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Jan 10, 2008 05:56PM
Jan 11, 2008 02:07PM
I am halfway through a course of 4 rounds of TC. I go for my third round in 4 days. It hasn't been a piece of cake, I will say. I kept a daily record of the first round:
Day 1: Felt great
Day 2: Queasiness, unsteady on feet
Day 3: Queasy, bad headache, bone pain, constipation, mouth sores
Day 4: Queasy, bad headache, sharp bone pain, stomach pain, mouth sores
Day 5: Queasy, headache, bone pain, general weakness, tingling in scalp, metallic taste in mouth
Day 6: Feel much better, still have metallic taste
Day 7: Feel ok, itchy scalp, metallic taste, thrush mouth, itching and tingling in lips and tongue
Day 8: Feel ok; itchy scalp; metallic taste; rash on back, arms, hands, stomach, face
Day 9: Feel ok, itchy scalp, metallic taste, rash itches, lips and tongue feel sunburned, fingers purple and tingling
Day 10: Metallic taste, fingers very sensitive, very weak, stomach cramps, dizzy
Day 11: Queasy, very achy and weak, headache, very dizzy, stomach cramps, no appetite, thrush, very sensitive fingers and lips . . . feel sunburned, metallic taste continues
Day 12: Achy and weak, queasy, stomach cramps, metallic taste continues, fingers & lips sensitive
Day 13: Feel better, have fewer stomach cramps, metallic taste getting worse, hair is starting to fall out
Day 14-21: Feel MUCH better.
The second round was different. The queasiness was less, the sharp "bone pain" (actually arms, legs, feet, & jaw) & joint pain lasted only two days. I had thrush only one day, and no neuropathy (tingling in extremities). What I had this time, though, was overwhelming fatigue and aches and depression for two weeks. I had just had tissue expander surgery before this round, so maybe that contributed to the fatigue and depression. I plan to have a talk with my oncologist, because I don't want to be non-functioning for two weeks ever again! So . . . I guess chemo affects everyone differently. And . . . each round may be different from the round before. Pain killers can cause constipation . . . I found that 1 or 2 Dulcolax every day helps with that. Also, I got through the pain at various times with Percoset, Vicodin, and Dilaudid (a form of morphine), but am trying not to take anything unless I really need it.
We are all hanging in there, and counting the days until we are done! BTW, my nails are fine, and I have a great wig. I do have a few eyelashes left and a hint of eyebrows. Good luck!
9/6/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-