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February Chemo Starters 2018

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Yes..thank you for replying...my main worry is infection?

 

lets hope we can avoid itxx

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Hi Moijan and Chrissy

My finger nails are very sore indeed. Toe nails are a little sore but nothing like my fingers. Just hope I am not going to lose any as that freaks me out.


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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

I’m concerned Re nail beds..,have sore fingers...Chrissy are your fingers sore too?

 

i may get cellulitis if my nails fall out.

 

has anyone had nail problems?

 

Mx

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Welcome Daisy

Sorry to hear you've struggled with your most recent round of chemo and found out your new man isn't the person you thought he was. We're a lovely bunch here even if i do say so myself lol.

T

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Hi daisy

welcome to the group . Sorry to hear you felt so bad on T I too have my 5th T on Tuesday so I hope I’m not so bad.The first one wasn’t too bad except terrible back ache and tiredness. we have a wedding to go to at day 12 . My finger nails are starting to lift and are tender now . Has anyone else this problem ?

 

hope everyone else gets on ok and is feeling a bit more normal 

chrissy x

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Hi everyone, sorry to have arrived so late to to the party, but I've been reading the thread and  wish I'd found you all sooner. I was diagnosed in December, grade 3 invasive ductal, and operated on (lumpectomy and sentinal node) two day after Christmas. I too was a February starter, FECT. I've cold capped and kept all of my hair so far, although it could still go after this (5th) T and another one still to go. I've certainly found this T phase harder, I bounced back from the FEC and the first T, and apart from the actual chemo day (Thursday) and the following day, I was back at work the following week. Not this time though, it absolutely floored me. Practically spent the whole week in bed, not sick or feverish or anything like that, just exhausted.

 

Also going through a divorce and the man I left him for turns out to be a bit of a dickhead, so just dumped him too. In for a penny...

 

Anyway ladies, just thought I'd introduce myself. And we're almost there. killer drugs wise. I've got radio next, but somehow that feels less scary.

 

Daisy xxxx

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Thanks for the tip re the reflux Chrissy I will give my GP a call. No need for medical exemption card as all prescription in Scotland are free. However if there's something I can get over the counter I will probably just get that.
Green Damsel I haven't been out shopping for ages but will be getting some coconut water when I go tomorrow.
Great news Bibi on the scan. It must be a great relief.
I finally seem to be improving today. Had a good sleep last night and have been able to get out for a good walk with the dog. Yesterday I started off feeling pretty good but was asleep on the couch by 2pm!
I have just been touching up my nails which are a lovely gothic purple. Not seen any changes so far. It's quite a novelty for me to have painted nails- they usually chip so fast I can't be bothered but maybe this life of leisure isn't all bad!
I saw the article about exercise. I know that when I do get outside in the fresh air it really helps but there have been so many days when I have felt really awful that I would hate to feel under pressure to exercise. You can only do what your body tells you. I do wonder if any of the doctors who wrote the report have been through a chemotherapy treatment themselves?
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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Hi Chrissy

I only got around to painting my nails a couple of weeks ago, after cycle 4 of Docetaxel & Capecitibane, as they had been sore for a while. Like you i removed the varnish today, fingers only, to see what was underneath as they had become really sore and doing everyday tasks was becoming a pain in the bum. My nails have horizontal dark pink lines on them and they are discoloured but no lifting as yet. Will check my toes later.

T

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Hello everyone 

have had first T and turning the corner except half tooth fell out so got to have filling Monday if I’m not neutropenic. ( luckily I found out to get checked as dentist never said , what a terrible thought that could have been .

moijan - hope your leg pains get better soon.

weeburd- don’t buy your scripts have you got medical exemptions card . I was on lansoperazole and gaviscon but didn’t help towards end of FEC I’m now on omperazole and it’s worked brilliant so go to your GP Or ring them like I did and they organised over the phone (telephone consultation- you won’t pick up bugs then )

 

jude51 I totally understand you with back ache . I have a repeat bone scan on 21st may due to lumbar changes I was told I’m hoping that it’s due to the op or the Gcfs injections I heard can cause them and I hope that it’s not bone cancer . 

Bibi - I wish we had a holiday home oh I so need a break and the family but eldest daughter starts GCSES so not good time to go away and Youngest daughter is 12 and stroppy ! Ahhhhh !

Green damsel thankyou for the tip on coconut water will add to my tesco shop .

 

i know it’s not major but has anyone had fingernail changes I had ridges already but the white nail bit is going down the beds so not sure if lifting from beds . I did paint gothic colour but chipping so took it off to discover what was underneath.

 

2nd T (5th cycle ) due Tuesday good luck everyone talk about wishing my time away . Is anyone going for radio after ? 

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Feeling positive! Had scan and the little bugger has shrunk! 

Was feeling really nervous going in as last times hadn’t shown any change - but thanks to 2 rounds of T and Trastuzumab and  Pertuzumab it looks like it is responding. See my oncologist Tuesday and hopefully last chemo next Thursday 🤞😊

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Lovely to hear you have had a better time on your second T Bibi. Had mine this morning - enjoying the steroid high currently although taste buds already starting to shut down. Going to our local Haven tomorrow morning if well enough to get some advice hopefully re my previous gastric nightmare.Have got Lansoprazole, Buscopan,peppermint capsules all lined up and will do my best to avoid Brufen 🤞

Had my ultra sound yesterday  but waited an hour in our packed breast clinic with loads of people coughing and spluterring- grrr! Have got this far without picking up an infection- don't want one now. Bibi hope your sneezing this settled!

Hoping everyone is doing ok xxx

 

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Hi all - hope all the problems are getting sorted for you - Wee Burd I suffered terribly with acid reflux on first FEC and am on Omeprazole- not a hint of it since - can recommend - can buy a version of it from high street chemists called Nexium. 

I have been feeling really well on this second round of T and have been away for a few days in our Motorhome- it was bliss, cycling, walking, birdwatching, fresh air and general chilling - feel very refreshed and ready to tackle last cycle next week ! Scan tomorrow to check on progress and feeling hopeful there has been shrinkage. Have come back sneezing though and am hoping it’s not going to develop into a cold.

There has been a lot of discussion about exercise and cancer in the news the last few days - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/07/cancer-if-exercise-was-a-pill-it-would-be-prescribed...

What do you think? 

I have tried to keep active as much as I can and don’t expect to be wrapped in cotton wool but there have been days when I have felt so sick or fatigued I couldn’t have managed any exercise. I’m sure keeping active is good for the soul as well as the body but it would be awful if people were made to feel guilty if they weren’t exercising when feeling really ill.

stay well everyone xxx

 

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Hi Wee Burd,

 

Sorry  that the ‘T’ has been such a low but it sounds as if you are coming out the other side of it.

 

 Have you tried coconut water (unsweetened variety) to help with the acid reflux? I found it to be one of the drinks which I didn’t loose the taste for and it seems to calm any grumbling tummy as well. No idea if there’s any logic or science to it but the chemo nurses were enthusiastic about it as well.

It can be a bit pricey but if you keep an eye out for 2for1 deals in supermarkets it’s a bit gentler on the purse.

 

Hope you’re feeling better, the end is on the horizon so hang on in there.

 

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Hi All,

 

thanks so much for your good wishes and supportive comments - it means so much Heart

After all my recent misery I'm pleased to report that my oncology pharmacist was right - I did feel absolutely awful - pretty much at rock bottom - but it is passing and I am beginning to feel much more human again.

 

I'm finding it more difficult now to find a drink that it enjoyable and refreshing - now feeloing that I am suffering a bit from acid reflux: any tips from the other reflux sufferers on how to keep this to a minimum?  At the moment I'm just taking Tesco brand antacid tablets and not keen to have to move on to anything too much stronger than that if I can avoid it.

 

I actually recovered enough on Sunday to go along to my neighbours' for a barbecue which was lovely in the sunshine, even though I couldn't eat much and alcohol was definitely off the menu!  Yesterday was really nice too and I managed a bit of weeding, although I paid for that this morning with a really sore back.  Hoping the upward trend continues, as I'm doing the Race for Life on Sunday with my pals, in memory of our friend who died of lung cancer (never a smoker) last November, and I need to be able to walk 5 km by then.

 

In the meantime I am not sure how to feel about the fact that my husband seems to be enjoying giving me my daily injections!  Maybe he's just glad it's the only time I ever seem to be quiet!!Smiley Very Happy

 

Hugs to everyone going through their next round this week xx

 

 

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Hi Ladies,

 

What glorious weather - hopefully some of you have been able to enjoy some of it.

 

Wee Burd - hope you are feeling a little improved today - sounds like its been pretty rough. Good on you for keeping the sense of humour !!

 

Chrissy - Hope you are feeling a little better and that no other catastrophes have occured - now is not the time for all this extra stress. Drinks can be a nightmare - i just force myself to drink whatever...not always pleasant especially water but def feel better for getting it down. I've had a mastectomy but no reconstruction so cant help there - is it still painful ?

 

Macneech - good luck for wed...almost there ! As for lymph node removal i had 17 removed, 4 of which were positive. I'm guessing they will remove all to ensure nothing left behind.

 

Miss Green - so pleased you got your results and positive ones at that...one less thing to worry about. 

 

Well im day 4 after 2nd dose of weekly Paclitaxel and feel a bit guilty for saying that all is good. I forgot to take the first dose of Ondansetron afterwards so didnt bother at all - only 2 days. So good not to have any tablets or injections - makes life seem a bit more normal. I suppose my main issue is the night sweats but if thats all i have to put up with at present im ok with that. Nose has been bleeding a little when blowing it but platelets fine so not concerned. Haven't notice any eye problems but I have an eye check every year as mum has glaucoma so will mention it when i'm next there.  

 

Big hugs to all  - we're getting there ! xxx

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Oh Wee Burd- sorry to hear you have been feeling so rough.Sounds like you may have had an infection if you were shivers? Having rigous?? Was your temperature alright? I am thinking that those of us that get an inflamed bowel are at risk of an infection called C - difficile - if your diarrhoea doesn' settle i  would ring for some advice .😗

I  have had more general muscle aches/ joint aches come on despite being at the end of the cycle - bit weird.

Wonder whether to take loratidine again - 😞

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Hi ladies, yes, I’m also suffering a bit..Saturday was day three....and my legs again have tendency to swell, and my eyes are pretty sore. I even find that putting things on my head is uncomfortable...but I’ve now had 12 Paclitaxel in 4 cycles, and I’m finding it accumulative.

 

i think taxol and taxotere seem to have similar side effects...but I recall during my primary...I coped better.

 

the heat is also affecting me......I’m very envious of everyone who can just go out in the hot sun and also maybe even get away on holiday?

 

hope things get better for all of usxx

 

M🤗

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Wee Burd, sending you a hug, your SE's sound awful. I didn't have the same symptoms as you, (I did have the sweating at night, but I think that was mostly whilst I was on FEC) it seems to affect people in different ways. I had really painful legs and feet, which was definitely worse on my first round of T, so hopefully it's as Macneech says and the first one is our bodies adjusting to a new drug. Hope you feel much better soon x

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Jencat I hope that 2nd T is better for me. I don't think I could cope with going through this again. I feel like I've been run over by a bus! I couldn't get out of bed yesterday until after 5pm and after feeling shivery all day when I did get up I was dripping with sweat and couldn't get dry after my shower. By 9pm I was shivering again. Managed to get up at midday today and have finally felt like eating but it all seems to be going straight through me. Feeling very sorry for myself. The heatwave has finally reached us and I don't even feel like going out into the garden 😐
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Thank you Jencat,I am hoping next T will be easier.I had awful gastric issues last time.Although more bowels than stomach  I have carried on with daily lanzoprasole and have Buscopan and Wind preparations at the ready. I have heard that 4th chemo of Fec T is sometimes the worst as accumalative effect of Fec going into a new drug T.Fingers crossed for chemo 5 😕

Hope everyone is ok who had chemo this week.xx

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Macneech, I'm from the Oct thread. I found my 2nd T much easier than the first one. Also, I was advised it's better not to have a wig that's not too long as it can get straggly xx

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Good news Miss Green - it seems to be scan time for a lot of us.I have an ultra sound on Tues to review things .Thank you for advice 're  eyes Moijan.Mine seem to turn the taps on day 14 onwards for Fec and first T and I have blurry vision/tired eyes most of the way through( I  call it the zombie effect).

Second T for me weds - hoping for less side effects.

Went to have my short wig shaped today - normally used to long hair but worried my shoulder lenth wig will get straggly/ Barbie effect.Still not sure about short hair - need some adjustment time. Hairdresser said she thought I  had new growth!!😀

Bit scared that on Breast ca Facebook page some ladies have commented that their hair has come back varying shades from white to grey before their original colour eventually grows through! I suppose we should grateful for hair coming back at all!

Hopefully everyone is getting some enjoyment from the nice weather xx

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I should have clarified re doxetaxol, in 2001 it was a fairly new drug and the doses were much higher than they are now, i was offered it as an extra because I was high risk with so many lymph nodes and lack of a clear margin....I have noticed that they do give it differently nowadays, a lower dose, also Paclitaxel..is given at a lower dose.

 

I already had varying  high eye  pressures,  before I was diagnosed with bc....the blind spot appeared some time after...can’t recall when, but, it is just on the borders of my normal visual field......and I kept telling the eye unit about it, but the field tests they did were not wide Enough! Some years later, Moorfields took over this eye unit, did a wider scan....then. I got a phone call saying I needed an emergency brain scan! I had a brain mri, nothing was found and I guess they had been worried about a missed tumour!  However, we suspect  it was the Docetaxel.

 

the nurses in my chemo unit mentioned a few weeks ago, that Paclitaxel does change your prescription, so not to get new glasses till it’s finished. Because I have been getting sore blurred eyes, I so far, have booked into Specsavera twice for an eye health check......and today, they told me that my pressures are a little high, but that my vision hasn’t changed since,my last eye check which was a great comfort to me and I will have as many as I need for reassurance —-if my eyes keep giving me trouble.

 

but that’s just me...I’m older than most of you and the drugs seem to affect me more than they did in 2001.

And we have glaucoma in my family.

 

hope that helps put things into perspective. Oh, the optician today mentioned that Tamoxifen can change your prescription.....

 

 

moijanxx

 

 

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Woo! That’s great news Miss Green - always good to know the chemicals are doing something after all we go through with them. I have an ultrasound on Thursday no am hoping for some good news about shrinkage - last one showed it was stable but not changed , nodes descreased. So 🤞 -trying not to think about it and enjoying the nice weather. 

My eyes were watery on last cycle of Docetaxol but have not been to watery this time. Sometimes they just seem a bit more blurry than normal -hadn’t realised it was going to affect my actual sight Mojan, will need to get sight test after all finished .

I njoy the warmth everyone and take care if out in sun 🌞😎👩‍🌾⛱

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Hi All

Woo Hoo finally got my scan results. On the whole it's positive and the poison seems to be doing it's thing. One area has shrunk and one area is stable. The report missed one area off but that's being chased. Nothing's got worse which is the main thing.

Re eye issues -- last cycle mine were really watery but not this time around. I haven't noticed anything else but I will definitely be getting an eye test after treatment to make sure.

Re bowel issues -- I was bound up the first 2 cycles but too be honest I was not a regular kinda gal to start with. However, the last 2 cycles I have been more regular and to the extreme where intervention was required.

Just wanted to say I find this Feb Chemo group so helpful. Thanks ladies 😁. It's good to know you're not alone and there are people out there who pretty much know what you're going through. With the best will in the world loved ones, friends & colleagues can sympathise but don't know.

Hugs to all

T

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Hi wee burd

 

i sympathise re the toilet related thingy...was feeling so bloated yesterday, I added four tinned prunes to my bowl of mango and it seemed to work like a charm.....and it makes me feel better.

 

my main probs on Paclitaxel are fluid retention, my legs swell up a lot so now wearing thromboembolism stockings to combat that..had a dvt Doppler session at the hospital..no dvt thank goodness.

 

my real worry is my eyes, by the end of the day they feel either dry or raised pressure...am having a eye health check at 2pm as my Docetaxel treatment in 2001 caused me to lose a bit of peripheral vision...and Paclitaxel can cause glaucoma, so am off to get them checked as have always had high pressures on occasion.

 

 

do any of you have eye symptoms? I was reading the 2010 threads and those ladies had a lot of symptoms at that time?

 

hugs,

 

Moijanx

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Hi Chrissy I had surgery in December before starting chemo but it was lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy on left breast so scarring is on front of the breast and under the arm and all well away from my Hickman line which comes down into the chest just above my right breast so no interference with surgery site. I would speak to the chemo nurses about it as they might be able to arrange for you to be seen again to see if an adjustment is needed for the line.
As for drinks so far I have been drinking varieties of green tea - with ginger or lemon, also redbush tea and Tesco do an apple and cinnamon fruit infusion that sometimes fits the bill. I have developed a very sweet tooth and was drinking Irn Bru like there's no tomorrow but have gone off it again as the sugar tax means it's now full of artificial sweeteners which I detest. Lidl do a range of pressés and I really like their blood orange and cranberry one. They also do an apple one and a Sicilian lemonade. I have been finding it difficult recently to know what I want to eat or drink as everything tastes metallic. I have gone right off ordinary tea with milk but enjoying coffee, especially if I can get a mocha! Tending to avoid anything milky other than that as it's making me feel a bit nauseous.
I had dreadful constipation last time but ended up eating a couple of dried figs which got everything moving a bit too much however dried apricots were effective too without the "explosive" effects! I think I will go along these lines again if I need to although others seem to be having the opposite problem with docetaxel.
So sorry to hear about your garage. It's the last thing anyone needs to happen. Hopefully no more trouble coming your way xx
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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Afternoon all

Wee Burd your image of a rocket going off made me laugh out loud 😂 but know what you mean! 

My itch is in same place - thank goodness for the Aveeno - Miss Green I have some of the udderley cream - was using it but didn’t help the itch, but now hands are dry so maybe Ill go back to that for my hands.

Chrissy how awful having a break in - it’s the kind of thing that would just set me off on a bad day. On Monday I was in a real funk as I didn’t know what to do with myself- not really sick, not really well, tired, didn’t want to read/knit/ watch tv / have visitors- the weather was rubbish , thankfully Tuesday the sun came out and I felt better- but it’s hard work at times.

Drinks - bleuh- when the taste is bad there is nothing that seems to help - flavoured water, tonic water, ice pops, chewing gum - try them all but it’s hard to get rid of that taste. Herbal teas I do like - ginger, liquorice are my favourite.

Macneech I’m having surgery after chemo but no reconstruction planned yet. Got a second ultrasound scan next week to check on progress and decide on surgery dates. 

For the first time in ages I really craved salad yesterday - maybe the cake addiction will go, I’ll eat salad and the weight will go back to normal,🤞Our Motorhome came out yesterday - am feeling good , so hoping we will have a couple of nights away - v excited at the prospect.

Staybwell everyone xxxx

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Glad you're feeling better Wee Burd. Sounds like you were really poorly.

Chrissy sorry to hear about your garage. Hope it's not dragged you down too much. You have to go through without others making it worse. Glad you managed to get the tooth sorted.

I can see we're all struggling with taste and bad skin. What a club we belong to !! Does anyone else find themselves not drinking enough because everthing tastes bad or is it just me? Water, squash, tea, fizzy drinks.... they all just taste awful. I definitely found Aveeno worked in my skin but not on my hands. They are red raw, sore & will start peeling. - it's Hand & Foot Syndrome apparently. Forgot to mention it to the Onc so spoke to a nurse today and it may mean chemo gets adjusted. Can also get infected. She gave me some Diprobase but said udder cream can help too. So if any of you ladies are having hand & foot skin problems please speak your a nurse.

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Hi chrissy68 - so sorry to hear about your garage.none of us need anymore bad luck or bad things happen at this time.😔

As for drinks - I struggled with this one too.with FEC I drank cranberry juice (partly to try and avoid urinary infections) but I think my taste has been worse with Docetaxol and horrible for longer- day 15 and things just beginning to taste a bit better.I have not had so much of the cranberry post Docetaxol as had had awful colic/gripes and wind - thought it might be too acidic. So ended up with weak fruit tea - could taste this a litle!

As for the aches and your poor tooth - I found that everything felt tender(I had generalised tooth ache for a couple of days).The usual exhaustion.

Hope you begin to feel better soon - I had that lovely eureka moment last Sat when I knew I felt better - watery/ muzzy eyes - still windy but I can cope with that.Just can't believe that next weds I am due to go again! I should be grateful- number 5 out of 6 😀.

I haven't had my surgery yet but need to start thinking about it soon.I am due to have mastectomy with axillary clearance.(not sure if this means all my lymph nodes are going as how will they know which nodes have been cancerous if the chemo has hopefully zapped them - any thoughts???).I had 4+ enlarged on CT but only 1 biopsied positive.Also due to have temporary implant (overnight stay) rather than Diep as I assume because my boob is small - 34B/C.Any of you lovely ladies had or going to have this?.? Xxx

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Hello everyone sorry been bit quiet had my 1st doxcetaxel last tues was ok first few days then Sunday day 6 it all kicked in . So sleepy achy taste mouth changes and so constipated. Have been using movicol for constipation which finally has worked .
Wanted to ask any ideas on drinks to try as even water is yuk . Also is there anyone who has had surgery first and then chemo . My mastectomy implant side aches so much and where the Hickman is just touching hurts . Has anyone else experienced this . Today is my last day of giving myself GCSF injections but I’ve had horrible pelvic ache . Just taking no ibuprofen for pain relief .
On Sunday my molar cracked in half so have had to have temp filling my husband is scared to touch me incase I fall apart and to top it all our garage got broken into last wed morning . Luckily the neighbour had found our expensive hedge trimmers by her gate so I’m not going to bother to claim as the premium will go up .
Hope everyone is coping well like the pic wee bird and yes you are right it is like having really bad flu . I have never slept so much in my life x sleepy drawf would be proud of me x
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Thank you Macneech - oncology appointment went well today - the pharmacologist was very sympathetic. but not much to be said other than bloods are ok, we're fine to go ahead tomorrow and the side effects will be different next time! It's probably been something working away and because my immune system doesn't get the chance to recover fully each time I've really been struggling to fight something off. She has warned me that potentially I could feel like I've been hit by the flu by Friday/Saturday but that it should only last a couple of days and to focus on the fact that it WILL get get better.

I have started on the steroids today, so my appetite has come back from the weekend low.  We're having a little treat tonight of a nice and easy meal for 2 from Tesco, with pudding, so should hopefully have a relaxed night tonight.  I have about 4 1/2 hours' worth of Archers Omnibus and podcasts downloaded to my phone, a book to read and a colouring book and pencils ready to pack in my bag, as I will have to be monitored for 6 hours after this first dose of herceptin, but if I am like Jude and get Piriton before the treatment, I think I may well also end up knocked for 6!

I am still using the cold cap and my hair is holding out reasonably well - just have one really much thinner patch on one side where I think it is rubbing off on the pillowcase.  The oncologist suggested either wearing my turban to sleep (head gets a bit too hot) or a satin pillowcase, so I've ordered a couple to see if that helps.  I tried wearing the wig for my day out for the girls, and it looked really good, however I didn't feel that comfortable, so have just decided to embrace the baldness. I wear a hat outside - now that the sun is actually coming out a bit, I don't want to get sunburn on my scalp!  The air is quite clear here and even when it feels like you couldn't get burnt, it's easy to be caught out. I just wish it wasn't quite so grey!  Wishing that when it starts growing again, all those renewed cells will think they're teenagers and it will come in a lovely glossy brown again!

I too have found Aveeno cream is a real help for the itchy skin - at the moment the worst area is just under my bra line and below my cleavage - it's where the clamps and ends of my Hickman line sit and as I am wearing either a bra or a crop top day and night to hold everything steady the skin is getting no respite.  I don't even feel as if it gets showered properly as I have to keep the line out the water as much as possible. However, the Aveeno has been really soothing and helpful.

Pharmacologist has told me to expect joint/bone pains and just to use paracetamol and brufen to the max for it - but I will bear in mind the potential tummy troubles.  I have been avoiding milky things recently because of feeling seedy, and will probably continue to avoid them - other than delicious raspberry yoghurt from The Collective - highly recommended very tasty fresh live yoghurt if you have it available locally, feels like a luxury treat (and is quite dear for yoghurt!).  I'm hoping the steroids will help with being able to eat enough to counteract the brufen. Some days I feel like a walking test tube full of all these chemicals - frightened that if someone shakes me there will be an explosion from my poor tender backside and I'll take off like a rocket - lol !  Leaving you with a picture of the Wee Burd's Wee Baldy Bit!  See you on the other side ladies xxx

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Oh Wee Burd- sounds like you might have had a grumbling infection.Good to have been checked out but shame it spoilt your days away.Good luck with your chemo tomorrow. 

I saw my onc yesterday ( registrar) and hoped she might suggest best support for my gut symptoms.She wasn't very helpful other than offering me Buscopan on prescription.She said a dietiian referral wouldn't help!

-She said Brufen wouldn't aggravate it  - now not sure how to prevent/ deal with it 😔

I am having my good week although still having a few gripes/  headaches.Able to get out and about which keeps me sane. Can't believe only 7 days until  second T ( cycle 5). Touch wood no bad effects on my nails yet!! Can see slight red lines ( must have been from the Fec - decided not to use dark nail varnish,not yet been exposed to many uv  rays!)😎

Looks like the weather is supposed to improve - ready for my next cycle when I  need to be in bed!!

Need to stay positive - those having 6 cycles we are nearly there!!!

 

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Hi everyone hope you're all well today. I have been quiet lately as I have struggled a bit this time round. Thought it couldn't get any worse after my low point and I did have a good week when I managed to get out and about and was feeling fine. However at the end of last week I started feeling poorly again. Had chills and shivers and couldn't get warm. Felt better on Friday and set off with husband, dog and number 2 son to visit my mum and dad who live near Inverness about 3 hours away. It was supposed to be a lovely visit to reassure them that I am getting on fine with the treatment. Instead I ended up spending most of the weekend in bed either shivering uncontrollably or soaking in sweat 😕
I phoned the cancer treatment helpline and was sent in to the local hospital where they gave me a full check over and took bloods. All they could tell me was that I wasn't neutropenic- huge relief - but there was nothing to indicate that there was anything specifically wrong so was sent home again. I felt greatly improved today thank goodness. I have my oncology appointment tomorrow and all going well will be having my first round of docetaxel on Wednesday along with herceptin which is the whole basis for me doing the chemo in the first place. I have my nails painted a nice dark purple in preparation for the potential side effects.
I so admire all you ladies being so strong and positive through the trials and tribulations of this awful disease and treatment.
When I went out for lunch with my friends the other week we had such a lovely time reminiscing about the friend we lost to cancer last year that we signed up to do the Race for Life in Stirling - we will be walking rather than racing! Now I am wondering if I will be able to get round the course at all. Hey ho - things could easily be worse.
Take care everyone x
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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Hope you get some answers soon Miss Green xx

Bibi - good to hear you are doing ok. 

I get quite frustrated with food/drink as i think i want something especially if i enjoyed it very recently, then when i have it it either tastes disgusting (ususally very salty) or has me running to the loo ! Must admit yoghurt seems to be doing the latter the last 48 hrs which is a shame as its somethng i enjoy with fruit and granola for breakfast...or any time of the day for that matter. 

 

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Morning ladies - had a fairly quiet few days after round 5 - 🤞it seems to have passed without too much discomfort- certainly not as bad as last time . I also find ginger tea comforting when feeling queasy and seem to naturally not want milky things- and use soy milk when I do. 

Hope you are holding up Miss Green - not having a good understanding of what’s happening and waiting round for answers are both stressful - take care. 

Macneech I hope you have started to feel better  x.

Hubby has been a demon in the garden despite the dreadful weather and I’m hoping to get some plants in soon and wait for some warm weather to enjoy them. Have a good week everyone x 

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Hi Macneech

doxetaxel is a really tough ride isn’t it? I Am finding that the oat milk is helping me a lot and I’m feeling better on it...I’d read about the taxanes affecting the gut and sometimes people find milk makes it feel worse...I must admit, I’m trying hard to avoid things that might irritate the bowel  as I have diverticulosis and some foods make me sore........the other thing is I’m drinking ‘ginger tea’ herbal tea, and find it has a soothing effect on the bowel also.

 

have pmd you

 

hugsxx

Moijanxx

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Oh, dear Miss Green,my heart goes out to you......it’s tough enough having mets, without walking away from an appointment not knowing where you are...and also side effects don’t help eitherxx

 

have pm d you

 

hugs, Moijanxx

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Hi Jude51

The Oncologist offered to do an appt by phone if ai wanted but I like to take someone with me to appts as I don't always take it in. The Oncologist said he wld struggle to get me into clinic so am due to see a Breast Cancer Nurse who specialises in Secondary BC next Friday but am hopeful she can see me before that. It's the first time I have come away not feeling confident after an appt ☹. X
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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Oh Miss Green those down days are bloody horrible but you just have to ride them out dont you. Plus having to wait for information seems like an eternity - have you got another appt soon ? 

Big hugs xxx

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Hi ladies

Jude & Bibi i too have piled on the weight. Doesn't seem fair especially as we can't taste what we're eating most of time.

Macneech it sounds like you've had a rough time this cycle. Hope it settles down for you.

So after a lovely weekend of feeling normal it all came crashing down, mentally. Saw the Oncologist on Monday but it was a waste of time. The CT scan results hadn't been looked at in full. He mentioned something about extending the chemo or maybe just keeping me on the chemo tablets once the Docetaxal finished with. I feel like I am limbo until I can speak to someone about the scan and what's happening in my breast, chest and lung. Started round 4 on Wednesday and I feel like my body has been run over with a steam roller. My finger nails feel like they've been crushed or someone's tried to pull them out. Not pleasant. Have to keep telling myself it's all necessary but it's not always easy.

Love n hugs to you all 😁

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Hi ladies,

Looking fab Miss Green ! Just realised that i that havent had an alcoholic drink since xmas - not a big drinker but never been that long without - still doesnt appeal now even if im feeling ok. 

I have decided to go back to wearing underwired bras - so much more comfortable now. Plus trying to find ones without wires is nigh on impossible with large boobs ! I did wonder if it was too early (nealry 5 months since surgey) but doesn't seem to be causing any problems. 

Bibi - i can relate to the weight issue - ive put on half a stone. Being told its not important is very frustrating and not that helpful ! Fab news with only needing one more treatment. Aveeno cream fab - have been using it on my hands religiously. 

Macneech - sound like its been tough. The unpredictability i have found is very frustrating - you think you have got it sorted then it throws a curve ball ! Miserable weather here in Lincolnshire too - wheres that sun gone ! 

I started new regime yesterday - 12 weekly does of Paclitaxol and 3 weekly Herceptin. Been told side effects greatly reduced with having it weekly which im hoping is true ! Herceptin injection a bit stingy but fine. IV Ranitadine, Dexamethasone and Piriton half hr before chemo. Piriton knocked me for six - had taken lots to do as needed to be there for 6 hrs after Herceptin but ended up dozing for the entire time. Still feeling quite sleepy today. Only have two days of Ondansetron, no other tablets and no injections - hallelujah ! If thats how it goes for the next 11 weeks i can deal with that but who knows what i might throw up..we shall see. 

Enjot the rest of the weekend and hugs to all xx

 

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Hi Bibi - you have done so well to persevere with the cold cap.Has it worked well for you??I keep looking at my sparse 5- 6 mm ( by sparse I  mean one hair every square cm if I am lucky)! Hoping for that day when I can say it has started growing back.!!!

Haven' had the itchy skin but bath in sanex  bubble bath every night and have Aveeno moisturizing cream- however have just noticed a circle of eczema looking redness in the crook of my arm - been told to expect rashy hands with Docetaxol. 

Hoping everyone else is ok out there xxx

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Macneech - no line - just takes ages as they do a flush between each one and then I use the cold cap on the Docetaxol so that adds about an hour and half - but they look after you well don’t they ?constant cups of tea / toast/ sandwiches/ biscuits/ yogurts if you want them. 

Ive had very itchy skin the last few weeks - especially on my torso - a friend recommended Aveeno cream last week, got some and it is great - stopped the itching really quickly - can recommend for anyone else with itching. 

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Well done Bibi for getting through such a long day of chemo ( is that with a line in)? Count down to last one !!xx 😀

I have just come out the other side of cycle 4 T, first good night sleep in 10 days!!! Been waking with migrains and the tummy trouble has been rough - need to discuss with onc on Mon.I suppose one bonus with gripes and diarrhoea is that it keeps my weight off!! Getting through the treatment is hard enough let alone worrying about weight gain/ right diet.I find I have to eat what gives me pleasure ( and taste a little!) to keep me sane😣.

I commend those exercising - just walking up the stairs is currently a challenge for me.Crouching to the floor and getting back up again- omg! Poterring in my greenhouse - even pricking out seedlings has been a daunting task of late.Today I think I have my mojo back (Well helped if I can eat something and keep it in!) - so hopefully out and about a bit ( if only in the greenhouse) the rain hasn't stopped here since our 2 day heat wave! - and I am down in Hampshire !!

Hoping everyone else  is doing ok xxx

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Morning everyone - 5 down only 1 more left 🎉

such a long day 10-5.30 so felt tired as I don’t sleep well the night before chemo - good sleep and feel fine today. If it follows last time I will fell well for 2days and then not so good ( Pertuzumab, Trastuzumab and  Docetaxol) - typically weather was lovely yesterday whilst we were in unit and is horrible today - not so good for gardening project ☔️ So will make the most of it doing a few crafting things and catching up with friends. 

Trying to manage my weight but it keeps increasing- steroids don’t help, not as much exercise as usual but trying to walk and do yoga when I can. People tell me not to worry it’s not the most important thing at the moment but it is depressing - doesn’t help to feeling good - but will keep trying. 

Hope evryone is managing their treatment well, have a good weekend 😊 x

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Hi macneechxc

 

sorry you feel rough I’m feeling slightly better today and for the very first time...less nauseous....I read on one thread that milk can worsen the tummy pains...so I’m trying out soya and oat milk just to see. Also I’ve hardly eaten much today and wonder if my liver feels more able to cope?

 

my fingers are very sore.....

have pm’d youxx

 

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Morning ladies.Day 7 after first Docetaxol for me .Day 5 I was rough with tummy gripes,diarrhoea and generally feeling blurgh.Horrible night waking every 2 hours or so.Yesterday felt better - bit gripey ,bit tender but able to do some chores.Rough again today - so frustrating.Woke at 4am with achy pelvis, gripes.Horrible mouth. Tender nail beds.

Symptoms seem so up and down- is this due to amount of fluid we drink or rest we get?? Even water tastes yuk still.Lemonade tastes better but I suppose not good for the reflux/ gut symptoms😔

Thought this was going to be an easier ride this time as had such a good start - feeling fed up today.

Just having a moan - need to stay positive.2 thirds of the way there😃

Good luck with chemo 5 Bibi - I am staying close on your tail !! How are you doing Anne Marie??

Big hugs to all xx

 

 

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Re: February Chemo Starters 2018

Cool hat Miss Green - I bought a big floppy one from Sainsbury’s - reminds me of my youth in the 70’s

have you tried something like lanszaperole or omeprazole for the reflux? Works for me. 

Hope you are feeling better Wee Burd and sorted out the thrush issue

Thanks for the bra info Chrissy will definitely have a look at them.

I had a great weekend catching up with old friends and feel ready to tackle the next round of Docetaxol on Thursday - how quickly it comes around - but this will be 5 of 6 which means in 23 days I will be having my last chemo 🤞

Have a good week everyone xxx

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Fantastic value for money if you a gym person like I was before all this yuk could use them again under t shirt. I’m now wearing non under wired bras 4 maths after surgery and it’s lovely xx got my Hickman hidden down my cleavage !,