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Jul 21, 2017 10:47AM
jworrell, make sure that your nursing and oncology team know about your restless legs. I had leg discomfort so severe when doing Taxol (I did 4 dose dense, on a two week cycle, not weekly) that I was prescribed morphine just to get some sleep. I also ended up with pretty severe neuropathy by the end (both hands and feet) but my feet are still not normal, after more than 2 years I did not ice, but you might ask about whether icing your hands and feet during infusions might help.
AC was rough for me, too. Some things about Taxol that were different from the AC were, for me:
*. I had a bunch or neurological symptoms, including some expressive aphasia (searching for words - chemobrain), some facial tics and eye twitches, some incontinence - by the end, i would joke that I couldn't cough without peeing my pants, and any flatulence was only safely expressed in the bathroom!
*. My tummy tended to be very acid, though that was kept under control with OTC Zantac (300 mg/day). I was still pretty nauseated, so it might have been related to the masses of anti emetic drugs I was consuming
*. Watch your fingernails and toenails. I moisturized mine and kept them polished, but they got pretty loose.
2 down, 10 to go. You've got this!
12/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Right
1/7/2015, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
1/7/2015, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/11 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
1/13/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right
10/20/2015 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left
10/27/2015, LCIS/DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
5/25/2016 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right
AC + T (Taxol)