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5/3/09 5:10 P

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Glad I could help! Hope you feel better! emoticon



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5/3/09 3:45 P

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That's it!!!!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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5/3/09 3:33 P

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They used to give me Aranesp for anemia all the time. Here is link for drug interactions:
www.aranesp.com/

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5/3/09 12:47 P

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The side effects went away after a couple of days.

Neupogen didn't affect me too badly - a little achy, but not too much. I gave myself my shots - and still give myself 2 blood thinner shots/day... I was worried about the Neulasta, but the oncologist told me that it would not be any different than Neupogen - and it wasn't. :)

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5/3/09 12:24 A

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Damisa, did the side-effect from the shot go away? Was it just temporary?

I had Neupogen shots after my chemos. It helped w/the white blood count but my bones felt like they were aching from it. It also made me nauseous. My husband gave me the shots and cringed each day while doing it. I'm so glad that I'm done w/them.I guess it's worth it to stay clear of infection.

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5/2/09 10:31 P

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I don't think the shot was Procrit, but I think it does what Procrit does. I used to take Neupogen at home for 10 days after chemo, but they switched me to Neulasta -- which I have to go in for the day after chemo (pain in the rear, but not bad). My counts haven't been too low as of late, but I guess the iron was low enough to warrant a shot. I'm hoping not to have one next week...

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5/2/09 6:15 P

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I had Procrit shots when my red blood count was down, and Neupogen shots for the white blood counts.

There was one time when my platelets went way down, and I had to get a transfusion. They gave me 2 bags of blood. It wasn't bad, but it just took a long time; I was there for 8 hours and was pretty bad. There was a tv in the room but it had a fuzzy picture, and at the time I was so tired I wasn't up to reading either to pass the time.


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5/1/09 5:22 A

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Today, Fri., I was reading health article, the one on spark points just below A-Z, and there was an article about shots for anemia causing death. I think you should read it and see if part of your problems are being caused by these shots or pills for anemia. Get your points too. It takes you to a page with different articles on it. Hope

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4/30/09 7:25 P

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Thanks Damisa,
I printed the information out and am going over it. We are trying to eat less meat in our household so this information will come in handy. emoticon

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4/30/09 6:55 P

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I found a list of the top 10 iron-rich foods on Web MD... unfortunately, not many of them are options for me... For those interested -- www.webmd.com/diet/features/top-10-i
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and for the vegetarians --

www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.htm

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4/30/09 1:09 A

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I'd be curious as to what they say. I got the same response re: anemia being a side effect of the chemo from my doctor. I'm going to be curious to hear what this cancer specialist herbalist says. There's another school of thought out there - It's great that you're looking at natural live foods too.

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4/29/09 11:58 P

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I intend to ask the physician's assistant about my reaction when I go in for bloodwork again next week. When I got the first shot (during chemo #5), I asked how I could prevent the anemia and she basically told me that it was a side effect of the chemo. I take a multivitamin for women with some iron in it, but no other iron supplements. I need to re-stock my apricots and get some blackstrap molasses as well as other iron-rich vegetarian foods (yup - vegetarian). I don't have much control over my cookware (living with brother and his family during treatment), but I do control my own diet (they aren't vegetarian, so I cook for myself).

Thanks so much for the advice and support everyone! I'll let you know what I find out!

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4/29/09 6:42 P

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I'm just curious...what did your doctor say about your reaction to the shot? Could it be some kind of allergy? Probably not...just wondering.

I got anemic towards the end of my chemo. However, nothing really serious. I use iron pans for cooking and also I take B12 and iron under the tongue. Sorry to hear you're going through this.

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4/29/09 1:57 P

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I have struggled with anemia for the last 8 years & I have problems keeping oral iron down. When my ferritin level gets to about 7, I have IV iron (it's called infed). It's given in two doses a week apart. The first time took almost a full day, because they did a test dose & IV benedryl. Since I don't have a reaction, I now get oral benedryl, and each infusion takes about 3 hours.
I got sick after the first infusion, but I've had them every 9 months or so & the only side effect is spine pain, like you get in the breastbone with a neupogen injection.
You might want to check with the nursing staff & see if your reaction is normal. And maybe, like me, you'll only have it the first time.
Try to eat an iron-rich diet...
Also, did you know that if you cook in cast iron cookware, the iron in the food is boosted? Here's a link to an article about it with a table of foods & their iron counts after cooking in iron.

www.castironcabin.com/healthy_cast_i
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4/28/09 8:12 P

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Damisa they say the best thing for an upset stomach is 7-up or Sprite. A clear pop will help that. I've known this for almost 50 years when my Dr. ordered it for me when I had my tonsils out and when I got sick at home. You might ask your Dr. if this will help you when you have an upset stomach. I'm sure he will say yes. Hope

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4/28/09 8:07 P

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It might have been an iron shot. I was anemic after my chemo, but my doctor put me on extra strength iron and vitamin D. I'm fine now.

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4/28/09 7:15 P

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I am so sorry that the shot made you sick. I will be
praying for you. LORD, Please put your LOVING ARMS and HEALING ARMS around DAMISA right now. Please let her feel your peace and comfort. In Jesus's Name I ask this. Amer. I pray that you feel better soon.
GOD BLESS!
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I don't remember the name of the medication, but they took, my blood today and decided that I was anemic, so I got a shot... At first, I was fine and then it started to make me sick... First, my head got hot (which could have been the weather and the wig), then I got a funny taste in my mouth, and then I started feeling queasy -- so much so that it still hasn't fully gone away. I've tried crackers, gingerale, tea... aye aye aye!

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