tess Posted July 10, 2004 Share Posted July 10, 2004 I need some help with questions about Iressa. Has anyone taken it, and continued to get worse pain, and then found out that it is holding the cancer stable? Rob is is so much pain, he has been taking the Iressa for 25 days now, and we are concerned that it may not be working. The pain just keeps getting worse all the time. We won't get another CT scan till Aug 9th. So until then he is going to feel the cancer will progress to the point that it it going to be the end of him. He is on the 12 hour (120 mg!) of Oxycontin and lately he is having to take it anywhere from 8 to 10 hours instead of the prescribed "12". Rob has bone mets which are very painful.(spine mets being the most painful) He is also on 150 mg of Duragesic patches. How much pain meds can one person take? It is so hard to see him getting so weak. He is now using a walker sometimes because the drugs are making him so woozy that he cannot balance himself well. We saw the Dr yesterday and of course he felt pretty good because he had just taken his Oxycontin about an hour and a half before seeing her. Then he said when she asked him about the level of pain, "I feel pretty good now". Well yeah, he felt good then, but now he is in tears because when just getting up to go the the bathroom, it starts hurting and then he gets all worried that the cancer is getting worse. The Dr also asked him about getting on some anti-depressants, he said, "No I am ok". So after we got out to the car, I told him that maybe he should consider taking them because he gets so emotional sometimes. I guess if I had that pain, I would be emotional like that too. (Not that I don't have my moments!) I think he might really need them. Has anyone been taking anti-depressants, and if so, are they helping? I would appreciate any help at all, we are at our wits end here Tess Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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