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What are some suggestions for loss of appetite and severe constipation?

Rebecca Corbit Profile
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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer about 7 years
 
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi Rebecca, I had a lot of problems with constipation as well during chemo. As Sharon said....Miralax is great!!!! I just had to stay one step ahead. You can take it every day if needed. As for my appetite...a lot of foods were not appetizing to me. My Onc told me to eat whatever sounded good to get me through it. Everyone is different. I wanted a lot of cold things such as fruit, salads, ice cream, etc. After chemo I can't hardly look at ice cream without gagging (and that's not such a bad thing). Lol. Hang in there Rebecca, hugs.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    The magic answer for constipation is MiraLAX. IT WORKS without the drama of other laxatives. My oncologist office told me about it. As for appetite, your taste may have changed.... mine did, drastically. If course, everybody is completely different. What I ate sure isn't going to be what sounds good to you. I don't have anything that I could suggest as an appetite stimulous. I craved salads, spinach, anything green. I also ate "Hot Pockets" and we have chickens so I liked fried egg sandwiches. You can pick up some cans of "Ensure". It comes in all different flavors. It is like a little milkshake in a can. It is nutritious and recommended for people who can't eat solid food. There are also good canned soups that would be easy to fix the "Hearty" variety's are tasty. Be sure to ask your oncologist, he/she might be able to suggest an appetite stimulous like vitamin B. I am sure they are used to dealing with this on a daily basis and will be of great help to you. Hang in there and hopefully you will get some good suggestions here. Take care, Sharon
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Rebecca Corbit Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thanks, everyone, for responding to my question regarding appetite loss and constipation. I actually asked on behalf of my 80 year old mom who is stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer. She finished chemo almost a year ago. She has tried Mirolax, which really didn't work much for her. She takes 2 senna in the am and 2 in pm. She usually wakes up very nauseated and eats little if any breakfast. The anti-nausea pills help a little. She might eat a couple of spoons full of soup at lunch, and she eats very little for dinner. Sometimes she'll have a small snack of popcorn or fruit. She has lost her taste and craving for chocolate and ice cream. She has lost over 10 pounds within a week or so. She is just miserable when she is so constipated, but there's very little food to produce any results. She even tried prune juice and Milk of Magnesia as suggested by the hospice nurse. That only produced stomach pains and gas. I feel so bad for my mom -it's very hard to see her so uncomfortable.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I agree about staying ahead of the constipation. The night before treatment I would start w stool softener and sennekot vegetable laxative and drank lots of water. Did this for about 5 days and was good. I also agree about eating what sounds good. I seemed to want carbs, heavy things that would fill the hole in my stomach. Good luck!
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Linda Burke Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    As a nurse myself, I recommend WARMING the prune juice up in the microwave first before drinking it. It really works by relaxing stomach muscles. Not quite hot, but almost. If its been over a week tho, she may need to be checked out for an obstruction. It would do more harm to keep giving her laxatives. Good luck to you both.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • JoAnn Tripp Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I used Metamulic. It was just like drinking kool-aid. Plus it helps keep you hydrated.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • teri  fisher Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I am finding I can tolerate salty things like chips, peanuts, sesame sticks .sometimes just a teaspoon of peanut butter. I found that rice mixed with chicken works and baked potatoes with cheese on top or whatever also tastes ok. My husband also bought me whey and I found I can drink it in chocolate milk. Great way to get protein. They told me to eat anything that I can and not worry if it is something I would not eat before chemo .good luck
    about 7 years Comment Flag

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