Tuesday, June 07, 2011
I had two appointments at the pain clinic today, at 10am with the PA, and 3:45pm with my doctor. The PA went over the MRI results with me. It did not show any new cancer in the lumbar spine, and the mets that were already there are old ones that are stable, and it did not show any nerve compression. I do have some arthritis there and degenerative discs. It also showed some damage to the bone marrow; most likely it's just from the chemo drugs, which are hard on the marrow, but he is going to call my oncologist and talk to him about it and make sure he sees the MRI also, just to confirm that that is what the damage is from.
He thinks I could benefit from a TENS unit, so he set me up with an appointment to talk to someone there about getting one on June 23rd. I am looking forward to that, if I could get some pain relief without drugs that would be great!
He also talked to my doctor, to see if he could see me while I was there instead of having to come back later. He discussed my MRI with my doctor and also what I had told him today, and my doctor decided to squeeze me into the morning schedule for nerve block injections to the lumbar spine. I had to wait for a little while, but I didn't mind; it was better than having to come back later, and I had my book with me to read. It also saved me from having to pay for a 2nd office visit in one day.
I was given some sedatives then had 3-4 injections (not sure exactly how many, I just knew it felt like I was being poked a lot, and being kind of fuzzy from the sedatives, not really able to count, lol!) My leg was a little numb after I got out of recovery, but not as bad as the last time. I had to lean on my mom to get to the car, but by the time she got me home I was able to walk unassisted, though I went slow and careful.
I got home around 1:30pm; I was so glad not to have to go back the pain clinic a second time, especially in the heat; very humid today and it got up into at least the upper 80's. I waited a couple of hours after I got home for more of the numbness to wear off before walking over to get the mail, then I got into my pajamas. My lower back was hurting so I sat down in the recliner with an ice pack on it. Did some reading but dozed off a few times too. But the ice did get my back feeling better. I need to get into the habit of using it more often. I usually just use my heating pad, but I can't use the heat on the injection site for 2-3 days.
Monday, June 06, 2011
It's Monday, so you know what I did today; my grocery shopping! I left around 9:30am; it felt nice and cool out then. I was in the store maybe an hour, in that time the heat and the humidity went up quite a bit. Once I got home, I didn't go out again til late afternoon when it was time to get the mail.
Even though I am inside where it's air conditioned, the increased humidity still makes my pain issues worse, and it doesn't look like I will get much relief for the next couple of days either, it's supposed to get even hotter, into the 90's. I know I'll be needing my pain pills for sure during the day. I just wish they didn't make me so tired, I can deal better with the pain when I can keep my mind occupied, but with the fatigue it makes it hard to enjoy doing things like playing games on the computer (I really like Gardens of Time on Facebook!) or reading; I love to read, but the past few nights I haven't been able to read more than a few pages without getting very sleepy.
One of my friends brought me 2 big bags of yarn that she didn't have a use for. I was so happy to get it! I can use it for those towels I am making and also for the chemo caps I crochet.
I got a short stability ball workout in today. I probably won't get a workout in tomorrow; I see both my PA and my doctor at the pain clinic, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Hoping to feel well enough to go to Walmart for a few things in between appointments. I wanted to go today, but I knew with the way my pain level has been the last few days I could not handle shopping in two large stores in one day. My mom is driving me tomorrow, because if they give me any injections at the pain clinic I need to have a driver, because of the sedatives. So at least I can take a pain pill before shopping tomorrow.
I have this week off from chemo, good timing with those pain clinic appointments!
Sunday, June 05, 2011
I was so sleepy last night that I could not keep my eyes open to read for very long, but that is not a bad thing; I'd rather fall asleep sooner than to toss and turn half the night. I was asleep by midnight and up at 7:30am this morning.
Hip pain was only slightly better when I got up, just more of a dull pain rather than the sharper pain I had yesterday. This afternoon, two pain pills later, it is feeling a little better. Really feeling it more in my back today, which is probably where the pain is actually coming from. I put a Tylenol Precise pain patch on my lower back this morning and it's helping a little bit. I just wish the pain pills didn't make me so tired, especially when I'm tired enough without them because of the chemo.
Hot out again today, in the 80's, but when I was outside after breakfast, it felt nice, it was still in the 70's then. I tried to do some more weeding, was shooting for working on it for 10 minutes but could only do 8. I never did get a chance to sit outside and read last night like I wanted too; I stepped outside at 7pm and it was just too hot, even in the shade. I'm so thankful I have central air, I don't do well in heat at all.
After coming in and sitting for awhile to take a break, I cleaned and vacuumed my floors. My back was a little stiff so I did the standing portion of my Tai Chi DVD. It didn't make me feel better right away, but I believe it helped with the pain this afternoon, I don't think it was just the pain pills that made me feel better. Even when my pain is at it's worst, I try to get up and move around throughout the day, too much sitting actually makes the sciatica worse.
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Have to take it easy today; not a good day with the hip pain.
Did a couple of loads of laundry, but otherwise mostly staying off my feet. No workout today.
Warm one today, in the 80's. If it cools off after dinner I might go sit outside with a book for a little while. Right now staying inside where it's cool.
Friday, June 03, 2011
I was finally able to sleep last night. Feeling a little better today, but still very tired. I did just finish up another 3 week cycle of chemo, so the fatigue is to be expected. For those who have been asking how many more treatments, that is something I don't know. I will be on the Navelbine for life, or until it quits working. I have it once per week for 3 weeks then I get a week off.
I did just the standing portion of my beginner Tai Chi dvd today. I woke up with my lower back really hurting, but it felt much better after doing the Tai Chi. I really enjoy that DVD, but I need a little more variety so that I do not get bored, and right now I can't do any of my in home walking DVDs like the Leslie Sansone because of my hip. I've been researching other workout DVDs online the past few days, and today I finally ordered some from Walmart.com. I am getting 2 more Tai Chi workouts, and yoga workout for arthritis. I'm having them shipped to the store and will pick them up there, so I won't have to pay a shipping charge. They should be here the week of the 13th.
Feeling the hip/knee pain today, but we have some unsettled weather coming again so I am not surprised. Nothing severe expected though, just some rain and maybe some thundershowers, and not something that will be all day. I'm expecting that for most of the weekend, the weather will be nice.
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