• Syncope ~ Anyone experienced this as a side effect of chemo?

    Asked by MarciaLynn on Saturday, November 24, 2018

    Syncope ~ Anyone experienced this as a side effect of chemo?

    I finished my chemo (R-EPOCH) NHL December 18, 2017. The other night, I woke up to help my mother and I fell. I've fallen many times during my lifetime, but this time was different.

    In all the other falls, I remember actually falling. This time, I remember getting up from my sleep, and the next thing I knew, Mom was in her hallway asking if I needed help getting up off the floor.

    I have no memory of the seconds between waking up and Mom talking to me. . . She said she heard me fall and came into the hallway to see me crouched on the floor on my knees, trying to get up. I cannot remember anything about the fall, and am wondering if it's possibly a side effect of chemo.

    Every time I have fallen in the past, I was aware that I was going down and reacted by trying to protect myself. This time was so different. And, even weirder, I was not injured at all this time. No bumps or bruises anywhere. It's pretty scary.

    11/24/18

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      MarciaLynn - Are you on any medication for restless leg syndrome? It's just a thought but I was put on Ropinerole for my restless legs. Shortly after I was taking it I was conscious and standing one minute and on the cement in front of the doors to our ER. (had an appointment for a scan there) next. I came to as my head hit it. Don't remember being dizzy or going down. All of my doctor's were concerned but it was my Cardiologist that said it was the Ropinerole. I was taken off of it and have been fine since. It may have something to do with some of your medication. Good luck. Hope you track the cause.

      10 months ago
    • MarciaLynn's Avatar
      MarciaLynn

      andreacha and po18guy ~ I am not taking any new medicines. I'm not in active treatment, only taking maintenance meds that I've taken forever for thyroid issues and blood pressure, so I doubt it was either of them. My primary tumor was between my brain and left eye, so I pay particular attention to symptoms involving vision, memory, etc., that might signal a relapse. The most concerning thing about this episode is that I don't remember falling. I've ALWAYS realized I was falling and/or fainting, but not this time. I have "fainted" 3 other times in my life, and each time I was able to tell someone I was going to faint and they were able to prevent me from falling.
      11/26/18

      10 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Please got to your Dr. right now. I had two bad falls this Summer. The first one I had a sever concussion. The first fall resulted in a possible loss of consciousness for 10-20 minutes. When I was referred to the Brain Injury clinic they did a lot of tests and determined that there was "new" damage to the brain after the damage done by the chemo. But I also suffered from some new cognative problems one being amnesia. Amnesia can be retroactive so you may have been aware of everything but have amnesia. Partial amnesia is not like chemo brain. You forget entire blocks of time. Most often they occur around the event but they may involve other blocks. Have you talked to your PCP about this? Also do you have headache, sensitivity to light, double vision, or hearing problems, I had special physical therapy for brain injury and balance.

      10 months ago

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