Several weeks ago in my post ‘Pain Explained?‘, I concluded with the following words –
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.
In today’s post, I write the following words –
With the recent move to Tampa, Florida and change in healthcare, comes more doctor visits, appointments and more medications.
The transition to this area is a struggle with regards to finding new doctors and scheduling the appointments.
My insurance provider is through the military and they can easily change my location. Now that we are in our new location, I was assigned a new Primary Care Manager (PCM), who handles most if not all the referrals I need for specialist care.
Prior to leaving Pensacola, Florida, I was able to get my Urologist Dr. P. to refer me to see an Oncologist in Tampa for 2 visits. This is how I have able to see my current Oncologist Dr. L. and have my subsequent tests a couple of weeks ago.
Last week, I had my first visit with my new PCM Dr. T., who is the head of Internal Medicine at the MacDill Air Force Base medical facility. Now that this visit has taken place, I can continue to have referrals made to Dr. L. at Moffitt Cancer Center.
As mentioned in the beginning of this post, it was thought the pain I have experienced since my surgery may be a result of cancer being in my Lymph Nodes and Bones.
It appears no cancer is in my bones and though I do have cancer in the Lymph Nodes in my lumbar area; Dr. L. indicates it would not cause the pains I am experiencing.
I have 2 specific pains that are causing me discomfort in my daily activities. Because of these 2 separate pains’ intensity and consistency I have been and continue to be on a large amount of pain medications. Overtime the pains have increased and so have the pain medications. My quality of everyday life it not good and I am not enjoying life at all right now.
And now with chemotherapy treatment again, I will struggle more so if the pains are not controlled.
There is much to do here in the Tampa area and so many other activities that Gary and I would like to do – but I am unable to do them at this time. Between the pain and the side effects of the drugs I am taking, I just cannot do much at all. This bothers me, I want Gary to enjoy his life and I want to enjoy mine as well.
Now that I have my new PCM Dr. T., I hope to find the reasons for these pains and find a resolution to stopping them or treating them so that my quality of life becomes better.