Jun 23, 2002 - 2:56 pm
I just completed my 6 cycles of Carbo/Taxol on 15 May 2002. Although each treatment took more and more out of me I was still able to stay on schedule. However, I really feel like the side effects have been getting worse. Besides feeling tired and beat up all the time I'm having this pain, that's somewhat controlled by pain killers. I was told that I could experience Peripheral Neuropathy as a result of the Chemo, but all I've read describes it as having tingling and/or numbness sensations. The pain started in my hands and wrists, went up my arms and is now creeping into my shoulders and across my upper back. So far, I have minimal pain in my calves and ankles and have some swelling in my hands and face. I find that it's getting harder to get out of bed in the mornings, I can barely turn over because of the pain. If my body is in any one position, sleeping or sitting, for any length of time it freezes up and I'm actually crippled until I'm able to work it out. Has anyone experenced these feelings and gotten better?
Does anyone know how this Chemo might effect the stomach and bowels?
Also, has anyone heard what Chemo drugs can increase the risk of developing leukemia?
So many questions...
Thanks, and God Bless you all