The Nightmare People Want to Keep You from Puking, Also Your Fingers
August 6, 2013 11:55 AM Subscribe
I am now in a round of chemotherapy for cancer, and I have been prescribed some really heavy duty medication for nausea. I can't take compazine because I am allergic to it. My prescription cocktail includes Emend, zofram, and marinol. Throw in some anti-coagulants, anti-depressants, and stomach acid calmer-downers, just for funsies.
So, this past weekend on chemo, things were fine-ish nausea wise, but I had a series of nightmares that were so vivid and scary that I'm still feeling scared two days later. I need help articulating a question for my doctors that will help me to keep my stomach calm, while leveling my head as well.
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I should articulate that I am very well doctored, with a social worker, a counselor, an oncological psychiatrist, and a medical oncologist.
I should also state that I do think that it is the marinol that puts me over the edge. I have always hated pot, because it makes me a nervous wreck who locks herself into darkened rooms and worries. But the nightmares that I had this weekend were beyond anything I have ever experienced, involving brutal self-harm and terror.
That said, the idea of being as nauseated as I was before I was prescribed marinol is almost as scary as the nightmares.
Add to this the fact that anti-anxiety meds will make me sleep too much. Sleeping too much gets me dehydrated, which worsens the nausea.
Is the fear I experience when I am asleep the cost of the relief that I feel when I am awake?
Can someone out there on the green help me to articulate a way to approach this problem with my doctors, so that my delicate anti-nausea regimen is not too disturbed, while at the same time relieving my nights? If I add xanax to this regimen, will I end up a cracked-out mess?