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I am taking capecitabine tablets following lower rectal cancer. Does anyone out there suffer terrible wind type pains after taking these tablets. I mean really bad pains,causing sickness, cold sweats etc. I would like to hear from you please. A fed up M.E.J
Hi MEJ, I had Rectal Cancer two years ago, and took capecitabine tablets, but didnt suffer any side effects with this drug apart from a slight sore throat which I remedied with Manuka Honey. I know that I have had bad stomach pains in the past which were diagnosed as IBS, and that was something I thought I had before being diagnosed with the cancer. Could the symptoms you are suffering be a reaction to being told that you have cancer? I know that when I was told it was a total shock and I came out in a pin prick rash all over my body.
I had Radio and Chemo therapy followed by an Abdominal Perenial Resection and now have a stoma which I cope with ok. I have now been cancer free for two years but I did (and still do) have lots of 'inner demons' regarding what happened and why it happened to me at a young age (46), so if I can be of any help then please let me know
Hey M.E.J., sorry you are having such a rough time at the moment.
I had rectal cancer and capecitabine too. I had a LOT of side effects, including pains and sickness like you describe.
Do you have a stoma? My tumour was quite large, and with the chemo became larger because it was inflamed. Eventually, this meant it was almost completely blocking my rectum and I couldn't pass anything. This caused the most horrific pains. They gave me a temporary ileostomy which bypassed everything and gave my poor bum a rest!
There are anti-sickness drugs and lots of things they can give you to help. Please don't suffer in silence :)
Have you spoken to your chemo nurse? I found that they were really helpful (especially the senior nurse) at fixing side effects - they've seen them all before. It might be worth asking about diet - if it's actual wind, maybe cutting out gassy foods (beans, broccoli, you know what I mean) might help?
Big hugs, I hope you can find something that helps.
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