Sep 13, 2012 - 8:16 pm
i am in the second week of cycle 2 (R-CHOP on september 4 with a Neulasta shot the day afterward.) the first cycle i didn't have much in the way of side-effects at all,just a little tiredness. they had to delay my second chemo a week to give me time to build up the ol' neutrophils (that's why the Neulasta shot). people told me i'd have bone pain because of the Neulasta, but so far nothing, except that today i feel kinda achy in the hip & pelvic spine. (took some tylenol, which helped). i had the shot nine days ago, so i'm wondering if this pain is due to the Neulasta or just me getting freaky.
also i noticed the prednisone crash a LOT more this time. very gassy, slightly nauseated, really really REALLY tired and completely un-motivated to do much more than lie on the couch and watch romantic movies. (thank the godz for jane austen! colin firth in the BBC version of "Pride & Prejudice" might not give eyesight to the blind, but he sure cheered me up.)also a lot more depressed and weepy (bawled my eyes out over "sleepless in seattle"), but i suppose that the whole thing is finally sinking in. however, my daughter tells me i look fabulous, which is more consolation than i thought it would be. i feel like s--t on toast, but i look great...well, that's something. i knew those gorgeous hats from etsy would be a good investment.
what i want to ask is whether these side-effects get worse with each cycle, or is this another thing that's highly individual? what happens after the "i-am-woman-hear-me-roar" phase recedes to the background?