In several past posts, I have written about pain and other issues I am experiencing.
In my post ‘Pain‘, I wrote the following –
The pain is here today
For this one thing I know
As the days become weeks
The pain will come and go
In my post ‘Exactly 1 Month‘, I wrote the following –
I will admit though, I do not feel excellent as I am having difficulties with some pain and other minor issues. I am not sure if they are related to the surgery or my cancer diagnoses and if over time I will overcome these minor issues.
In my post ‘It’s 2:16 in the morning‘, I wrote the following –
I also have pains not associated to my surgery and recovery that make it difficult at times to find a comfortable position to sleep.
In my post ‘I don’t know‘, I wrote the following –
So, I have aches and pains and other issues that bring me down and I think to myself; are these pains associated with cancer spreading or they a result of my surgery and I am still recovering; or are they result of inactivity on my part because I am restricted to a certain extent to exercise and being more active?
In today’s post, I write the following –
A week ago I had a procedure and a CAT Scan performed to try to find out the cause of my continued pain and other issues. I will be honest here, as I am always honest and sometimes blunt on my blog. The other issues I have referred to is my bowel movement; yes, we all have bowel movements that is part of our bodily functions. Mine are no longer considered normal and go from one extreme to the other and at times has caused disruptions in my daily life. I saw a Gastroenterologist early last week and he believes I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome; most likely resulting from my recent surgery. He indicated it usually corrects itself over time and medication was prescribed to help with the symptoms. He also suggested a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (Flex Sig) to rule out cancer.
Tuesday of last week the Flex Sig was performed as well as a CAT Scan. The results of the Flex Sig indicated no appearance of cancer in my rectum which was near my bladder, when I had a bladder. This is good news.
The results of the CAT Scan were not so good. I have several Lymph Nodes in my lumbar region that have increased in size since my last scan took place in early January. Because this scan only showed the lower part of my chest, there was one Lymph Node in the thoracic region that is also larger in size.
These results have changed everything.
This past Monday upon my initial consultation with my new Urologist Dr. L at Moffitt Cancer Center, I proceeded with blood tests and a Chest CAT Scan. Today I am having a MRI on my Lumbar Spine, and Echocardiogram, and a Whole-Body Bone Scan.
My friends, it is a good bet the cancer is in other Lymph Nodes in my body and based on other symptoms I am experiencing, it could also be in my bones.
Could the pain I have experienced for 10 weeks now be a result of Lymph Nodes and Bones?
I will receive answers and have more information next week.