beach sunrise wrote:Hi, I haven't experienced your side effects. Are you watching folic acid intake? I try to avoid folic acid at all costs.
Maybe a good pre and probiotic would help also?
Just some thoughts.
Nicolouna wrote:... I am on my second cycle of XELOX. On Day 10 (out of 14) of xeloda. Since 3 days ago, I am feeling lower abdominal pain especially after eating for a few hours. The pain is always there but aggravated by eating. It feels like my bowels are super inflamed...
Nicolouna wrote:...The onc on call said that probably the chemo burnt/ irritated the bowels to this point ...
Green Tea wrote:I'm sorry to hear that you are still in the hospital. You have really been through the wringer these past few years with all of your abdominal surgeries.
Could the current problem be due to adhesions from all your past abdominal surgeries? Maybe the CT scan will shed some light on the source of the problem.
Adhesions and small bowel obstruction (SBO)
Nicolouna wrote:I’m still in hospital being treated with IV antibiotics...
Green Tea wrote:Nicolouna wrote:I’m still in hospital being treated with IV antibiotics...
If you re still in the hospital after New Year's Day you might ask the doctor a few questions: For example, which IV antibiotic is being used, how long is the standard course of treatment for this antibiotic, and what are the plans if this antibiotic turns out not to be working as expected?
Also, it would be interesting to know what kind of abscess they are treating. Is it some sort of diverticulitis? Is it an ulcer that has become infected? Is it a wound from your recent bowel surgery that has not completely healed?
And do they know what kind of bacteria is causing the infection?
The reason I mention this is that there are different types of bacteria and different categories of antibiotics, and successful treatment of a condition requires that an appropriate antibiotic be used to treat the presumed infection. Sometimes it requires a cocktail of several different antibiotics or meds administered at the same time.
For example, if your initial IV antibiotic was Flagyl (metronidazole), then it is for Gram-positive bacteria only and will not work at all for Gram-negative bacteria. If your abscess is caused in fact by a Gram-negative bacteria, then something like Meropenem might be more appropriate.
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