Posted by: healingseeker | February 17, 2010

Scalded feeling in mouth, throat, & stomach possible chemo side effect

17 February 2010

I was warned that I might feel mouth pains as a possible side effect of chemo. So far, thirteen days following chemo, it has been a progression.

The very first meal following chemo, I experienced gum pain while eating hot foods. It was a throb of pain that went away. There were times though that it almost felt like my teeth were loosening. I didn’t get too concerned as I figured that was a perceptional oddity that was merely temporary. That symptom also went away.

Starting on the tenth day following chemo, it felt like the entire inside of my mouth, tongue, throat, and esophagus was scalded like I had been drinking or eating overly hot foods. By the next day, that burnt feeling filled my stomach lining as well. On a pain scale of one to ten, the pain level was at a six at its worst and a two at its best.

Since it was the weekend, I did what I could such as eat yogurt and drank a lot of water. It helped to cool the burn somewhat. Raspberry Yogurt has turned into my new favorite food as a result.

A side effect of the burn or simply because I had a lowered immunity level and white blood cell count or both is that I have one of those bronchial-type coughs. It makes it hard to sleep due to the frequency and intensity of the cough. Sometime, the cough is so violent that it activates my gag reflex. I quickly practice steady breathing to try to counteract that.

Monday morning, I called to talk to the chemo nurses. I wanted to know whether I should tough it out, so to speak, or whether there was an easy remedy. They prescribed a liquid medicine that you swish around in your mouth and then swallow four times a day. It is orange flavored. It is called:

LIDO/BENA/MA AL/NYST 1:1:1:1.  (Generic name: Lidocaine Viscous)

Medicine gives this description: “This medication is a topical anesthetic which numbs the mucous membranes (skin) of the mouth and throat. It is used to relieve pain and discomfort of certain mouth and throat problems.”

BRAND NAME(S): Xylocaine Viscous gives this description: “Lidocaine is a local anesthetic (numbing medication). It works by blocking nerve signals in your body. Lidocaine viscous is used to treat sores inside the mouth, during dental procedures to numb the gums, and to numb the skin for a medical procedure (such as getting stitches).”

The pharmacist said this was actually four medicines in one so I should be sure to shake thoroughly. It actually numbs the entire mouth and throat for about forty-five minutes. The good news is that in addition to numbing the burn feeling, it also eliminates my need to cough during that period. That is a very good thing! Smile!

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