I was diagnosed with CML in 2008 and have been on Gleevec ever since. The medicine is keeping the CML under control. Luckily, other than the normal side effects of the drug I've only been sick a couple of times with upper respiratory infections. It seems like it is taking longer to get over the illness than normal and that my strength is really zapped. Is this to be expected since my body is dealing with CML too?
Also, since starting Gleevec I've gone through the side effects of cramping. They never really stopped, but lately I've had extremely intense cramping and joint pain, worst ever since being diagnosed. I used to tell my doctor I was having cramps and his response was it's better than the alternative. I assume it is do to the meds, but it seems strange it's gotten worse over time. Is this normal or is anyone else having this issue?