Hello everybody. I'm new to the forum and diagnosed with Stage 4 Ovarian cancer only recently (August). I've been reading the forums during the last couple of weeks and want to thank everyone for their contributions and encouragement which has helped me during the early stages of my treatment.
I'm currently having chemotherapy (carboplatin and paclitaxel) weekly at The Christie in Manchester (only had three so far). The question I wanted to ask was about how some of you may have managed your pain and if it got better as the chemo progressed. The Pain Management team at Christie have been great. I was suffering a lot of abdominal pain (I think mainly from tumours pressing on bowel) but this has been really helped by taking pregabalin, oxycodone (4omg slow release and quick release oxycodone (15mg with paracetamol several times a day) and dexamethasone (a steroid). This is managing to keep me pretty much pain free which is a massive improvement.
I just wondered how others managed (assuming pain's been a big issue) and if you were able to reduce the amount you took as your treatment progressed? Also if there were any side effects coming off these strong drugs?
Thanks in advance for any replies or comments and thanks again to everyone who participates in this network.