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fatigue was posted 03/31/2010 09:26 pm by MK Florida
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My husband had a lot of fatigue; age 69; but not a lot of other symptoms; he was on it for six months, once a week for three weeks; then one week off at a time; then 31 radiation treatments; but it was so worth it, because his tumor shrunk. He would just be kind of revved up the first day and ravenously hungry from the steroids, then crash about the 3rd to 5th day; then just start to feel normal and time to start again; but HEY, when you are tired you just go and lie down and sleep; sleep can be restorative so you just learn to go with the flow. As the months wore on; after about 4 cycles; he had a blood transfusion because his hemoglobin got too low; then he felt a lot better; also started taking two 150 mg. tablets of NuIron; per his doctors (get from the pharmacist at Walmart) or free from your chemo nurse as samples; this helped him a lot; and seemed to improve his appetite; also took Megestrol appetite enhancer, that did wonders for him; started at 155# got down to 126#; now back up to 141#. Due to all his treatment, they will try the Whipple procedure in April; so it is a miracle what they can do now; chemo isn't the same as it was many years ago; they have a lot of drugs they can use to help you; he never lost any hair; never vomited; only had a little nausea which was helped with medication and ginger ale; had a little more diarrhea, which was helped by lomotil. They had a medication for every need and it made such a difference; he says the radiation gave him more fatigue than the chemo. Prayers to you!

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