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    Pain meds not working?

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      carm

      @SandiA,
      If you rate your pain as a 4 or above then your heart rate and blood pressure will rise which then causes your GI tract to slow down so you metabolize the drugs at a slower rate. If you have Benadryl at home take some 15 minutes before you take your pain medicine. This will relax you, slow down your heart rate and speed up your GI tract to metabolize better. Best of luck to you.

      8 days ago
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      SandiA

      @carm thank you so much. I didn’t know that. I finally had hip replacement and my pain is under control for now, but I will definitely try that next time.

      8 days ago
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      BarbarainBham

      You could ask your doctor for a referral to the Pain Clinic, and take a list of your questions about how the pain meds work, etc. They can also tell you about methods of pain control other than pain meds. Best wishes.

      8 days ago
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    Has this happened do you? Does it feel like your meds are just not working?

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    MelMom asked a questionLeukemia

    Do you exercise throughout your treatments? I barely have the energy to walk, much less exercise.

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      lh25

      I tried, I really did. But there were days were that meant I went up and down the stair an extra time or two, and that was it. I just couldn't do it.

      7 months ago
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      JaneA

      I walked throughout my treatment. My oncologist encouraged me to continue walking. Just walk as far as you can and try to do it every day. It helps with the chemo fatigue and the achiness too. Many studies show that patients who exercise experience less effects - my guess is that your perception of the side effects is positively affected and they don't seem as bad. Many cancer centers offer yoga that can be done sitting in a chair. Yoga relieves anxiety and helps stretch tired muscles so they don't get tight and cause pain.

      7 months ago
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      cllinda

      Because of arthritis before cancer, I was swimming every day. Then I became too sick to swim. After they took me off the TCH and just let me be on herceptin, I started to feel better and wanted to swim, and then radiation started and I was told no swimming again. So as soon as radiation was over the doctor said I could start back in the pool in a week. That day I was in the pool at 5 am! And I had to start all over again.

      7 months ago
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    MelMom asked a questionLeukemia

    Do your doctors follow up and check on you? I have been handed off from one doc to the other about 3 times through this.

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      BarbarainBham

      Hey, Molly, I can't believe the other three doctors didn't tell you when to call for post-surgery visit!! Your discharge papers should have noted that, too.

      My doctors don't call to check on me, but they are available for me to call them 24/7 through answering service.

      8 months ago
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      merpreb

      I see my doctors so often they don't need to check on me. I also have all my scan, blood, breathing and lab results. I bring them with me to catch them up for my yearly visits. To tell you the truth I'm glad that no one calls me. I like to forget about my health during visits. But if I were in serious trouble I would probably feel differently

      8 months ago
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      merpreb

      I meant to say I like to forget about my health after my visits.

      8 months ago