I am on Day Three of Lasix (furosemide) 20 mg for a pleural effusion (have been on Sprycel 5 yrs), dropping the Sprycel at the same time. I don't feel any better in the lung department, but I sure do feel overall super lousy. Drowsy and wonky, lightheaded, TIRED, weak, depressed and anxious, restless and agitated, no appetite and shivery cold. I have been conscientious about keeping some fluids up and getting electrolytes. Early this AM, one of my "speakers went out" - I lost all my tinnitus in my right ear for several hours. It shot me out of bed like a bolt of lightning, as my ears have not been silent for 23 years. Frantic pacing and hysterical worry ensued, lemme tellya. I can't lose any more hearing! I know that hearing loss is on fursomide's list of side effects, but I don't think 3 days at 20 mg should trigger it. But maybe I'm super sensitive to it?
Anyway, bottom line, I have read in the literature that diuretics alone for pleural effusions do not have a long-lasting effect, but that glucocorticosteroid therapy is effective. I really don't want to waste any time, particularly if it means I could be hurting my hearing. Why did my onc suggest to my PC just the Lasix alone? I am to check in with the onc in a few days. Maybe he forgot that I had a rash with Sprycel? That suggests an immune-mediated reaction and would support using prednisone.
A week after I am to email the onc, I'm to see the PC. She had mentioned doing a thoracentesis if I'm not better. Is that too soon, especially without a trial of the prednisone first?
I am clogged with incessant worry, largely because I don't feel good and two weeks seems too long to wait to START the right therapy in order to get better. Plus, my off-the-TKI clock is ticking. But also I have that old familiar feeling that my doctors are just not up to speed on this. I'm worried about PAH and PH and now I'm worried about that dust-induced pneumonitis thing, and COPD - just EVERYTHING! Can anybody help silence my hypochondriacal monkey mind?