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  1. Hi Tome, Yes I take my blood pressure at home and document everything for my doctor, such as time of day, what meds I have taken and in general how I am feeling. I also have home health nurses that come twice a week since being out of the hospital. I get the Neulasta after every round but this is the first time I had to get Procrit. Charlotte
  2. Yesterday I went in for my blood work, the white count was coming up but my red count was low and they gave me an injection of procrit. They also gave me fluids for the low BP. Got to talk to my doctor for a few minutes in between her scheduled patients and talked to her about the BP. She told me to try eating some foods high in salt content that the salt will bring up my pressure faster then the water I am drinking and to eat some fruits, like watermelon, and veges, like cuke's, that have a high water content. Still was not feeling good when I got home but just pretty much slept off and on now stressing over the red blood cells and the possibility of needing a blood transfusion if the procrit does not do what it is suppose to do. Hope every one is having a good day today!!!
  3. Hi Tom, I have been taking Klonopin (spelling????) and Xanax for years. Taking xanax brings my BP down lower and only reduces the heart rate a little. I go in for blood work today going to see how busy she is and if she can talk to me or I will just ask that she gives me a call back later today.
  4. Thank you for welcoming me into the group. I think I posted in another topic more about my cancer but this site is new to me so here goes. I am taking Decadron IV, Carboplatin, US etopophos, toposar vp-16 and aloxi 3 times a week at 3 week intervals. Actually the 1st day I take 2, the 2nd and 3rd day I take 1 (plus my pre-meds for allergic reactions and nauseousness) and 1 is a shot I get once a month. I got the constipation and nauseousness under control and I know that for 2 days after my nulasta injection I will hurt but it's the low BP and rapid heart rate that is concerning me. I have gotten very lightheaded and had to go to the ER where they gave me fluids. I was directed this problem to my pcp who just took me off all my bp meds but now I that I know it is coming from the chemo drugs I will have to take it up with her. I have another round of chemo in 3 weeks before my appointment with my oncologist who will be sending me for another scan to see where we are and what the rest of my treatment will consist of. Much of what she said in the beginning fell on my deaf ears.....I didn't want to hear cancer again.....I have panic/anxiety disorder and this whole thing plus the added worry of the bp and heart rate has me even more on edge.Again thank you for the warm welcome.
  5. I just signed on to this forum and have a lot of reading to do to get to know each and everyone of you. I have a question regarding my chemo and some bothersome side effects. I take Decadron IV, Carboplatin, US Etopophos/toposar/vp-16, and aloxi 3 times a week every 3 weeks....well 1 is actually a shot I get only once a month. I just finished my 3 round and I noticed that after the second round my BP has dropped and my heart rate is elevated. I was going through my pcp who took me off my BP meds. I have had to go to the ER twice for lightheadedness/dizziness to get fluids. I now understand that chemo is dehydrating. I drink several bottles of water until I am sick to my stomach and water logged. I plan on talking to my oncologist my next visit to see if we need to change something. Is anyone else having a similiar problem? It is fustrating because I feel ok but have to lay on the couch or sit in front of the computer because I am too lightheaded to stand or walk. I also have panic/anxiety disorder and when my heart rate goes up I start to panic. Any suggestions?
  6. Hi my name is Charlotte and I was recently diagnosed in April with small cell lung cancer. In 2013 I had breast cancer but this is a new cancer not from the breast cancer. It came as a total shock to me and I think I still have the dear in the headlight look. In January I started not feeling well and went circles with my doctor until I decided on my own to go to the ER and try to get a lung x-ray. I did and it showed a large mass on the left with a deflated lung and 2 blood clots in the right. I was admitted. My oncologist came in the next day and scheduled me for a broncoscopy and other tests. Not sure all the terminology but I know it is small cell, it has spread out of the lung but not in any vital organs or brain. I was immediately started on chemotherapy 3 times a week. I am 62 years old, my children are grown and have over a dozen grandchildren. I live with a gentleman who is being very supportive in taking care of me, I just wish I could do more for myself. I did very well on the chemo for the breast cancer and thought this would be similiar but this one is getting extremely hard. I am glad I found this forum for support, I was in one for the other cancer and it got me through numerous long nights.