you on. You will get through this!

      about 8 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      You will find you are stronger than you ever knew you could be! But going through it sucks. This is the time to baby yourself. The fatigue & runny eyes really bothered me. So rest & put a cold compress on your eyes. Turn a fan on when you are hot and eat whatever agrees with you. I remember when just taking a bath was an all day ordeal & I had to nap after! Your body us using energy to generate new cells that are being killed off by the chemo. That includes those nasty cancer cells! After my chemo was completed, I felt a little better each day. I ate healthier and rested when I needed to. My legs felt really weak for a few weeks, but laying around causes that too. Be patient Honey & visualize your body fighting & healing. YOU WILL BE OK! Your body is busy with a huge fight! Rest & keep up the fluids. (Remember it is ok to cry when you want to, it is a stress release.) Good luck.

      about 8 years ago
    • jvbaseballmom2's Avatar

      You will make it. You need to track your progress after each one. Right now you are 50% finished, then you'll be 60%, etc. While you're going through it, it seems like it will never end, but you will get through it. Be strong, and don't be afraid to ask for help from others.

      about 8 years ago

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