Mar 24, 2010 - 1:33 pm
After the first treatment, he wound up in the hospital with 0 white blood count and a fever. That determined he would receive the Neulasta shot after chemo. After the second treatment and shot, he wound up in the hospital with 0 WBC, fever and severe pain. His pain meds were adjusted and Dr prescribed an antibiotic for after the next round to combat the fever. Well that seemed to work because after round 3 he stayed out of the hospital (no fever), but he still got the severe pain throughout his legs, stomach, hands (and always chest). It usually lasted about 3-4 days before it subsided. Dr said it's from the Neulast shot. Dr explained that Neulasta affects the bone marrow to create WBC's. He gave Lou a different pain med to try, but he had bad effects.
This time, round 4, we are going on the 5th day of this severe pain. Lou had a Dr appt this morning. I was hoping that the Dr would suggest something. Well, not so. He just said it's from the Neulasta shot that this is the BAD week. At least the antibiotics are working so far he hasn't gotten a fever...though his WBC was still low this morning.
Lou doesn't want to try a different pain med. He said the one he's on is fine for the pain he normally has...just not this Neulasta shot pain he gets in his legs.
I just feel so helpless. It breaks my heart to see him in so much pain and not be able to help him. Though anything I suggest he try, he just says NO.
He had a CT scan 2 weeks ago and it showed his tumors have shrunk 50%!! We were so happy to hear that all this misery for him is having positive results. He will have 3 more treatments then another CT scan.
Well, thanks for letting me vent.....at least I feel better.