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karenack
karenack Member Posts: 90
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Hi all. I am 17 days out of my last chemo treatment. During each treatment, in addition to my Neulasta shots I had to have a shot for my low red blood count each time. I know that my red blood problem is responsible for my tiredness, but it has been several weeks since my last chemo round. I made myself get out last week a couple of times to run some errands and it nearly killed me. When I get out of bed in the morning, I can hardly move. My legs and hips hurt so badly and I am walking around like a 90 year old woman and I am only 43. Did any of you have similar problems and what did you do to get through it? Should I call my onc. to see if they want to run a CBC to check my levels? Also, my eyes are irritated and they burn all the time. I feel like I have just peeled a really strong onion. My nose also runs all of the time....Anyone having similar issues? Help!

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  • lovonna
    lovonna Member Posts: 78
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    I will share my chemo experience with you, but I am afraid it is not a very good one. My oncologist planned on 6 treatments for me, after my third treatment I,like you, was VERY tired and weak four weeks later. My blood counts were good but I was so weak I couldn't open a can of soda.

    I am 45 and felt 90 plus also. When I returned for my fourth treatment 3 weeks after my 3rd my doc gave me steroids and glucose and sent me home. I then returned a week later with the same symptoms plus my blood pressure bottomed out. The decision was made to stop my treatments.

    Your oncologist might give you something to "boost" you and it may work for you, my body just didn't take well to chemo or the "boost" stuff.

    I never experienced the burning eyes or nose running. You don't mention which treatment you are on, are you just starting, close to ending, or in the middle.

    You might want to call your oncologist and at least let them know what your symptoms are. I will say a prayer for you. God Bless, LoVonna
  • karenack
    karenack Member Posts: 90
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    lovonna said:

    I will share my chemo experience with you, but I am afraid it is not a very good one. My oncologist planned on 6 treatments for me, after my third treatment I,like you, was VERY tired and weak four weeks later. My blood counts were good but I was so weak I couldn't open a can of soda.

    I am 45 and felt 90 plus also. When I returned for my fourth treatment 3 weeks after my 3rd my doc gave me steroids and glucose and sent me home. I then returned a week later with the same symptoms plus my blood pressure bottomed out. The decision was made to stop my treatments.

    Your oncologist might give you something to "boost" you and it may work for you, my body just didn't take well to chemo or the "boost" stuff.

    I never experienced the burning eyes or nose running. You don't mention which treatment you are on, are you just starting, close to ending, or in the middle.

    You might want to call your oncologist and at least let them know what your symptoms are. I will say a prayer for you. God Bless, LoVonna

    Dear LoVonna, Thanks for sharing your experience. I was taking dose dense A/C and I have finished all of my treatments. I think that I will call my onc Monday and see what they say.
  • Susan956
    Susan956 Member Posts: 510
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    Karen,
    Try to give it time. I was 48 when I was diagnosed and spent most of my 49th year in treatment. For about 3 months after my last Chemo... I felt like a 90 year old woman... It took time... I made myself walk first, then made myself loose weight... (I gained close to 20 pounds in treatment). and then finally started going to the gym... and yes even became close to a health food finatic... not really... just started eating what I should rather than being a junk food junkie... I am now 50 and back to my old antics... So give it time and hopefully... each day you will feel more and more like your old self...

    (((((( Hugs))))))))

    P.S. those are to make you smile...

    Take Care... God Bless....

    Susan
  • KathiM
    KathiM Member Posts: 8,028 Member
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    Susan956 said:

    Karen,
    Try to give it time. I was 48 when I was diagnosed and spent most of my 49th year in treatment. For about 3 months after my last Chemo... I felt like a 90 year old woman... It took time... I made myself walk first, then made myself loose weight... (I gained close to 20 pounds in treatment). and then finally started going to the gym... and yes even became close to a health food finatic... not really... just started eating what I should rather than being a junk food junkie... I am now 50 and back to my old antics... So give it time and hopefully... each day you will feel more and more like your old self...

    (((((( Hugs))))))))

    P.S. those are to make you smile...

    Take Care... God Bless....

    Susan

    Susan!

    Haven't you heard????? The FIRST 50 are the toughest....the NEXT 50....party time!!! Come on in, the water is GREAT!!!

    Hugs, Kathi