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PositiveLady10PositiveLady10 Posts: 77 ✭✭✭
I am due my 2nd FCT chemo treatment this week, I have been experiencing really bad stomach cramps which have been bending me in half.
Has anyone else been experiencing this.


  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,410 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi Barbara

    How are you feeling today? 
    So sorry to hear the cramps are so bad. Have you mentioned it to the chemo nurses, by phoning them?  I know you have round two this week, but maybe they could suggest something before then. Do you think you could be dehydrated as well? 
    I know I had terrible cramps but I put it down to all the anti sickness and pain meds I was on. The oncologist did prescribe something for it to try and help me. 

    I really hope it improves soon for you. 

    Lou xx
  • PositiveLady10PositiveLady10 Posts: 77 ✭✭✭
    Hi Lou, been for a blood test today prior to seeing Oncologist tomorrow at 10a.m, will mention the stomach cramps to her.
    Ive then got to have another blood test prior to Chemo On Friday..... joke!!!!
    Hair shedding loads today, reckon it will be gone by the w/e at this rate.
    Ive got my 2 smallest granddaughters visiting at the W/e aged 7 and 9, I’ll have to wear either a hat or my wig as I don’t want to scare them, the little one doesn’t miss a thing!!!
  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,410 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Barbara,

    That's a bit odd to do chemo bloods on the same day as chemo, does that mean you have to wait for results before they can give you the chemo?

    I hope the visit to the oncologist goes ok, do you see the same person each time?

    Oh bless you with your granddaughters. Yes, children don't miss a thing. Is that for a day visit?

    Do you have a hat to wear at night in bed so your head doesn't feel so cold? I used to wear a beanie hat, but used to blow hot and cold all the time.

    I am sorry about your hair, it's all coming back to me, I remember it so clearly.

    Sending you lots of hugs.

    Lou x

  • PositiveLady10PositiveLady10 Posts: 77 ✭✭✭

    Hi Lou,

    I had a blood test today before I see the Oncologist tomorrow,then I will have another one p.m. tomorrow and have Chemo on Friday.Hair has driven me mad to day,shedding everywhere!!

    I hope to see the same Oncologist as she's really nice.

    I have got sleep hats,will probably wear one tonight and the next few nights,my woollen hat I wore today to go for the blood test was full of hair when I got home.

    I want to ask Oncologist why I will be having an extra 3 drugs added to my chemo from session 4,when I was told it was just going to be having Herceptin added?

    I'll let you know.

    All for now,take care xx

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,410 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Barbara,

    I hope it goes well today, and you get the information you need.

    I thought you were on FEC-T chemo, sorry if I have that wrong?

    Can you make an appointment to see a hairdresser Barbara? Just to get the last of it off? It will be better in the end.

    Chat later,

    Lou x

  • PositiveLady10PositiveLady10 Posts: 77 ✭✭✭

    Hi Lou,

    I am on FEC-T treatment, but they are introducing 3 other drugs from session 4, this will be an all day appointment.Bloods were good today so able to have 2nd chemo Friday. I was given Buscopan tabs for the stomach cramps to try and some moth wash.

    I told her about my tender scalp she said it’s where the chemo inflames your scalp!!!

    Also from session 4 my husband has got to give me a daily injection into the tummy every day for a week every 3 weeks for 3 times...... I can’t believe I’ve got so much fun to look forward to haha xx

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,410 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Barbara,

    Glad the bloods were ok, that is good. Saves a hold up in treatment.

    I am glad you have some meds for the stomach cramps.

    Oh really, ah, well at least we now know what causes the pain.

    I had to have daily injections too, my husband did mine as well. Into my thigh! Bless him, he hated doing it, but I was too chicken to do it myself haha. It wasn't easy, we sort of counted to three and wham! We were both very glad to see the back of them.

    Do you have a date for surgery yet?

    I know, it is a lot to go through, also, perhaps a good idea to begin wearing nail polish from now on.

    It will be over quicker than you think, then you will look back and see how far you've come.

    Lou x

  • Hi Barbra and positivelady


  • PositiveLady10PositiveLady10 Posts: 77 ✭✭✭

    Hi Maddie, welcome to the site, you will find this site very helpful, and the people on heee are lovely.

    Not sure what you were saying in your message, maybe you could message me again?

    Take care,


  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 771 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Maddie,

    Lovely to meet you, you are very welcome here.

    There are a lovely lot of people here who look out for each other, share stories, good and bad, whatever is on our minds. You will find a lot of encouragement and hope here, I hope! 😊

    Chat to you soon,

    Lou x

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,410 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Barbara,

    Just to say I am thinking of you. I hope chemo on Friday went smoothly, and you are managing through these first few days of round two.

    Sending you gentle hugs,

    Lou x

  • PositiveLady10PositiveLady10 Posts: 77 ✭✭✭

    Hi Lou,

    not a bad day yesterday, had granddaughters here and quality time.

    Today a different day, sicky feeling the whole day, no energy and a bit tearful.

    Hopefully a better day tomorrow.

    The jersey sleep hats I’ve bought are too hot so I’m looking for 100% cotton?

    How are you xx

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,410 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Barbara,

    Ah yes, your grandchildren's visit. That must have been lovely for you, though I hope not too tiring.

    Sorry to hear you are feeling sick,and tearful. Are you taking anti-sickness tablets to help with the nausea? You are doing brilliantly Barbara, being tearful is not unusual. Hang in there!

    The hat problem I can understand. I was asking about the bamboo hats the other day. They are meant to be really soft and breathable, which would be comfortable for you, especially at night. Maybe you could try one of those?

    I am getting over a heavy cold which is bouncing back and forth between us all. My husband and daughter are both unwell again!. Not good timing with exams after half term, but we'll get there.

    I hope you manage to get some good rest tonight.

    Speak soon,

    Lou x

  • gloden02gloden02 Posts: 51 ✭✭

    Hi there Barbara. Just wanted to tell you all you are going through not nice but normal. I went through similar last year. I have NHL T cell . I had radiotherapy and 6 sessions of Chop Chemo and lost my hair. I also had lots of stomach ache and problems. My last chemo was August and although I still have not so good days I am getting stronger and my hair is growing back very quickly . Hate it though cause it’s grey. Going to have some colour put in soon and some blonde streaks. You have to wait a while to let the hair get strong again. I had a wig but dident get on with it and much preferred the bamboo little hats I bought. They are so comfy. Some days you will be low and have tears. I know I did but know this is doable. Stay positive. Drink loads of water and listen to your body and rest , even go back to bed if you need. Small tasty meals help too. Sending you lots of love and hugs . Gloria xxx

  • PositiveLady10PositiveLady10 Posts: 77 ✭✭✭

    Hi Gloria,

    thank you for your lovely post.

    I had 2nd Chemo 2 weeks ago,due my 3rd on 8th March. I have felt a bit down today after having 2 good days.Think I overdone it indoors yesterday,but have managed to do an hour in the garden this afternoon which I love to do.It felt like I did something "normal".

    What I have found is that friends I've had for a long time: are either not getting in touch that often because either they think they don't know the right things to say,or don't want to intrude while you're having treatment or hopefully not,that it's too much bother.

    I keep trying to analize things too much and some days I find I get angry about the littlest of things???

    I am so glad to hear that you have your hair growing back,I have found this bald head of mine so upsetting,I can say truefully that I really hate it. People keep telling me it's only hair,and it will grow back ...... No it's not just hair,it's my identity and I want my hair back ..... Now haha,rant over.

    I hope you've managed to get out in the sunshine today as I think it's going to change soon,take care,speak soon xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,272 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @PositiveLady10

    I agree with you about the behaviour of friends. I find that some people still don't know what to say to me and even question how I can be happy and smiling (most of the time). I have friends that will always be there for me and some friends that keep their distance too. I understand the latter as I cannot handle much alcohol these days and I am not able to go out drinking with friends and then have an Indian meal at say, 10.pm. I am comfortable with that but I was really hurt when a friend of 40 years pulled away. Ironically, Mary and I had been very supportive when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, she died, and a couple of years later after my cancer wss diagnosed, he disappeared. I do think though, that I have made lots of new friends through this Community. Real friends I can chat to, moan to and laugh with.

    Cancer definitely gave me a new perspective on life and I tend to concentrate on what I think is actually important. I tend to get irritated and impatient when people make an issue of the small stuff

    Think I am rambling a bit here, so will sign off now.

    Rob xx

  • PositiveLady10PositiveLady10 Posts: 77 ✭✭✭

    Hi Rob, it's good to get things of your chest,stops them bubbling over.

    I feel that you learn a lot about not only yourselfs,but others when you are going through all this.

    Ive a friend I have been friends with for 27 years,worked with her for 20 years,supported her while her husband was going through Leukemia,who sadly passed,I've had 1 phone call!!!I don't want it to make me upset or angry,but.........

    I suppose it is how I know I would be if things were the other way round,but you can't help how you are or change other people.Its a sad thing to say Rob but a lot of people are only wrapped up in themselves and just don't think.

    This community forum is a wonderful thing to belong to,you can share experiences,feelings and support other members,I'm so glad I've joined.

    Lou is wonderful and always is so supportive to everyone,bless her.

    Have a wonderful day,and keep your chin up ,Barbara xx

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