Posted 08 September 2013 - 07:25 PM
Hey Dan! As you know, I have had so many GI problems with Gleevec - ugh.
I started feeling better after I took that combination of herbal medication and probiotics - the problem was my results were unsteady during that time, and for about 3 months after I stopped the probiotics too. My theory is that it sped everything through my digestive system too quickly and potentially at a time when I was sensitive to disruptions in Gleevec dosage. After I stopped taking the probiotics, my digestion remained the same for about 3 months, and then finally started getting back to what it was pre-herbs/probiotics (e.g., lower abdominal pain came back, constipation came back). At the same time, my results eventually went back down. Could have been a coincidence though, I recognise that. But something is telling me that perhaps I was simply getting rid of the Gleevec too quickly (or even the change in gut bacteria was not as facilitative). Anyway, just my experience.
What has helped me enormously with nausea is taking my Gleevec several hours after dinner (usually 2-3 hours), sometimes with a small snack if I'm hungry. I found that if I took it with breakfast I would get nausea around 50% of the time, with dinner I would get it if I had a fatty/rich (or flavoursome) dinner, or was quite full, but now I only ever get nausea if I have it too close to dinner. I have no idea why this works for me as it seems to go against recommendations, but it does.
As to gaining weight - I can put on a couple of pounds of fluid retention just by eating a salty meal Seriously though, I would be eating lots of protein (fish, eggs, milk, cheese, nuts), full-fat everything (especially milk). If you're happy to just put on a bit of extra fat, some quality chocolate never goes astray either! Also, this may sound weird, but sometimes I think I burn up a lot of extra energy by being anxious/stressed all the time - perhaps some meditation or something like that to reduce the amount of calories you might be burning unintentionally!
Anyway, just wondering how are your latest results as well? Hoping they are good
Diagnosed 9 June 2011, Glivec 400mg June 2011-July 2017, Tasigna 600mg July 2017-present (switched due to intolerable side effects, and desire for future cessation attempt).
Commenced monthly testing when MR4.0 lost during 2012.
2017: <0.01, <0.01, 0.005 (200mg Glivec, Adelaide) <0.01, 0.001 (new test sensitivity)
2016: <0.01, <0.01, PCRU, 0.002 (Adelaide)
2015: <0.01, <0.01, <0.01, 0.013
2014: PCRU, <0.01, <0.01, <0.01, <0.01
2013: 0.01, 0.014, 0.016, 0.026, 0.041, <0.01, <0.01
2012: <0.01, <0.01, 0.013, 0.032, 0.021
2011: 38.00, 12.00, 0.14