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Chemo and pain specialist appointment today

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

We had a storm system move through last night, it triggered a migraine which started around 4am. I took my Imitrex and it started working fairly quickly and thankfully I was able to fall back asleep. Woke up this morning with a little bit of a lingering headache, but an Excedren took care of that. Also woke up with same pain in my back, arm and shoulder, which I am sure is from the cold and damp weather.

We had a quite a bit of snow overnight, so I had to clean off my car and move it for the plow again, and do some shoveling. Thankfully it was not so cold today; I was actually starting to get a little too warm while shoveling. I had a little more snow than usual in my walkway, but I took my time and tried to be careful with my sore arm and shoulder.

I had chemo early in the afternoon; that went fine. We stopped at Rite Aid for a few things I needed, then came back home for about an hour, then it was time for my appointment at the pain clinic. Between all the time I sat in my oncologist's office, and the waiting to see my doctor at the pain clinic, I got the book I started last night almost read.

He is going to talk to my oncologist about getting another bone scan, just to rule out that there are bone mets there; it's rare to get them in the arm or shoulder, but it does happen. In the meantime, he gave me a nerve block to hopefully get some relief for a few weeks. I see him again next month. My shoulder isn't hurting much now, it's still numb from from what I was given before getting the nerve block. For some reason, my other arm where I received the sedative injection is stinging in that area.

He also gave me a prescription for a different pain pill to try.

I normally have to take to a sleeping pill the night I have chemo, but with the sedative today, I may not have too.

Editing to clarify something: I already have cancer in my bones, they are just checking to see if they have spread to the bones of my shoulder too.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PMCFARM 1/19/2011 5:59PM

  emoticon emoticon shoveling snow was never a high point of my day when living in snow country, second only to getting snowsuits on toddler girls who promptly have to "potty" emoticon MarilynC.

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BECKY3128 1/19/2011 12:40PM

    Hope you're doing well and feeling good today!

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LUNADRAGON 1/19/2011 7:00AM

    emoticon Hope you have some more comfort today.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/19/2011 6:20AM

    You are always such an inspiration to me. Praying that you get some relief from your pain.

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OPALMOON 1/19/2011 3:50AM

    Shari, I hope the news from the scan will be nothing to worry about, and also that the change in medication helps. Fingers crossed you can sleep well and be pain free tomorrow. Take care!


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FAIRVIEWBONNIE 1/18/2011 10:47PM

    So sorry you are going through all this. However, I admire how you are handling your situation. If I had lived near you, I would have cleaned off your car! You hang in there and keep reading those good books. emoticon

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CELLOPLAYER1 1/18/2011 10:29PM

    I hope you get some relief from the pain in your shoulder.

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AMYBINTN 1/18/2011 10:29PM

    I hope you're feeling better tomorrow. I know how migraines can be triggered by the weather--sometimes mine are. Tell your kitties to take good care of you tonight. I hope you get some rest. emoticon emoticon amy

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ROTTLADY 1/18/2011 9:36PM

    I hope they gave you some relief with all the medication and shots.I am not sure if I'd be shoveling snow after all that you had gone through.I'd would have stayed curled up under the covers. You are a very brave lady and I wish you well. I hope the cancer hasn't moved into any new areas.Sending you healing thoughts and prayers.Holly

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F8CONE8 1/18/2011 9:25PM

    Hope all goes well emoticon

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TINYC887 1/18/2011 9:17PM

    I hope chemo works for you, mine isnt

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LOVES_ANIMALS 1/18/2011 8:26PM

    Sending hugs!


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NURSNANA 1/18/2011 8:09PM

    Hey Shari, Sounds like you had a busy day.. Sorry you had so much snow to shovel this morning. Shoveling snow really hurts my back, hope it doesn't cause you any increased pain.

I enjoy reading your blogs. You motivate me to make the most of each and every day. :)

Hope you can get some good rest tonight.
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LINDAGRAVEL 1/18/2011 8:08PM

    I hope things workout and you feel better soon. emoticon emoticon

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ELLFIN3 1/18/2011 8:00PM

    I hope this nerve block helps the shoulder pain!!!! I can relate to the migraine! Thanks for you comment about the chemo caps! I was very glad I can take them by the hospital cancer center-it will not be out of my way home!! That is where I am going now to watch Biggest Loser and work on my caps!! Rest well and have a wonderful Wednesday!!!!!
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MOM2ACAT 1/18/2011 7:34PM

    SHUTCHINS8, my cancer mestasized to my bones in 2007, they are just going to check to see if it's in the bones of my shoulder. I already have it in my hip, pelvic, and spine bones.

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SHUTCHINS8 1/18/2011 6:55PM

  I'm sorry that you are having these challenges. I can relate to the migraines and the nerve blocks. I received a nerve block for Neuropathy from Shingles that I had numerous years ago. It worked on me for a little while. I wish you well and pray that your cancer hasn't metastisized to your bones. emoticon

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SLIMLILA 1/18/2011 6:49PM

    You are a very strong and brave woman... hope the pain meds will alleviate your aches and you can focus on getting better.

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2LABS2LOVE 1/18/2011 6:46PM

    emoticon As you drift tonight, dream that you are sitting on a beach somewhere...painfree and enjoying the sunset with your favorite spark friends! emoticon

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