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    Bruised ribs

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      carm

      Kathy,
      You might try and get a prescription for Lidoderm patches for your mom. They are a local anesthetic and might help her. Advil is great for swelling, it is an anti-inflammatory so it will reduce swelling but if it is pain, tylenol is best to control pain. If you need anything else please do not hesitate to call on me. I have an 80 year old mom here so I can relate, Carm.

      over 3 years ago
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      leepenn

      Don't make her laugh....

      Ha ha - seriously, though... Bruised / broken ribs HURT a bunch! I'm so sorry that she's got that.

      Advil is probably the best way to go. And super important is breathing. I broke ribs a while back, and that was the big thing I was told - make sure you keep breathing fully - shallow breathing can lead to pneuomonia ... (oops - can't spell).

      One thing to consider - one can tag team advil and tylenol. 3 advils every six hours... with two tylenol in between. ASK FIRST - just in case there's a good reason for her to not take tylenol... But that's what I did, and it did improve the pain situation...

      Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
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      Carol-Charlie

      I bruised my ribs on my left side decorating for the prom...... back in 1961.... I will always remember that pain. AND I've always been grateful they weren't broken... Haven't thought of that in ages... ANYWAY... Call her, visit and talk... try to keep her mind busy... does she knit ??? maybe some new yarn... THEN of course... try what our wonderful nurse Carm suggests... I'd trust her with my life.

      over 3 years ago
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    Xanax

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      Kathy

      THANK YOU SO MUCH everyone of you!! I so love and appreciate all the love and helpfulness you continue to send my way!!!!!

      over 3 years ago
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      nmill11

      I have been on Buspar and Celexa long before I was diagnosed with Cancer. I have P.T.S.D., Depression and Anxiety.
      I have a therapist who I have been with since 2007 and need her now more than ever. I too feel defeated making smiling harder than ever. But, I do smile, I do understand how life is shorter than ever. Each day, each hour, each second, and each moment is a precious gift. HUGS Kathy!

      over 3 years ago
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      Hi Kathy-

      Please don't feel odd putting something so personal out there. One of the greatest things about the cancer community is the endless web of support and stories that help you get through hard times. I too had a hard time post chemo and as I search the net I found this is very normal. I am glad Xanax is working for you. Are you able to exercise? That and my endless lists of my emotions really helped my emotional health. If you ever want to talk I have a little thing called coffee and cancer where I video chat with fellow fighters and survivors. It's really neat and very therapeutic to talk to others who have been through similar things and it creates some awesome friendships. I hope you are well. Hang in there. You beat cancer, you will beat this too!

      http://mommybeatscancer.com/2013/03/27/cancer-support/
      http://mommybeatscancer.com/2013/05/08/feeling-lost-post-chemotherapy-2/

      over 3 years ago
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    Emotions

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      Kathy

      Thank you all of your for your responses. I am already taking an anti-depressant and also seeing a social worker one on one. I still feel overly emotional at times. Maybe the meds need tweaking but I was really hoping the talk therapy would help. And both have but I guess I want to be more stable. I know the bottom line is that I need to be patient and kind to myself and also accept these new limitations. I do feel extremely blessed to have so many resources available to me one of which is the whatnexters family.

      almost 4 years ago
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      I sought exercise, weight lifting, running as ways to deal with excessive cortisol, adrenaline and stress. I'd walk into the gym all tense and leave feeling very relaxed.
      It helps to have a trainer or somebody familiar with equipment to get you through the workout. Keep a written record of your weight settings on equipment. It really helps. My other stress buster is my border collie. She's very sensitive when I'm not feeling well, but she's always willing to head outside for a good long walk. Best investmen ever!

      almost 4 years ago
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      Kathy-

      Cancer - When I first heard those words in the E.R., I told the Doctors all I wanted was a Liposuction, Face Lift and Breast Augmentation, not Cancer. I was lighthearted about the diagnosis. I have Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer and will have my 4th round of Chemotherapy on Tuesday. I receive Chemo every 3 weeks.

      Before this, I had been diagnosed with PTSD and Depression, talk about a range
      of emotions. I try to hold everything in and remain calm when I'm out in public. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I still have sudden outbursts, especially around coughers who doen't cover their mouths and especially smokers.

      I want the universe to act differently. I want them to see the world though our eyes. Life is not a forever thing. It is not to be taken for granted. I appreciate every day I can wake up and spend time with the world and my cat Kelso. I have days when all I want to do is coocoon and not pull up the shades and wear ears plugs to drown out any possible sound. I don't exercise as much as the Doctors have recommended over the years either.

      Sure I get angry, I get into the "Why Me?" syndrome. I hate the world and I hate me. I hate all the suggestions, i.e. what to do and when to do it. I get overwhelmed and shut down.

      In other words Kathy, you are entitled to have any and all the emotions you are having. I am sending you a special hug and will be here through your journey. Stay as strong as you can and know we are here to support you through this.
      CANCER SUCKS....we are FIGHTERS and SURVIVORS.

      almost 4 years ago