Mar 10, 2014 - 11:00 pm
I had my 9 of 12 FOLFOX chemotherapy today, and I had a couple questions. It should be noted that they pulled the 5FU bolus (I still have the 2-day fanny pack) last time because my labs kept tanking and they didn't want to keep delaying treatment.
So my first question...does anyone ever feel kind of "panty" the first day and evening? I feel like I'm panting a bit just walking to the bathroom, and I'm breathing through my mouth because I don't feel I'm getting quite enough air though my nose. It's better when I sit down, though my pulse is still pretty high. Is this normal from the chemo? Is this because my CBC numbers are low? (red cells and hematocrit are still moderately low).
Also, do I need to be worried that my lymphocytes are low now? My neutrophils (the one the doctors seems to look most closely at to determine if they will go ahead with chemo) have rebounded nicely, but my lymphocytes were a bit low now. Can anyone explain the difference and if this is of concern?
I'm also trying to pinpoint the cause of some unsteadiness I've been having on my feet. The doc's first question involves neuropathy, but I can feel my feet just fine and haven't had any numbness or tingling there. My hands have had a couple episodes of tingling for a couple hours and then it passes. So I guess my thoughts for this recent bout of unsteadiness are - neuropathy anyway? A side effect of low blood counts? I've lost about 30 pounds since before and during surgery recovery (they had me on a low-residue diet due to the obstruction, and I had a hard time getting proper calories during that time, though I am eating fairly normally now) - is my center of gravity just off now due to the weight loss?
I realize answers would likely be speculative, but I'm curious if anyone has experienced these issues or has any insights.