My IVIG came today via FedEx. I'm so thankful to have this delivered to my door. It's so nice to be home while having a treatment and much more relaxing than a hospital. I encountered quite a few disturbing situations while receiving IVIG in local hospitals in the past. I'm blessed to be able to do this at home now.
Do others who receive IVIG do it at home? Infusion clinic? Hospital?
What do you do for premeds? I take Tylenol, Tagamet, steroid, and sometimes Benadryl. In recent months, I've found drinking plenty of water before, during, and after IVIG therapy works wonders. Does that work for others, too?
To keep the nausea to a minimum, I'm better off not having an empty stomach. I try to have light snacks during the infusion to ward off nausea. Doesn't always work, but sometimes I get lucky.
I find that sometimes even up to five days after a treatment, I get debilitating migraines. They usually last only a day or two, but they're miserable. That being said, the treatment is still worth it...the benefit outweighs the side effects any day!
What about you? I've heard from several of you with CIDP. Care to share how you beat IVIG side effects? What works best for you?