In last Friday’s post ‘Cancer, Pain & Guilt‘, I wrote the following words –
Next week I see a Neurologist and I hope with that appointment to find the source of my nerve pain. I am also hoping to find some relieve from this pain without having to continue to take a great deal of pain medication.
In today’s post, I write the following words –
You remember the reason for starting chemotherapy again is because my cancer had spread into my lymph nodes both in the thoracic area and lumbar area.
Since my surgery back in January I have experienced several types of pain in my lower back that radiate out into the legs and upper back.
I had asked my Oncologist Dr. L. if my cancer was causing this pain and he indicated to me no. The main pain in the lower back feels like it is in my bones, specially my pelvis. A bone scan concluded there was no cancer in my bones. Another pain I have is a stinging pain starting in the lower back that radiates down my legs, specifically on my right side.
Both these pains have increased over the past many weeks and pain medications have increased as well. My quality of life has decreased because I am unable to do many easy activities without having pain associated with it.
This past Tuesday, I had my appointment with the Neurologist. After providing information and performing some basic activities and upon reviewing my most recent scans; it was determined that one of the tumors on my lymph nodes closes to my spine is pressing against my genitofemoral nerve. The neurologist report also indicated due to my lengthy 10 ½ hours surgery; pressure was placed on my lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. So possibly these nerves are the cause of the pain I am experiencing.
The Neurologist suggested I be referred to Radiation Oncology for radiation treatments to help boost the chemotherapy and reduce the tumor that is pressing against the genitofemoral nerve. The referral is in place for the consultation at the end of this month. My hope is the radiation treatments can be worked in the schedule along with my chemotherapy treatments. I am unsure at this time how this will be handled.
Prior to my Radiation Oncology appointment, I will have my first of two appointments for my Facet Injections. You may remember I was also referred to Pain Management and it was suggested by them to have 2 appointments for the Facet Injections.
My current chemotherapy sessions result in me being very tired and I also eventually will have an outbreak of mouth sores.
These mouth sores occurred during my chemotherapy last year and again are occurring with the current chemotherapy. I do have a solution for the mouth sores that both relieves the pain and helps in healing them, but I usually will have them for 7-10 days.
More appointments and procedures will take place in the upcoming weeks; hopefully these will result in pain relief.