Most of us have been there at some point. You’re sick and going at both ends. That is how some of my time has been spent since my last post on the 24th. I don’t have a virus or anything. It’s just my poor body reacting to the Imuran (Azathioprine), a pill form of chemotherapy, I’m taking to combat myasthenia gravis.
My neurologist’s new office staff is on my s#!t list. I called them a few times to see if they could let him know I’m having a lot of GI distress with this stuff and really need something to calm my tummy that, preferably, would not make me sleepy like promethazine. I have promethazine on hand that I use for migraine-related nausea. It knocks out nausea and it knocks me out for 10 to 12 hours! I got really desperate and took one Tuesday night just to be able to sleep in peace. Ginger has been consumed by me in all forms–it just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I even tried taking Tagamet as recommended by others who’ve been on various chemo meds. It helped a little, but not enough to help me keep food down/in for a decent amount of time.
After not getting a response, I called my primary doctor to see what he could offer. He responded within two hours and I had my Zofran prescription in hand. It helps a lot and doesn’t knock me out!
I’m still having difficulty eating much. I have zero appetite and certain strong-smelling foods that I used to love smelling, set off rounds of nausea. Not cool, man! On the upside, I’ve lost 7 of the x-number of pounds I put on since starting prednisone last year. The blouse I wore today fit much better than it did two weeks ago. 🙂
It’s really not the way I desire to lose weight. I’ll be happy with the seven pounds lost. Since I’m going to be on this medicine for the foreseeable future, I’m happy to hand over several more pounds. Take my appetite but please spare me the quandary of whether to kneel or sit.