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    I am having some pain in my mouth from the chemo making sores. I need suggestions for soft or liquid things to eat.

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      Hi, grits, oatmeal, ground sausage or crumbled bacon in omelettes or scrambled eggs(boiled eggs are also good..they didn't seem to irritate my mouth). Soups, even ramen or udon soups, egg noddles and spaghetti(but watch the sauce...I had to switch to butter and cream sauces instead of the traditional spaghetti sauce because it was a bit irritating..so that might need some experimenting. any ground meats with rice, mashed potatoes..(shepherds pie is GREAT),And this will shock you...fish, it totally just melts in your mouth(uhm..not fried..but you can bake it, broil it, even grilled it stays soft and tender--but watch the spices..I found out pepper is not my mouth sores friend!!, tuna fish,surimi.... egg sandwich,applesauce, ..and smoothies, sorbets, ice creams, and if you can drink them the ensure, or other meal supplement drinks.

      Did your doctor give you the Benadryl/Maalox/Lidocaine mouthwash blend to help? Mine gave it to me to swish around my mouth before eating...of course it made everything in my mouth numb...so I started taking a q-tip and just applying it like a dentist before an injection on my inner cheeks, and only gargled/swallowed with it when my throat hurt.
      Also, I rinse with 1/2 tsp of baking soad with 1/2 tsp of salt in 1 cup warm water. I usually do it when I wake up, after I eat, and before going to bed...I think it really helped/helps.
      I hope this helps and pray those sores go away soon.

      10 days ago
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      JaneA

      During treatment, we need protein to help rebuild our muscles and tissue. Boost PLUS has about 30 grams of protein and vitamins and minerals; my surgeon highly recommends this before surgery to build you up and after surgery for nutrition. I found that the chocolate flavor tastes really good. I would swirl it in my blender with some ice and make a smoothie.

      10 days ago
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      I lived off of instant breakfast. I would make it in the blender and add fresh fruit at times. I also kept a lot of frozen fruit in the freezer and made smoothie with the fruit, yogurt, fruit juice and basically anything I felt like adding that day.

      8 days ago
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    OldGuy asked a questionGallbladder Cancer

    Who has had a bone marrow biopsy?

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      Actually, what they do is insert a needle and aspirate some marrow for the pathologist to examine. They deaden the area and give you pain killers or sedation if desired. No drilling. I have had about a dozen of them. Bi-lateral biopsy once. All are walk-in-walk-out. My worst, I was sore at the needle site for about two weeks - but soreness more than pain. Most of them I barely felt afterwards. My last one I did with local anesthetic only. No sedation or Fentanyl lollipop. Easy peasy. Now the actual marrow aspiration is a fairly strong, but dull pain for 2-3 seconds, then it's gone. They might need 2-3 samples, but maybe not.

      The thing is, like the website YELP, you rarely hear about the good or the best, only the worst.

      5 months ago
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      I had one done over 30 years ago, what I remember about it is they told me that they could deaden the area around the hip, but couldn't deaden the bone. But, I shouldn't feel much because they would give me a shot and some other medicine that would make me forget that period of time. It was strange, but it worked. I don't remember much about that whole day. All in all, it wasn't that bad of a procedure.

      5 months ago
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      I was not given any medications and if I were to need it again, I would for sure ask for some. The Dr numbed the area and numbed the area around the bone, but it was a "blind" test, so when she went back in to take the marrow she missed the numbed spot. She said " I missed" I was like, " you think!?" I would definitly ask for something to make you less anxious.

      5 months ago
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