Patients with multiple myeloma may experience some of the following side effects while taking REVLIMID® (lenalidomide) in combination with dexamethasone.
Muscle cramps - Check - back of both legs, more in calf muscles, but noticable above the knee as well.
Muscle cramps are a common side effect experienced by patients taking REVLIMID® with dexamethasone. Muscle cramps may feel like a sudden pain in the affected area that resembles a tightening or hardening in the muscle.
If you experience muscle cramps, talk with your healthcare provider immediately. Yeah, yeah.
Fatigue - Check - That's why I left work
It is important that you eat and drink enough, and get a lot of rest to build energy. Avoid unnecessary stress. Moderate, regular exercise can also increase your energy. I know, I should have gone to the gym.
Insomnia - Check - It's now 0620 - I've been awake since 0205
Insomnia is another common side effect of treatment with your therapy. Chronic sleep disturbances can cause irritability, inability to concentrate, depression, and anxiety.
Here are a few simple steps that can help you get restful sleep:
If you notice any changes in your body or in the way you feel that are troubling, it's very important that you tell your healthcare provider right away. I know, I know!
Create an environment that decreases sleep interruptions Reducing noise, adjusting room temperature to a comfortable level, and placing pillows in a supportive position will help you get restful sleep.
Prepare your body for a good night's sleep. Eating a high-protein snack 2 hours before bedtime, avoiding exercise before bedtime, and, of course, avoiding drinks with caffeine, will help you get a good night's sleep.