I'm on my second infusion of Rituximab and I had flu like symptoms, sore throat and a terrible muscle pain in my joints and all over? Is this normal... Please somebody answer me... Desperate..
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Baneza hang in there it gets better. I too hurt like that when I get my infusions. It will pass. You may think it won't I know I did. But it will. It took me about 4 weeks to start feeling a lot better. I hate to say that because I don't want you to get discouraged it may not take that long for you. If you have any other questions I'll be glad to tell you what I've been through. I had all of those symptoms. I had to go up on my prednisone to get some help with the pain. Hugs to ya. Peggy
This is an answer to a question for Baneza. I hope this helps.
I completed 6 rounds of VCHOP chemotherapy in June 2013 for Follicular Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. After VCHOP I was put on Rituximab infusions and have completed 4 so far and have 8 more to go for a total of 12 in 2 years. My side effects include:
SEVERE bone and joint pain, stabbing pains in my head like an ice pick, blurry vision (and sometimes blind in right eye), chest pain which feels like a heart attack, stabbing abdominal pain, SEVERE cough, chemo brain/fogginess, swelling/loss of movement in my hands, extreme fatigue all the time, numbness/pins and needles in my skin and/or feeling like my skin is "crawling", labored breathing, severe night sweats (sweat which takes the color out of my clothes and sheets like they have been bleached), sore throat and gums, pain in jaws/teeth, depression.
I hope this helps and I apologize for the length. Please let me know if you have any questions. Keep fighting!!
- Rituximab Information for Consumers
- Rituximab Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Rituximab (detailed)
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