I haven't mentioned my stomach aches here, but if you have been hanging out with me, you probably have seen me hunched over for 5 minutes, pretty unhappy.
Recently, I even started complaining out loud about them. One Saturday night, when the gang went out for pizza, I didn't order anything because I just felt awful. (I was there for the fellowship!) My friends were like, "Karen, call your doctor," but I was like, "No, no, I'll just wait for my next scan."
For probably 4 or 5 weeks now, I have gotten these stomach aches at least twice a day. They last from 5 to 15 minutes. I tried to track them, to determine some kind of cause and effect, but with no luck. They didn't seem to be related to any time of day or food or thirstiness or stress.
They were actually awful.
I have been feeling wonderful, except for these stomach aches.
I wasn't worried that they were cancer related. I just assumed that they were cancer-treatment related!
After all this chemo, my stomach ain't what it used to be. More easily upset. And Lou reminded me that I had complained about similar pain like a year ago, and Dr R had me start taking Zantac 75 twice a day, and it went away.
So when I saw him last week, I filled him in. He started me on Prilosec every day. He gave me a prescription for the generic, to save me money.
The first couple of days, there was no effect. Stomach aches continued unabaited. Then on Monday, I discerned that the stomach ache was less intense. The meds are working, I thought. And yesterday, I did not have even one. They are gone! Yahoo!