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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-11-30 06:37
Subject: [cancer] O, Magnesium, where is thy sting?
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Tags:cancer, health, personal
Yesterday I passed my blood tests and was cleared for chemo today. However, two items of note cropped up.

One, my neutrophil count is actually higher than the guidelines. Not by a huge amount, but it's noticeable. My oncologist isn't concerned, so I'm not, as insofar as I know I don't have any infections that such elevated counts might imply. In point of fact, with the chemo skip week, I feel pretty good.

However, my magnesium levels have dropped below minimums. I've measured 1.5 mg/Dl when the healthy norms are on a scale of 1.8 - 2.5 mg/Dl. See the chart below for trending. This is an expected side effect of my chemotherapy regimen. My oncologist has prescribed a magnesium supplement for me.

Plasma Magnesium Levels 2012-11-29

Of course, nothing is ever simple. The magnesium supplement and my Doxycycline do not get along well, so I cannot take it when I take my other pills. Now I have a lunchtime medication to go along with my morning and evening medications. Whee.

And of course, the potential side effects include stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Not unlike my everyday life already.

Regardless, I'll be at the infusion center at 8:30 am today. Another weekend on the pump. Sigh.

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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2012-11-30 15:34 (UTC)
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Magnesium is a frequent component of pre-workout supplements, and its gastrointestinal inducements are well-known, and the subject of subcultural in-jokes to the point where any pre-workout supp that includes both it and the word "pump" in the name has that replaced by the word "dump."

20-30 minutes is the typical response time; plan meetings and conference calls accordingly.

Fascinating stuff, this biochemistry.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2012-11-30 15:37 (UTC)
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Very good wishes.
Kari xx
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Rick Moen
User: rinolj
Date: 2012-11-30 22:05 (UTC)
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It would have been so much more exciting to hop yourself up on cesium, if you're going to be ingesting metals.

-- Rick Moen
rick@linuxmafia.com
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Rick Moen
User: rinolj
Date: 2012-11-30 22:12 (UTC)
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It's sad to contemplate that I probably need to add: Do not ingest cesium (or caesium, either), kids, as that would be a quick, pyrophoric, highly electropositive route to autodarwination.
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Lethran: Crete
User: gwyd
Date: 2012-12-01 08:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Crete
The way I work it is (not counting my twice a day lung regimine), I have two sets of with foods and one set of withouts. I bought three different looking pill planners. I ignore the AM/PM etc markings. Each week planner is a time of day. Each pill set has an anti nausea pill in the batch (because gaps are hell). As the containers look really different, I am less likely to get confused and I can set up a couple of weeks at a time. (It's a lot of pills in complicated combinations. It's easy to get confused). I do the no foods first thing and I leave the container with water out where I can reach it easily even half asleep. I eat the first with foods with my first meal of the day. I take the other batch with the snack that generally passes for dinner. (I m a terrible American in that it takes me an hour or two after levering out of bed to be ready to cope with food, by which time the anti-nausea pill has been metabolized. I eat dinner type foods for breakfast as I'm allergic to most breakfast stuff and it's the time of day I can stomache a full sized meal. My lunch is small, my dinner is a snack. Backwards, but is works with my nausea, pain, and energy levels.) Somehow having the visual cue of the three different box sets helps me avoid missing doses, and it's easier to figure out where to fit things when they get added.

I think a lot of doctors underestimate the debilitating nature of nausea. I function badly when in pain, but I can still cover the basics. All I can do with the nausea is lie still with my eyes closed and try to keep the meds down. I can only hope your doctor is taking that seriously for you.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-12-01 14:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've been lucky as my nausea has been relatively mild and fully controllable. My lower GI has been a charnel house of horrors even before the magnesium has come in to my diet, but you can at least think even while sitting on the toilet for hours. Nausea, on the other hand, tends to take over one's world, as you have pointed out.
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Lethran: Crete
User: gwyd
Date: 2012-12-03 04:05 (UTC)
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Keyword:Crete
I wish you continuing good luck on the nausea staying mild.
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