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Fri Mar 18, 2016, 02:07 PM

Does Chemo make you sleep 16 hours at a time?

I feel so lazy.

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Reply Does Chemo make you sleep 16 hours at a time? (Original post)
hedgehog Mar 2016 OP
PennyK Mar 2016 #1
YvonneCa Mar 2016 #4
alfredo Mar 2016 #2
Solly Mack Mar 2016 #3
Staph Mar 2016 #5
Tab Mar 2016 #6
alfredo Mar 2016 #8
alfredo Mar 2016 #7

Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Fri Mar 18, 2016, 03:49 PM

1. Wow, I'm a noob here, but...

...that sounds a lot better than any of the other side effects I've been hearing about.

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Response to PennyK (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 18, 2016, 06:59 PM

4. ...

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Fri Mar 18, 2016, 04:26 PM

2. Eat. That broke me out of my long sleeps.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Fri Mar 18, 2016, 05:02 PM

3. I'd nap a little and then make myself go do something...anything.

I felt guilty about sleeping a lot.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Fri Mar 18, 2016, 11:01 PM

5. I slept a bunch, too.

But for me, it wasn't the chemo itself so much as the Benadryl and Xanax (I think!) that they gave me in the IV just before they started the actual chemo drugs. Tylenol puts me to sleep, so that stuff drugged me for days.

And to be a bit crude, I also got hideously constipated, too. Drink gallons of water and go heavy on the fiber before and after chemo.

And chemo brain is a real thing. The doctors will probably tell you that it's a myth. They are wrong.


Oh, that sounds so depressing. Remember, you're fighting off the cancer inside. Stay positive! You will get through this. I took my phone, earbuds, and recordings of a funny BBC radio show called Cabin Pressure with me to chemo. Humor is a joyous thing. Keep it with you. Laugh at the world. It will help.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 11:22 PM

6. It can.

All chemo regimens are different, but particularly in the first few days of receiving it (and certainly if you haven't received it before) it can knock you out. All I can suggest is playing it by ear until you have a firm understanding of how yours affects yours and your disease. It will probably evolve but for now, just go with the flow until you understand how your body handles it.

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Response to Tab (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 08:42 AM

8. I didn't throw up until six days later. It wasn't that bad, and I felt much better

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 08:41 AM

7. You earned that lazy feeling.

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