Feb 04, 2012 - 7:25 pm
Hello gentle folks,
It's been a while since I posted on the forum. I have checked it out only a couple of times lately. Hope all of you are doing fine. It's been 2.5 years since my treatment ended for T2-N0-M0 NPC. I am happy to report that I am still in remission. However, I have been experiencing some side effects of the chemo / radiation treatment. I was wondering if others have experienced similar side effects and if and how they have handled / overcome them.
- I have noticed that I have a greenish mucous in the nose and throat most notably in the morning. Nasal rinse which I do daily helps a lot but teh mucous still lingers some days more than others and is back every day. I developed pneumonia last year when I traveled. I just got another sinus infection which is being treated by antibiotics. It seems like my immune system is not very strong and when I don't get enough rest or get stressed the bacteria take over.
- I feel cold in the hands and feet. The feeling seems to be getting worse over time. I am on levthyroxine 150 mg and my TSH and T4 levels have been normal. My energy levels have been reasonable and I get close to 8 hrs sleep. I have been trying to walk every day on treadmill(not in the last week due to the infection) and that helps with the cold a bit. However, the feeling of coldness especially in the hands is quite bothersome. have been experimenting with gloves.
- I have been losing mass (muscle as well as fat) around the neck and face area (where I got radiation). My cheeks have slowly been sinking in and the neck feels quite weak and is becoming more and more prone to spasms. I have not lost much weight, if any, over the last year. (I am a male 43 yo, 5'7'', 156 lbs). The face thining is quite depressing but I would say I have handled it ok so far. I hope it doesn't get any worse, if not better!
- I have struggled with heartburn and stomach irritation type of issues in the last two years. Have done a ton of tests. In the end, the only thing they found was that I was lactose-intolerant and had moderate gastritis. I have experimented a bit with various foods and supplements and as for now it's somewhat under control with Prevacid 15mg.