• What are "normal" post chemo and radiation symptom?.How long do they last?

    Asked by Sallyzim on Thursday, January 10, 2013

    What are "normal" post chemo and radiation symptom?.How long do they last?

    4 months post treatment and I still have muscle pain in my back, fatigue easily and appetitie problems. Feel like my life is in limbo, old life has gone and don't know how to start a new one!

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I have no idea what "normal" means. You can google the chemo drugs you received and find every side effect anyone ever had. Some are common, others are rare. How long they last varies by individual, dosage, and duration of chemo. Some can be permanent., Same is true for radiation, although the only immediate or short term effects of radiation are skin burn and fatigue.

      How did you start your old life?......start your new life the same way......one step at a time. If your life is in limbo, that is entirely within your control to change. The old adage "if you keep on doing what you have always done, you will keep on getting what you have always got" is very true. If you want to get on with your life do something different rather than waiting for your old life to magically reappear.

      over 5 years ago
    • Laureen's Avatar

      I was on Taxol & Carboplatin. Day after was fine. The next 4 days I had flu-like symptoms & all my long bones ached. Vomiting was about once a day. Very cold, since my hair was gone. Taking the vomit meds regularly, drinking a lot of water & juice, and wearing a knit cap all helped a lot. Tiredness & dizziness where annoying, but I learned to work around them.

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      It took about two months for the skin blisters to heal after my radiation treatment ended. It took me just over a year to be able to wear a regular bra again as well, I made do with yoga tops and then full length sports tops (I'm D/DD and really needed the support) the longer line meant that the bra band did not cut into my skin. Also it's been two years and I still have a light tan on parts of my left breast and chest.

      After for feeling of limbo, we all have them. Our lives are what happening all the time and constantly changing. Cancer is one big disruptive changes. Why not journal and/or talk to someone about what you enjoy doing, what parts of your pre cancer life you loved, what you hated, etc - this will help you figure out what you want to do going forward. I find that being proactive helps deal with what life, the universe throws at me.

      Start small, small goals have a way of rolling up into bigger and better changes.

      over 5 years ago
    • Pappenstance's Avatar

      Hi @Sallyzim, I'm not sure what the "normal" post chemo & radiation symptoms are, but I'm also 4 months out from treatment and am still figuring out my 'new normal.' Fatigue is huge, digestion issues hit me out of nowhere, and the hardest for me is that my brain thinks we're ready to get back to normal but my body hasn't gotten the memo. :)

      It sounds so trivial, but for me, starting this new life has really revolved around being present in every moment and being ok with not being able to do EVERYTHING I was able to pre-cancer. Sure, going back to spin class the other day left me so exhausted that I had to spend the rest of the day in bed. And raw carrots aren't really the best choice of a snack due to my 'gastrointestinal distress' thanks to radiation. I can't be counted on to clean the house every weekend because I just might have to take a break and lay on the couch for a while. But now I know! Baby steps and acceptance. It's really all we can do!

      over 5 years ago

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