Whining About DEX

Dexamethasone (DEX) is a part of many myeloma regimens - my doctor says "everything works better with DEX."  I've taken it before, and not liked it then, but this most recent experience is something new indeed. Sunday night I took the "usual" 40 mg dose, ten little 4 mg tablets, at bedtime.  In the past this has worked OK for me because the DEX doesn't interfere with my sleep that first night.  And it didn't interfere Sunday night, I slept well.  Monday, then, was "DEX day," full of energy, as if 200% caffeinated all day.  I got a lot done, including an energetic 4-mile walk/run. Trouble started at bedtime Monday night.  Never in my life have I had such heartburn - was that from the DEX?  I suppose so, I think so.  I slept very little that night, awake because of the DEX and forced to sit up for part of the night to ease the acid reflux.  In the morning my esophagus was still inflamed, warm coffee causing pain when it reached the bottom. Tuesday became another DEX day, my body once again on full alert.  I tried for a much needed nap, but no dice.  Again I got a lot done, rounding up materials for a wood duck house that we are building for our back yard, and preparing for our upcoming 93rd marathon, but I felt like I was running on empty.  Tuesday night I did finally fall asleep after a couple of restless hours, but awoke again at 4:00 am only to lie there until rising. Wednesday was ...
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