In a stroke of genius, about a month ago I stopped taking my Ketotifen, as I was certain it was doing nothing for me...and at first my cessation of the drug and the lack of side effects seemed to prove me right. Then suddenly I was flushing, my blood pressure was dropping (i have a blood pressure cuff at home) and I felt terrible. I grudgingly went back on the Ketotifen, and surprise surprise, I felt somewhat better.
One thing I have not had a reprieve from, pretty much ever, is the soul crushing fatigue. Now I feel this is a two pronged issue.
1. like it or not, I am probably physically depressed about all of this. I had all these grandiose plans that got obliterated post-diagnosis. Not that life stopped necessarily, but it slowed down more than I appreciate.
2. The masto and my meds. Both can cause fatigue. It's apparently tricky to get the right balance.
I saw my masto specialist this week and she suggested that I try a different therapy to combat the fatigue. ASPRIN. I love how I have this disabling disease that is primarily treated with over the counter drugs. In the process of applying for disability my lawyers asked me for my prescribing doctors. Now, I've got like, 10 doctors saying I need to be on disability for the time being, but they wanted prescribing doctors, which is so much harder since so many of the meds (claritin, zyrtec, zantac, benadryl, calcium, vitamin d) are OTC.
So yeah, my new line of defense against this painful fatigue is going to be baby asprin. I had to do a 24 hour urine histamine to get a base level for some hormone levels in my blood, and once that is sorted out, on to the asprin I go. I'm kind of scared since asprin is usually on the "do not want" list, but I'm trusting my doctor and the experiences of others on this one.