Last week was my monthly visit with the Oncologist. They always play vampire and take tubes of blood…and the folks in the chemo lab love to shoot me up with Xgeva which is to help the bones. In between, I see the Dr , ask my questions, and get the current lab results which suddenly indicated I’ve become anemic…severe iron deficiency! I’ve NEVER been anemic…ever.
That’s a major change from the last month’s readings, so when we arrived home, I got out the ol’ laptop and researched a few things. Come to find out, the Nexium that was prescribed for the hiatal hernia last month….can cause severe anemia. Guess who has opted to quit taking the Nexium. That is one of the dangers of taking so much medication. A med that can be great for one problem may have bad interactions with another…or cause it’s own problems.
Since we’re going to MD Anderson this week, the Dr. didn’t change my meds. Guess she figures they’ll change stuff around after they run their own tests and blood work. I’m sure they will, but to me, the indications are so strong that the Nexium caused the anemia that I decided it wasn’t worth it to continue. Anemia for a cancer patient is NOT a good thing.
For those on medications and with health issues, it’s worth taking the initiative to research all meds and current health problems. From my research, I’m seeing it’s not uncommon for a good drug to cause bad problems for some people. The research gives us information to talk sensibly with the Drs. Researching newly prescribed drugs should be an automatic thing. The better educated we are about our health, the drugs and treatments, the more involved we can be in our own well being.
Susan ~ Patchkat