I didnt know your husband was having roid rage too! All are in their 50's, have masters, etc... so we feel like this is more of ageism & you're too exspensive than "you're not a good teacher." But for some people, their cancer treatment is accompanied by a sudden, uncharacteristic increase in irritability, angry outbursts, and even aggressive behaviour. On the contrary… I avoid trouble, because I am already troubled. In other words, you become more of what you already are. Don’t worry, anger does not make one blind or irrational. You guys are so close to the end! The rage that comes with helplessness, desperation? Can’t wait! They are, however, a necessary evil for some situations. Change ), Katalanlar, Kürtler ve şu gururlu Türkler. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out /  I found myself just going into my bed room and shutting the door. I see my face and feel loathing and horror. This appears to be a rare or at least unusual complication of anabolic steroid use, and there is speculation that men who are going to abuse testosteronelike steroids already are more likely to have preexisting psychiatric diagnoses. Nat Rosen. @valentinadeluca Alison: On the eve of my fourth round of chemotherapy, I … It worked like a dream! The race will take place after three days of Cycle 5 of my chemotherapy. I would be and probably sooner. I tried to focus on the medicine killing the cancer. But I know we will do the same amount next chemo time. I'll be running with my PICC line and bum bag (of the medical apparatus kind) and so won't be going for a PB; it's the thought and effort that counts after all. I remember all too well where you are now. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. What about the anger they experience? When mine goes through this he stays in his room to avoid yelling at the family. As if by some strange magic I woke up on Monday morning, had a shower and lots of my hair started to fall out. Because I’m alive. To this beast called neuroblastoma? Integer posuere erat a ante venenatis dapibus posuere velit aliquet. The change in his personality may also be a sign that he is still … But, he's mad that he has to take pills, he's mad that he has to drink Ensure, he's mad at things that last week were not a big deal. Please don't get me wrong, in no way am I saying that he doesn't have the right to be tired and frustrated and angry. Tomorrow (Tuesday, 6/8), I go in for my fourth round on my way to a total of sixteen weekly treatments. It upsets me that I get so mad. He's been at his current school for 24yrs, he's head of the science department and really is (not a wife bias) a well respected and loved teacher. I know when I was on chemo, I had more than my fair share of the adult version of temper tantrums to the point where my best friend said if she didn't know I was a Christian, she would think I wasn't one. “We are killing nerve cells. “Of course not”, you say. I cleaned the whole house, including waxing the floors, in under 3 hours! That thing you call “excuse” is the backdrop to my life, even if vicariously. He seemed better yesterday afternoon. Signs of Roid Rage There are several giveaways when a person is suffering from roid rage. Yes, that was the same time frame as my husbands. Side Effects. Not because I receive chemotherapy – I wish I could in his stead – but because the first thing I see every morning when I go to the kitchen to prepare some coffee is this: You may ask “what the hell is this guy talking about” but reading the following and similar articles about the concept of time, helped me to cope with the immense pain and despair i went through when i thought that i could lose my son. Your doctor is actually talking about cortisol, a form of steroid that your body produces naturally. I am forever deeply grateful and appreciative for all the love and support from everyone in my personal and professional life! The other day I just went upstairs and did my own thing and that helped. I sure do. Again, I know that this HAS to change your way of thinking and living. But, right before Christmas he found out that the new school that is being built in lieu of the school where he was at was choosing to not offer him a new contract. Actually, I'm not sure I would necessarily attribute his mood changes to the steroids. As part of my recently modified maintenance regimen, I am receiving weekly shots of the chemo drug Velcade, ... And I'll keep riding the roid rage road . This was a shock. We had some tough news regarding a job interview but I let him vent and wallow and I think that helped. One of the side effects of taking this medication is ‘road rage. Not being nauseated after chem, in my opinion, is worth irritability, (within reason of course). I hate them. It's been a rough start to 2017. Hanging in, wish I could eat, as I can still smell! Chemo and ‘Roid Rage Narcissists are well-known for faking heart attacks or claiming imaginary ailments, so when a real one comes along….holy crap! Because I can. This should have been a day of celebration for at least four reasons: 1. The combination of being worn down by radiation, chemo a la mode and job security stress would make me  pretty ugly to deal with as well. Yes they are. It's not "that" kind of steroid. There are case reports of men developing out-of-control anger (so-called 'roid rage). When you think about steroids, the first image that comes to mind may be of a hulked-out bodybuilder or athlete with muscles for days and perhaps a smidge of “roid rage” hanging in an angry cloud over them. You are in war, a war with no rules. Ive had them and they help but man, do they mess with my emotions and body. It is not only him. He's a good man but he's human too and sometimes we just need to be reminded that the ones we love are here for us but not to be hurt. Good news! She determined rather quickly that I was reacting strongly to the steroids. Last week was doable, really doable. The word steroid might make you think of "roid rage" or side effects in athletes, weightlifters, and bodybuilders who use them. “Pain is good”, says the doctor. Every week, my chemo nurse asks me a bunch of questions in a conversational way. My husband took Dexamethasone with his first dose of chemo for 3 days after chemo. I have chemo rage. But if your doctor prescribed a steroid as part of your cancer treatment, don't worry. ROID RAGE Ahhhh, steroids, such a love hate relationship I have with you. I'm glad you told your husband that you are not a doormat. This week she started asking me questions and the next thing I know I have an ocology psychiatrist visiting. Reasons to celebrate Yesterday was Chemo #4. Side note; how are you doing/feeling? YOU have helped save my life! So is nausea, vomitting, loss of appetite (hence weight), atrophy, numbness – and a “uncomfortable” one at that – and sleep, sleep, sleep. 12 min read. He snaps at me if I ask him if he is feeling OK. The little one believes in you. We were hit with two big blows right after Christmas. In patients with cancer, corticosteroids, or steroids, can be a part of the cancer treatment or they might be used to help with the side effects of treatment, or even as part of a pain management program. I really don’t like it. As Mark Bell from “Bigger, Faster, Stronger” says – an asshole that starts taking steroids is just going to be a bigger asshole. That’s not the purpose of steroid use for cancer treatment, though the weight increase and mood changes can be side effects. The green ninjas are going to kill the cancer. But for some people, their cancer treatment is accompanied by a sudden, uncharacteristic increase in irritability, angry outbursts, and even aggressive behaviour. If everything stays on track, I will complete my chemo regimen on August 31st. I love him and I am here for him but I am still a human and I am going through my own journey during these cancer treatments. It is called “chemo rage”: “Anger is a completely reasonable response to cancer and the many difficulties it brings. But yeah, sometimes letting them just be is the best thing to do. But the only way to really become an Ultimate Macho Man is to work at it from the inside, and that means 'roids. Macho factors for sure. Absolutely! I know we will make it, but as you attest, there will certainly be trying times. I thank all of you for working along with me, and allowing me to continue to lead a semi "normal" life! It's just about being patient and praying and holding onto hope. Yes, it'll be trying. “Don’t use him as an excuse”! The addition of job loss, financial loss and cancer treatment is enough to push anyone to the edge. This cancer gig is a pure mental and physical game changer. Cras mattis consectetur purus sit amet fermentum. But sometimes you just need someone to listen. And before you know it you're at the last week and you'll be able to say; we are so close to the finish line! If you try to avoid chemo-pain, you will get tumour-pain. He's the one that would remind me that this is temporary and we can get through it. That's what I mean. https://www.wissenschaft.de/technik-digitales/kopfzerbrechen-ueber-die-zeit/. And you know he is right. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. But, what I have noticed is his mood is way off. Posted on June 7, 2010 by Ivanna. The pain is part of the process. But I wish for you a very gentle ride. Some days, I feel impatient and crabby and you really don’t want to put me behind the wheel of the car, because I’ve discovered “roid rage” along with chemo brain. I am sorry the steroids are affecting him so much. I know it'll pass and I know I have to take care of me too. Not at all snappy or angry. I think sometimes people in general take things out on the ones they love the most and need reminders from time to time. But “the loved ones” the above excerpt refers to, and indeed “the loving ones”? Have a good day tomorrow! It's an important cancer medicine. Here, the auto transplant is standard. It's been a tough road but I feel like our luck is about to change. Roid rage Cancer has given me tattoos and a scar that looks like I lost an encounter with a Samurai, or maybe a shark, or maybe a samurai-wielding shark. Nat Rosen. But if your doctor prescribed steroids as part of your treatment for cancer or another serious illness, don’t worry. We just keep on moving forward! An excuse? Good Luck. :) When I'm on prednisone for asthma and bronchitis I am full of energy so much so that sleeping is tough. If you don’t kill it, it kills you. A beast which targets only 1.1 percent of the kids according to the statistics of American Cancer Society? The best way to describe the symptoms would be "roid rage". As you, I found it best to leave him alone with his anger. What the f.ck are you talking about? No, I don’t expect you to empathize with me – you can’t; I don’t expect you to treat me differently – it won’t help; I certainly don’t want you to pity me – it would an affront to our struggle, to what we have already achieved. It is important that you and your husband inform his doctor of changes in his mood to rule out any medical causes. So this time becuase he had such a hard time and of course because life is just like that, it hit over a weekendthought of a different game plan. As he was already on lorazepam for anxiety, per doctor's instruction we increased his dosage and have no rage since. He is too small to feel anger, or to name the feelings he experiences in those terms. I work to distract myself. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. At a low dose for an asthma flare made me almost suicidal. . We even looked into a lawsuit but it would be too much time and money. Can you tell that my husband is accruing more and more fun symptoms as we apprach the end of his treatments? But, I will say this, as I draw on eyebrows in the morning and glue on eye lashes and adjust my scarf or wig, I look in the mirror and I say; YOU look mahvelous! I ate a few pieces of dry rice cereal and slept as much as I could. On a couple of occasions he became physically violent. I haven't really mentioned the teaching thing so much. Some say “don’t over-dramatize”. However, his reactions to little things are very blown out of porportion. Anger evoked by a cancer diagnosis is no different from anger that arises in any other crisis, such as after the loss of a loved one. “Of course not”, the doctor says. Hoping the fluids help flush more out of his body. That was the week that I don't like to think of. I’m not sure exactly how it works, but after I’ve been taking it for a few days I can get irrationally angry quite quickly. Who took Dexamethasone and had symptoms of what I call 'roid rage? My husband is actually done with this chemo. I am speaking about steROIDS, not hemorRHOIDS, to set the record straight. It is not only you. It's not him. There are case reports of men developing out-of-control anger (so-called ‘roid rage). with confidence, not aggression. Note that this may be typical behavior of someone regardless of whether they are on steroids or not. But if it is bad, as doctor for help. No pressure I only have … My legs and back ache and I have manky tax mouth again but this time I have to say that so far the worst side effects are the mental and emotional ones. Prednisone is a prescribed medication that reduces swelling, irritation, and inflammation in the body for a range of conditions. ... My consultant told me that my hair would start to fall out a few days before the start of my second cycle of chemo and of course he was spot on. There are case reports of men developing out-of-control anger (so-called 'roid rage). However, as with all medications, there are side effects to know about. Husband's rage came about 3 or 4 days after chemo like clock work. Only to wake up to more nausea, with more dark circles under the eyes. Google tells you that personality change is not an uncommon side effect of chemotherapy. And although anger is commonly regarded as a negative emotion, it can have advantages for cancer patients. Copyright 2000-2019 © Cancer Survivors Network. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions. Then came the diagnosis of cancer. 'Roid rage and other stuff **Ranty post alert** I had my fifth chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday - my second Docetaxel. He would get the dose via IV on chemo day, then take the 3 days after, then on Friday go in and get another dose of the steroid via IV, then follow with 2 more days of the oral dosage. I had and still do have some of those exact same qualities that your husband is showing. From the WebMD Archives. It may even become worse before it gets better. It's heaven and then a bit of hell. No jus ad bellum – the cancer does not consult the UN to wage a “just war”; no jus in bello – the cancer does not follow any rules to minimize pain and suffering. Bet you wish that would happen to him :). I often see this in children taking prednisone for asthma when a quiet little girl suddenly becomes Girl Gone … The void is a mirror. “Of course not”, she says. It’s like a … (Roid rage?) I had a friend whose husband at the time was prescribed eye drops with something like that in them. Many people who must take steroids will experience some adverse side effects, primarily stimulation or agitation. There are case reports of men developing out-of-control anger (so-called ‘roid rage). Bloody chemo. I am doubly angry when someone hurts me, because anger is the wallpaper of my everyday life. ( Log Out /  I don’t go around and look for someone to dump my anger. This too wil pass. It is a temporary situation that will slowly resolve over the next few months. I am just wondering if this is more the steroids or he is just so tired of this temporary moment in time. Hang in there. If scans are clear, he then goes into hospital early may for 48hrs of intensive chemo (prep for stem cell transplant). Nat Rosen. My husband took Dexamethasone with his first dose of chemo for 3 days after chemo. This should have been a day of celebration for at least four reasons: 1. Here's hoping that the rest of 2017 is full of new adventures and second chances. By NinjaMouf (devianart.com) Even the name of the steroid I take sounds tough. Chemotherapy can affect a person’s mood, as can other medications such as steroids. But for some people, their cancer treatment is accompanied by a sudden, uncharacteristic increase in irritability, angry outbursts, and even aggressive behaviour. Plus, I'm an emotional mess. But losing your child? Now we have a couple of days of flu like symtoms and he is normal and active the rest of the time. It's a whole long backstory but suffice to say that another seasoned teacher was also not offered a contract along with a few other. But how do you explain this to your little one who asks his mother, while the doctor tries to explain the process, whether he will die of cancer? It's like it's coming at us all at once from all directions. A. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. This can be really alarming and upsetting for both the person going through cancer and their loved ones.”, writes a decent website. So this time becuase he had such a hard time and of course because life is just like that, it hit over a weekendthought of a different game plan. You can sponsor me here. Chemo blues, 'roid rage and anxiety attacks Reasons to celebrate Yesterday was Chemo #4. After dealing with varying stages for over five years, I was at rope's end. I felt ugly, smelly, and like I would never again have the still care free lives my friends and family had. My husband has been amazing over these past 6 weeks. I write to vent out my frustration. If you really want to help, be silent. Instead of cheerleading him on I just let him be. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention. Pain means it works”. I adore my gogo juice. I mentioned earlier that he did have heartburn quite a bit Friday evening and on Sunday. Prednisone and ‘Roid Rage. I did tell him that he was absolutely free to feel whatever emotion was going on but in no uncertain terms am I his doormat. Good luck. Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. I live now in a world of ghosts, a prisoner in my dreams.” Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal. ( Log Out /  When you hear the word steroid you may think of “roid rage” and muscle-bound gym rats with shrunken testicles. One being his job situation and obvioulsy the cancer. Here is my new question for you all to possibly ponder. I'm always here to listen and maybe offer helpful info. I think that helped. So I can only imagine what's happening inside my husband's body. Chemo Day itself is the pits. BUt, I know that we will get through this. But you know that it is not only him. 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