I don't know if this is similar, but I had a reaction to taxotere when I first took it - it made my chest tight and my face red - I was given benedryl, and it was given very slowly. Days later I was hypersensitive to everything and became neutropenic. I had to argue with the on-call oncologist that it was a serious condition :
"hi,doc, I'm calling because I hurt everywhere, and now I have a 102 deg fever."
"hmm...why are you calling?"
"Because the taxotere help sheet says I may have these other symptoms, but a fever of 102 deg means I have a serious situation."
"hmmm...why don't you wait until tomorrow when your doctor is back? He knows your case better."
"Because I have the fever TONIGHT and it says on the sheet I need imediate attention."
I did wait until the AM, just cuz I couldn't drive to the hospiutal and I didn't want to wake up friends, but I did have a blood draw early am that showed my neutrophils were at the "hey, you could die from a papercut" stage.
Anyhow, I thought the story might sound familiar to some and have a laugh, even though it is true.
I had neulasta shots, and did not get neutropenic again, but still had bone pain pretty bad, and was hpersensitive to everything. I had to keep shoes or very thick slippers on because just walking was bad.
Did Cathi mention any benedryl? Or neulasta? Or any vitamin mineral, naturalpathy supplements? Here at CTCA, they gave me a sheet with what supplements are specifically given for breast cancer. Oh, I also had from the Walgreen's (pharmacy) website, just before surgery and after and when I was worried about getting an infection Impact Recover - a drink mix that was basically whey protein, amino acids, and some extra vitamins that is supposed to help the immune system. Maybe that could help her?
Cathi, you're in my prayers!