Does anyone have suggestions in getting rid of swelling around the eyes from Gleevec?
Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:46 PM
Hi: I have lived with this problem for all the years I have been on Gleevec. When I get up in the morning I apply an ice pack to my eyes. Try to limit your sodium intake also. I always have the bags under my eyes and some edema in my eyelids. Some days are worse than others. I also notice if I can sleep on my back instead of my right or left side where your putting pressure on the eye has helped.
Some people get this edema really bad. I do not know how bad you have it. Is it severe or just annoying to look at.
With me I just cannot stand the way it looks. It does not bother me in any other way.
Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:33 AM
How long to you apply the ice packs for?
I get some swelling from Gleevac.
Its effecting my modeling career
Posted 14 September 2012 - 07:38 PM
Hi: I just hold the ice pack on my eye for a few moments till it feels too cold, then I take it off and put it on the other eye. I go back and forth on my two eyes until I do not see all the swelling. I also avoid Salt and drink bottled water.
I should be drinking more water than I do. IT helps you flush out all the salts etc. plus its good for your kidneys to keep yourself hydrated. The sleeping on my back really makes a big difference. I get a lot of leg cramps at night also, and had a bad night last night. I was only comfortable laying flat on my back. When I got up this morning I did not even need the ice packs for my eyes. They looked good.
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