I also had to take the Nulasta shot after each Chemo treatment and had similar side effects but it was not from the Nulasta shot. about 36 hours after my TAC Chemo cocktail for breast cancer, I was out of commission for approximately 5 - 6 days.
I know it depends on the Chemo drugs cocktail you are given and how your body reacts to it. But the Nulasta helped me to sustain my white blood cells and I was able to maintain my red blood cells with eating iron rich foods. I never had to take Procrit. Which was unusual I was told. After a while most patients had to take it especially as they got to the end of their sessions.
I was also achy, had the bone pain, my fever would go to about 99 degrees after the first session, it was the worst. I had to be hospitalized for three days because the chemicals they gave me were too strong. I had diarrhea and a fever of 102. After they adjusted my dosage it went much better and I was able to return to work after each Chemo session and work about 1.5 weeks before the next scheduled session. My sessions were ever three weeks.
I also lost my taste for food, my mouth was dry and but I never developed mouth sores. I ate peaches and applesauce, an all beef hotdog and sherbet. My appetite returned about the same time as my strength.
I was taking Emend for the nausea along with a steroid I was give just prior to the chemo session. I never had the debilitating nausea that I had heard of so much before starting this.
I also saved everything from my cancer experience. Lab printouts, wristbands, discharge papers, cards, letters, and all the information I pulled from the internet. Resource directories for help and support groups and even the reciepts from the parking gargarges. I added those to my tax deductions. What a year.
But Thank God, I made it through.... I will never forget 2005/2006. I finished my radiation in April of this year and so fars things are looking good.
"Jazz is the soundtrack of my life"
Post Edited (Caite) : 8/2/2006 2:03:28 PM (GMT-6)