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deanna14
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Does anyone have any tips for the nausea. I had only mild nausea with the 2nd treatment. Today has been rough. I am taking Compazine and Zofran. Trying to keep down soda crackers and ginger ale. I'd appreciate any ideas.
Thanks.

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lindaprocopio
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so all I have is a hug. (((((Deanna))))) Feel better.

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Teresa 61
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Deanna, sorry to hear you feeling bad. Wish I knew of something that would hep you......

deanna14
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Thank you for just being here to listen and understand. I am feeling better now... hopefully the worst of it has passed.

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shortmarge
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I only drank ginger ale. Hope you feel better...

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deanna14
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Feeling a lot better today. Thanks for listening.

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fuzzytrouble
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I am glad you are feeling better today. When I got sick they told me it was o.k. to take the Nausea medication when I got home from having my treatment even though I had it with the treatments. This is what they gave me and it works great 1st pill is PROCHLORPERAZINE,
2nd if needed is LORAZEPAM. I haven't had too much nausea but the pills helped. I hope you find something to do the job.

Sharon

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barb55
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I had a terrible bout of nausea and vomiting after my first chemo treatment. I ended up in the Emergency Room very sick, dehydrated and with a migraine. After that I took Emend before each treatment and the nausea never was as serious. It's an expensive pill but was very effective. Ginger ale and ginger tea felt good after that. Feel better.

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I have not had any nausea, but part of my post chemo treatment is to take Dexamethasone 4 mg two pills and compazine 10 mg twice a day for three days. Don't know if that makes a difference or not, but I have not been nauseated. I also heard that smelling peppermint oil also helps the nausea. I have not had to use that either, but I have some just in case. I also read that peppermint tea or ginger can help nausea. Hope you are feeling better today.

deanna14
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I am feeling so much better. I too was taking Compazine every 6 hours... I don't know what happened. My husband went and filled the RX of Zofran and after a got a couple of doses of it on board with the Compazine, I started to feel better. I am going to ask for the Lorazepam for next time. I think if I could have just slept through the worst of it I would have been so much better. I couldn't sleep and ached and couldn't take the pain reliever as I was too nauseous. Wow... I hope that doesn't happen the next 3 times, but I'm sure I will be better prepared after I talk to the doctor! I think I will also get the peppermint oil, and peppermint tea and ginger! One can never be too prepared for that nonsense!
Mind if I ask how you girls deal with the constipation. I understand if that is too personal. Every one of those nausea meds causes it, on top of the chemo. High fiber foods are hard to stomach when nauseated. What a terrible cycle to be caught in... wondered if it was contributing to the nausea???
Sorry to whine... I truly am feeling much better and starting eating again last evening. I hope you are doing well.
Sharon... I hope your new blood cells are growing and dividing!
So happy no one else has had the vomiting and horrible nausea.
Hugs to all, thanks for your help and concern!

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lindaprocopio
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I only had that one bout with constipation, but it was enough to make me really afraid to take the anti-nausea pills again, and so far my nausea was never as bad as that single bout with constipation. First off, let me say that constipation is SERIOUS when you are deep into your chemo rounds like you are, so if 3 days go by and you don't 'go', you need to call your doctor. You can't afford to be embarrassed. If your platelets are low and you strain hard, you can burst blood vessels internally even behind your eyes and requiring hospitalization, and if you have any internal neuopathy you can get plugged up pretty bad, and combined with low immunity, any small tears from straining can be a bad situation, too. So please, I hope none of you take constipation lightly; you want to get some intervention going ASAP. The stool softeners (not laxatives, just the softeners) can't hurt you and I would encourage you to take a couple before bed any time you are taking meds that make your system sluggish. That one time when I hit my 3rd day without 'going', after having taken stool softeners and even a laxative and still nothing, I gave myself an enema. (SOOOO gross; I was totally grossed out by it!) But it did the trick and I was fine from then on. I spoke to another woman at chemo that called her chemo nurse after 3 days of constipation and they gave her a prescription for a combination of over-the-counter remedies that did the trick for her. I understand that walking regularly really helps with this issue. Diahrea is serious and constipation is serious, and you never know what will trigger either! It's funny that when you're in cancer treatment, if you can eat and sleep and drink and poop normally, it's really a good day!! ((((Deanna))))

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daisy366
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Hi all,

I had a problem a couple of times - the worst after round 5. I found success in the preventive approach - day before treatment lots of water (as usual), prunes, stool softener, and high fiber foods -like Fiber One. Seems to work. Linda, I didn't realize about the blood vessels and possible damage to the eyes - thanks for all the good info.

Hugs to all,

Mary Ann (aka Daisy)

deanna14
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Here we are supposed to be grown ups and it comes down to just that. If you can eat, sleep, drink and poop it's a really good day and you feel good. I've never gone that long without "going", but thank you for reminding me how important it is. I am realizing after 3 treatments that I am not quite as "with it" for a few days after treatment as I would like to be. It's like I don't think straight and I need reminding of some of the routine things. I guess that's chemo brain. I am also finding that I have a bad case of the dropsies. I drop everything I touch. Today, I pulled the back door of my Tahoe down on my head when I was closing it! Talk about clutsy!

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Ro10
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I know what you mean about not being quite with it for a few days after chemo. I blame it on the decadron and compazine i take for three days after. Or maybe it is chemo brain. I have not had any problems with constipation, but since my surgery, I drink apple juice and eat raisins when I need them. These both help me not be constipated. Raisins are high in iron, too. I even think my stools have been more loose after chemo. Sorry about your sore head. Sounds like something I would do. Hope you had a hat on to protect your head a little bit. Is your head less sore from your hair loss, now? I still have itching, especially when it is time to go to bed. The baby oil does help the itching. Hope tomorrow is a better day.

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lindaprocopio
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One of my friends, a man who happens to be bald, told me that he finds that hair helps keep you from banging your head. He said that since he went bald, he has hit his head any number of times. His theory is that, if you had hair, before your head actually KONKED the hard object, your hair brushes it first and tickles your scalp soon enough for you to adjust and come up slower or duck or weave before impact. Made sense to me, and explains why I also seem to bump my bald head against opened cabinet doors and low-hanging branches, etc. It's not chemo brain as much as a lack of a warning system you've come to count on that is no longer there.

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shortmarge
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Almost two months after chemo and I'm still dropping things!!! Went out Friday night to see the Riverdance, (don't have to wear a hat anymore yeah!) and got home to realize I had two different earrings in. I think it's chemo brain and instant menopause brain!

MIND, BODY AND SOUL.

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deanna14
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I'm glad that I'm normal then, or at least that I'm not alone! lol I have a hat with me at all times, but find myself taking it off more and more. I guess I'm growing accustomed to being bald. Just in time for the warmer weather too. I have so many hot flashes that I have to shed the hat. I may find myself sporting the plain bald look without the head as the weather progressively warms.
It was 68 here today and I got hot in the car and my head was sweating. My husband laughed and laughed with me as I stuck my head out the window while he was driving down the highway.
I think you are correct about the instant menopause brain, I am finding it worse than chemo brain.
Man, I'm loving this not shaving thing! LOL

deanna14
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That sounds like a reasonable explanation. I keep bumping my head the last few days, but I think I've been much more active too. The konks hurt a lot more without hair for cushion!

deanna14
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I never thought to eat raisins. They aren't a fav of mine but they are small and snacky. I'll have to get some.
I did have a hat on and I have an abrasion today and small bruise. It was quite silly of me! lol oh well, I'm a clutz!
I do have some itching, but no more soreness. I've been using my facial moisturizer on my head too. Works pretty good. Occasional bumps now.
Keep your chin up... we are getting there.

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