Cycle 1 Chemo Treatment: Worse four weeks of my life

These past four weeks I have been on a chemo treatment of dexamethasone, cyclophosphamide (chemo), and Velcade (Subcutaneous chemo in skin of stomach) each Friday. I have never felt so bad in my life as these past four weeks and I really don’t know how I made it through it. For some unknown reason I have been suffering with intense back and side pain that began right after my first treatment on Feb 22nd and has continued until March 20th. I have spent most of my days in bed save for the Fridays when I’ve had to go to the hospital for chemo treatment and most normal activities in my life have halted (e.g. exercise, eating, photography, walking). I have been prescribed a variety of pain killers from codeine to codeine + tylenol to hydromorphone to reduce the pain. I have only found hydromorphone to be effective and today I would rate my pain as 1/10.

Today’s treatment doesn’t include Velcade for this 5th week so if the Velcade caused the pain then I should have a pain-free week, however if the pain is due to my multiple myeloma, then it may still remain.

I’m thankful for my friends that have brought me groceries, taken me to the hospital, made me home-cooked meals, or visited me. I’m staying positive and hope that the remaining 5 cycles will be a better experience.

About tyfn

I'm a UBC PhD student that recently (Feb - Nov 2013) completed maintenance chemo treatment for my Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer. I enjoy capturing my everyday environment through photos and use photography as part of my healing process. This is the forum I will use to discuss my University of British Columbia experiences, photography, and provide education and awareness about cancer.
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