About ten years ago, I started a new medication for chronic migraines. Soon after starting it, I woke up in the middle of the night with a horrible pain in my chest. It was a mix of burning and sharp pain that radiated into my back. It wouldn’t go away and I had never felt anything like it before so I went to the emergency room. They told me that I had a pinched nerve and sent me home with some pain medicine. The pain medicine did nothing to help so I went to my primary care doctor. It was heartburn. What?
I felt horrible. How in the world could heartburn possibly hurt that bad?! Turns out it was a side effect of my new medication. I switched off of it immediately.
Aside from that time, I’ve never really experienced heartburn. Even during pregnancy, heartburn was a rarity and wasn’t too bad. The doctors told me that it was a possibility that I would have heartburn as a side effect of the chemo but I didn’t expect that it would be horrible. I was wrong. My goodness, I was wrong. It feels like there aren’t enough antacids in the world to combat it.
While on the topic of side effects….fatigue is definitely another one. Yesterday we took a family walk to the mailbox, which is only a block away, and I was ready for a nap when we returned. Everything seems tiring right now. Thankfully, there’s coffee. Which, by the way, tastes like metal. Why? Because everything tastes like metal right now. Especially water. Do you remember when you were a kid and would lick a 9V battery and get electrocuted? (Please don’t try it now!) And your mouth tasted metallic afterwards? That. All the time.
Some of the slightly less annoying side effects are stomach cramps (ouch!), headaches (nothing too crazy), dry mouth (and unquenchable thirst), chapped lips (fun), hot flashes (seriously?!), dry skin (think New York winter) and (the inevitable) hair loss.
The doctor said it would take a week or two for the hair loss…the shower tested that very theory today. Does anyone know where I can find some super cute hats and head scarfs?!? I want to remain fashionable. (ha!)