10
Feb
17

Whoops

Of course right after I report things are stable and boring stuff starts careening off a cliff on me.

So a couple weeks ago, Josh decided to change up my BP meds. We didn’t really discuss why. Since we made that adjustment I haven’t been feeling super great — my legs have been extremely weak, like more so than I when I was in the hospital and barely using them. My knees and ankles have  been killing me even more than usual, even though I haven’t been putting any extra stress on them. I’ve been really, really tired. Physically tired. Like, exhausted walking a few blocks tired. It’s been rough. I’ve also been getting headaches again — not as bad at the migraines, but they kept me up for two nights this week.

I blamed the switch on the BP meds–check this ridiculous list of side effects. I’ve bolded everything I’ve been feeling, even though 90% is also just symptoms/side effects of kidney disease/anemia/steroids/stress.

More common:

  • blurred vision
  • cloudy urine
  • confusion
  • decrease in urine output or decrease in urine-concentrating ability
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • sweating
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Less Common:

  • abdominal or stomach pain
  • body aches or pain
  • chest pain
  • chills
  • common cold
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty breathing
  • ear congestion
  • fever
  • headache
  • loss of voice
  • nasal congestion
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • vomiting

Rare

  • Arm, back, or jaw pain
  • chest discomfort, tightness, or heaviness
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle aches and pains
  • shivering
  • trouble sleeping

Minor Side Effects
Less common:

  • lack or loss of strength
  • loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
  • rash

Rare

  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • muscle cramps
  • sensation of spinning
  • stomach discomfort or upset
  • swelling

I thought it a little ridiculous that while I’m in Josh’s office complaining of bronchitis and coughing all over the place, he prescribes me a drug whose side effects include fucking coughing. I could have been coughing forever! Also, this med is super not recommended for people with kidney problems (which is why we took me off of it in the first place, I thought, back in November!).

So, anyway, I’ve been feeling like shit the last week or so. But then I went for chemo this week and got my blood levels and I’m hella anemic again — hemoglobin down to 8. Nurses started using words like “blood transfusion” again. So that explains the bruising and the increased fatigue at least. I have ideas around why I’m suddenly more anemic and I think I can solve it with some favorable adjustments to my diet — we’ll experiment with that next week. They also went ahead and gave me that injection to boost my blood-making hormones again, so that should help me feel better sooner, too.

But then, the last two days my blood pressure has spiked up to like 150/110 and wasn’t coming down. I was lying awake in bed with a terrible headache unable to sleep for two nights and my blood pressure was through the roof for no reason. This morning it was climbing even higher so I made the executive decision to switch back to my other meds and called Josh’s office to leave a message.

Today’s the worst I’ve felt at work since I’ve been full-time back from the hospital. I ended up leaving a couple hours early because I was having a hard time focusing and really just started getting a little panicked and paranoid about what could be causing this spike in my blood pressure, which I’m sure wasn’t helping.

I’ve been at home decompressing for a couple hours and it’s still elevated, but I just got off the phone with Josh and it sounds like we had a miscommunication regarding my dosage which may explain this trend and we’ve made a new adjustment based on how not interested I am in being on that one with so many ridiculous side effects. Hopefully we can get my BP back down to a comfortable 130/80 again with our new plan.

TGIF

PS Here’s the listed side effects for the two BP meds I’m staying on, ha:

Labetalol

  • blurred vision or other changes in vision
  • chills
  • cold sweats
  • confusion
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness
  • shortness of breath
  • swelling of face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • tightness in chest
  • wheezing

Symptoms of overdose:

  • chest pain or discomfort
  • lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • slow or irregular heartbeat
  • sweating
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Minor Side Effects

  • nausea
  • acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • change in taste or bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • lack or loss of strength
  • loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
  • rash
  • sensation of spinning
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • stuffy nose
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
  • diarrhea
  • increased sweating
  • vomiting

Sounds fun, right?

Amlodipine

  • swelling of the ankles or feet
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • dizziness
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • feeling of warmth
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in the chest
  • wheezing
  • black, tarry stools
  • bleeding gums
  • blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • blood in the urine or stools
  • blurred vision
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chills
  • cold and clammy skin
  • cold sweats
  • confusion
  • dark yellow urine
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • dilated neck veins
  • dizziness or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
  • extra heartbeats
  • extreme fatigue
  • fainting
  • fever
  • itching of the skin
  • joint or muscle pain
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • numbness and tingling of the face, fingers, or toes
  • pain in the arms, legs, or lower back, especially pain in the calves or heels upon exertion
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pale, bluish-colored, or cold hands or feet
  • pinpoint red or purple spots on the skin
  • red, irritated eyes
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  • redness, soreness or itching skin
  • shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
  • slow or irregular heartbeat
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • sweating
  • swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • swollen glands
  • trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
  • unsteadiness or awkwardness
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • weak or absent pulses in the legs
  • weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • weight gain
  • yellow eyes or skin
  • acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • lack or loss of strength
  • muscle cramps
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • abnormal dreams
  • anxiety
  • back pain
  • bad unusual or unpleasant (after) taste
  • bleeding gums
  • blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
  • bloating
  • bloody nose
  • burning feeling in the chest or stomach
  • burning while urinating
  • burning, dry, or itching eyes
  • change in color of the treated skin
  • change in sense of smell
  • change in taste
  • changes in vision
  • constipation
  • continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
  • cracked, dry, or scaly skin
  • decreased sexual performance or desire
  • depression
  • difficulty with moving
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • discharge, excessive tearing
  • double vision
  • dry mouth
  • dryness of the skin
  • excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
  • excessive muscle tone
  • eye pain
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • feeling of unreality
  • feeling unusually cold
  • flushed, dry skin
  • fruit-like breath odor
  • full feeling
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • hair loss or thinning of the hair
  • headache, severe and throbbing
  • hearing loss
  • hyperventilation
  • increased appetite
  • increased hunger
  • increased sweating
  • increased thirst
  • increased urge to urinate during the night
  • increased urination
  • irritability
  • irritation in the mouth
  • lack of feeling or emotion
  • loose stools
  • loss of memory
  • muscle pains or stiffness
  • muscle tension or tightness
  • muscle weakness
  • nervousness
  • pain
  • pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
  • passing gas
  • problems with memory
  • redness and swelling of the gums
  • redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • restlessness
  • runny nose
  • seeing double
  • sensation of spinning
  • sense of detachment from self or body
  • shakiness and unsteady walk
  • shivering
  • sleeplessness
  • sneezing
  • stuffy nose
  • sweating
  • swollen joints
  • tenderness in the stomach area
  • thirst
  • trouble in holding or releasing urine
  • trouble sleeping
  • twitching
  • unable to sleep
  • uncaring
  • unexplained weight loss
  • unsteadiness, trembling, or other problems with muscle control or coordination
  • waking to urinate at night
  • weight loss

Oh look, a list of things a human might feel. 

I have to get off of these meds.

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