Allan, I guess this is good news and bad news but yes, you are still on track. Three weeks out of rad is when you start to feel better but it isn't dramatically better (at least in my experience, some people get lucky and recover much faster). So the fact that one day you are sick and the next not IS better. Two weeks from now you will probably notice somem other small improvement. Recovery from this can be very very slow.
What are you using to help with the mouth pain (I had really bad mouth pain for months after treatment and I still have chronic mouth pain and sensitivity but it's managable and no longer feels like my mouth is filled with battery acid)? If you don't have pain meds that make that managable, go back to your doc and see if you can get soemthing stronger. Are you rinsing with some kind of mouthwash that can help with the mucositis?
As for the PEG, this is why people get them for when you get to a point like this. But if you can, try to swallow a little something every day, even if it hurts, to keep your swallowing muscles working.
Hang in there!
Alan i am so pleased to see you have returned to the forum.
Everything you feel is perfectly on track for three weeks post rad.Its vile and depressing and may still get worse before you see any improvement.I will leave help and advice to those who are unfortunate enough to have been in your position and i am sure help will be on its way.
In the mean time keep your chin up lad it WILL get better.
My husband is now 10 weeks out of rads, 1 month from his last chemo and this is the first week-end he feels half decent. It is a long hard journey. It does get better but seems like it takes forever. He is still using his peg 100% of the time. He will take a few bites of watermelon or mashed potatoes each day. Actually he didn't take anything by mouth for the past 12 days in a row. His throat hurt like hell. In fact you have been to hell and inch by inch we claw our way out. The muscus is finally subsiding also. Hang in there! We are all here for you. This forum has been a blessing to us. LJ
I am 4 weeksout of treatment and did not feel remarkably better until this fourth week. Taste and mucus problems are much better. Hang in there you are on track.
Thanks for the support i am on morphine patches for the pain and swill my mouth out with cordesol mouth wash several times a day to try to get rid of the bad taste tryed to eat some mushroom soup today and it tasted disgusting and after 5 or 6 swallows my throat got very sore i had to stop i suppose its normal that nothing tastes like you remember , i will keep trying thanks for the support , cheers Allan
You should be turning the corner now. I had the same issue the worst was the 2-3 weeks after the treatment stopped. Then it gradually got better. About 4 weeks after I started to begin to feel normal and some taste started coming back and I could start eating much better.
my dr explained stopping treatment to me as being similar to stopping a freight train. We want it to screach to a halt, but the radiation continues to do cellular damage for weeks after you stop receiving treatments. I wanted so badly to feel better when it stopped and I just kept getting worse. In fact, the few months just after treatment were actually the toughest of them all for me physically, and mentally. Nobody prepared me for this emotionally and depression followed which didn't help at all. But eventually things get better, taste returns, sores heal, strength and stamina return, sex drive returns, saliva production improves, mucus decreases and thins, smiles multiply...just be patient and hang in there. I stopped treatments in mid june and in my head I set July 4 as my day to be back on my feet. In reality it was Christmas time or more before I was gaining weight and feeling decent...
Thanks for all the replies. Thanks for sharing. Reassurance is a great thing. My husband still has his sore throat and things still taste strange.