End of The Idyll
Another interesting sidelight of my Nexavar vacation: I'm still taking my blood pressure meds, of course, along with all my other meds. Right now I'm dealing with low blood pressure rather than controlling high blood pressure, since it's not being artificially elevated by Nexavar. I don't feel fatigued, I feel lethargic!
An email to Dr G confirmed hand/foot's progression, which I've not seen described elsewhere: First, I develop what I would call a "wet blister", where the skin puffs and there appears to be a liquid fill underneath. Then, the wet blister hardens and thickens into a callous. Then the soft skin ruptures at the edge of the callous, followed by an ooze of thick yellowish material. Finally, the callous softens and sloughs off. Definitely not pretty but at least I know the process is normal now. And, oddly enough, my thumbs have never "progressed" beyond the callous stage.
Is it painful? Yes and no - sometimes it just feels weird, like the nerves under the callous are tingling and pushing against the callous from the inside out. Other times it's quite painful, with an almost burning intensity. When the skin is getting ready to rupture it itches like the devil. Go figure.
Labels: hand/foot syndrome