In my post ‘Pain Explained?‘, I wrote the following –
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 my post ‘This Friday – The Next Stage‘, I wrote the following –
Friday of last week I met with Dr. L. to discuss the results of the previous week’s tests and my future. At this time, there is no indication my cancer has spread to any major organs or my bones. However, it is confirmed my cancer is in the lumbar region Lymph Nodes as well as the thoracic region Lymph Nodes.
In today’s post, I write the following –
A little over 3 months ago, I had major surgery to remove my bladder, prostate and other male related organs. The surgery recovery, I feel is satisfactory, but I have experienced some pain ever since then. You may remember immediately prior to surgery I was experiencing major pain and was on major pain medications. At that time I was experiencing many different pains and some of those pains I no longer feel. Now, many weeks into my recovery; I continue to experience major pain and continue major pain medications.
Upon a recent visit with my Oncologist Dr. L. at the Moffitt Cancer Center, I asked if these pains could be a result of the cancer being in my Lymph Nodes, particularly the lumbar region.
This is the region that most of the pain is originating from and then spreads to other areas of my body. Dr. L. responded that the pain I am experiencing would not be a result of my cancer.
I mentioned in my post ‘quality of life……. (or lack of it)‘, that I have 2 specific pains that cause discomfort in my daily activities and is affecting my quality of life. I also mentioned I had an appointment with my Primary Care Manager (PCM); and we discussed my current pain issues.
The visit with my new PCM Dr. T went very well and I was extremely satisfied with her ability. Dr. T. is the head of Internal Medicine at the MacDill Air Force Base medical facility and she took quite a bit of time to discuss my past medical history and current issues that are taking place. She was truly interested in me and having me feel better. Additional medications were prescribed and referrals are submitted for other specialized care.
These referrals for specialized care include a Urologist to continue the care and follow-up of my recent surgery. Other referrals include Neurologist, Pain Management, and because I have the service available to me, a referral was put in for Optometrist. Recently, I have noticed the eyes are not what they once were and having an examination would be a benefit.
I expect several more weeks of appointments to take place and the hopes are this pain that is affecting my daily activities can be controlled to a minimal level so that I may have a better quality of life.