Topic: Weakness and lack of appetite - how do you get back your strength?
Anthony went into hospital last week having suffered pain in his leg and stomach. We now know that the leg pain is bone degeneration and that the stomach pain is probably caused by the metastases they have found in the omentum and peritoneum. He had an ERCP to replace his stent on Tuesday and that went OK. They say his bloods are fine and that he hasn't got much fluid in the abdomen and were thinking of dicharging him on Friday and suggested that his next step is the phase 1 trial that he has got a place on. However, I am increasingly worried about him. He is extremely weak, and tired and is not eating. He is managing to drink but I can see a big deterioration in him and am increasingly desperate to get him to pull back up. He does want to and keeps saying he will try to eat but I think some of the pain medication is making him feel sick and sleepy so this is making things worse.
He is on diclofenic which makes him sick and tangesic for break through pain which makes him sleep. It seems to be a vicious circle that we can't get out of. I am going to talk to the doctors again today but would be very grateful for any suggestions. Have others been through similar situations and got their strenth and appetite back?
In addition, although he has hardly eaten for 2-3 weeks he has actually gained weight. I think this must be fluid despite what the doctors say. He is so thin in all respects other than his swollen abdomen.
Any advice appreciated