Feeling so good for a few days and now feeling beaten down again

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Aurora60
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   Posted 7/19/2007 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I was feeling great at the beginning of the week.  My younger son is buying a condo and suggested that we do Thanksgiving at his new place.  We would all share in cooking and he would invite a few friends.  I was thrilled with the idea.  He also suggested that me and both my sons take a fall week-end trip to look at changing leaves.  I am thrilled about that idea too and we are going to do it.  Well, all this made me feel great - something to look forward to.  Now I am so down and you will probably think this is sooo dumb.  I got stung by a yellow jacket in the arm on the side where I had my breast cancer.  It was on top of my elbow and has swelled terribly, is red and itches so bad I could scratch my arm off - of course won't as that would make it worse. I went to my Dr. got a cream for the itch which is barely helping, using ice packs constantly and also got a 21 prednisone pack to reduce the swelling and itch.  I had a little relief today but the prednisone (if anyone has taken it will know) is making me so jumpy and nervous and I can't sleep at night.  I have 4 more days on the pills and hope I will be back to normal.  But I can't shake the low down feeling.  Why did I have to get stung in the right arm - the left arm or leg or anywhere elsewould have been OK. The reason I feel this way is that things like bee stings after breast cancer can give you a condition called lymphedema which is a very painful swelling in your arm that once you get it will never go away.  You can only control it.  I see my Oncologist on Tues so hope she will be able to help me.  How can such a little thing turn into such a big thing and get you down when there are so many other bad things that could happen.  I guess the fact that I am feeling sick from having such a bad allergic reaction is why.  Well I just needed to vent about this and get it out of my system.  I posted on breast cancer forum but hardly ever get any answers there. Thanks anyone for at least reading my post.

djdaz_1985
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   Posted 7/19/2007 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Aurora,

It sounds like a psychological reaction to the sting to me which hopefully, should ease with the sting. Im really sorry that you are feeling down at the moment. Have you got the itch under control now? Is the predniselone working well now? Hopefully this will have all blown over in a week or so. I have my fingers crossed for you!

Darren 


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Aurora60
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   Posted 7/19/2007 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your concern Darren.  Yes, I am feeling a bit better.  Itch is less so I think the meds are working.

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   Posted 7/19/2007 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aurora. OK please don't think I'm crazy. I live in the country and this is what the old timers have taught me to do. Thick mud. Not rainy puddle type mud, thick dirt type mud. I don't quite understand it myself but it works when you do it right away, maybe it'll give you some relief. Somehow, the mud draws on the sting, It reduces the swelling, the hurt, and the itch. After that, if you can just take benadryl. Let me know how you make out.

Aurora60
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   Posted 7/19/2007 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the tip Bionca. I will try it but hopefully I won't get stung again. I am going to be very careful.

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   Posted 7/20/2007 12:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Aurora,
 
I can certainly relate to the Prednisone.  I have had to take so much of it for the past six years for asthma.  It has a lot of evil side effects, but it has surely kept me alive.  It can just make you almost bounce off the walls and it does keep you awake at night and it can also make you very emotional.  So, for any outbursts you have, blame it on the Prednisone.  If you've been wanting to say anything ugly to anyone, now's the time to do it and just blame it on the Prednisone.  :-)
 
Take care!
 
Carla

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   Posted 7/20/2007 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Your not encouraging people to use meds as an excuse for bad behaviour are you Carla? lol tongue


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Aurora60
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   Posted 7/21/2007 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I am off the prednisone.  I haven't slept in 4 days and my hands were shaking uncontrollably and I had a very rapid heartbeat.  I just can't take that med.  Luckily the itching has stopped so am starting to feel a little better.  And I did get into a huge fight with my son - although I did not really mean to.  I guess it was the med that made me crazy and irrational.

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   Posted 7/22/2007 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Aurora
will your doctor prescribe something else for you? I am sorry that the med did not work,hopefully they can figure something else out and quickly.


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