My husband has been experiencing severe rigors. The uncontrollable shaking, sweating and nausea have him wiped out. I have had a very difficult time finding out about how to best handle it. I located a random tip on the internet recommending to warm up his extremities, which we do and find that it helps a little. We have a heating pad at his feet and a warming blanket underneath him. The rigors can last for hours and are intense enough where he cannot hold a glass of water or get to a bathroom.
Is there a blog about patient comfort? It seems to me with the kaleidoscope of side effects for the various drugs that patients are on it would be somewhere on this blog, but I cannot find anything so far. I assume it is my own ineptitude as I have not used a bulletin board before.
His fever has been high for 5 days now, high as 103 and lowest at 101. There is a predictable time table with the onset. Does anyone have any ideas of the timing with the Benadryl and Tylenol with respect to these symptoms? Are there any other medications anyone has heard of or has tried? Has anyone gone off the taflinlar for a short time? Is there any data to support the cost/benefit analysis in doing that?
So far his doctor has him taking Benadryl and Tylenol. I try to keep lots of liquids in him smoothies and Gatorade. Food is difficult because of the nausea.
Would appreciate any advise.