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Vertigo was posted 02/29/2012 09:10 am by KC
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Last Friday my mother fell and hit her cheek on a chair. She got up, no real brusing, and was okay. She went for her chemo treatment - Gemzar. 12 hours later, she suddenly had TERRIBLE vertigo, vomiting, couldn't sit or stand. This went on for three hours and we called 911 to get her to the ER. They did a CT scan (no contrast) and all the usual tests. All was normal. Gave her Meclizine and sent her home. Dizziness improved. Since then, she takes it every 6 hours, and is dizzy, but functioning (walking with a walker, afraid she'll fall).

Went to the Oncologist, who is ordering a CT scan of her head (with contrast) and another of her pancreas, and right side of her abdomen where she has on/off discomfort. She does have a metal stent, and this is where it ends, evidently. She says it a burning, like the skin hurts. She has been told the tumor CT scan may give a false negative, since she's only halfway thru her first Gemzar treatment cycle. Concern is a bleeding in the brain, or a blood clot (or heaven forbid, cancer).

Mom was disgnosed the end of July '11, 2B, vein/artery involvement, on Gemzar for two months now (prior to that 5FU and daily radiation for 6 wks). As of the last scan, tumor has been the same, no spread.

Has anyone experienced anything like this?

KC

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