It has been three years since I was treated for leukemia (don't remember what type). I stay active playing sports and running on a daily basis and feel very few after effects. There are, however, a few. Ever since treatment I have been suffering from chronic diarrhea, which I deal with by taking 4 to 8 mg of loperamide a day. Also, I seem to get ill a lot easier than I did before the disease. I catch a cold about once every two months. As I said above, I try to live a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating well, and I am wondering if it is common for leukemia survivors to get ill more easily after treatment, and if there is anything that can be done to alleviate it. I would ask my doctor, but I live overseas and don’t have access to an oncologist.
While your diarrhea and increased susceptibility to viral illnesses may have nothing to do with your past history of leukemia, unfortunately, these symptoms can, themselves, be a sign of active leukemia.
I would suggest that you find a way to be evaluated by a medical oncologist, to be certain that your leukemia has not relapsed.
Sometime after my post I did visit with my local doctor. Though he was not an oncologist, after running some blood tests and stool exams I was told I showed no signs of leukemia, and in fact I was in great health.
He was not sure why I was catching a cold so often (probably from running in the cold or going into a cold room after running in the heat, he said), he attributed my constant diarrhea to the loss of the lining in my intestine due to the chemo-therapy. I was told that if it hasnât returned by now, it probably wonât, and that continuing my daily regimen of loperamide was the best thing I could do, though I should also start taking a multi-vitamin as well.
I donât look forward to the rest of my life with this problem, but at least I have the rest of my life to look forward to.
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