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Quick radiation question

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I posted this somewhere else, but am hoping that someone has some wise words.
I am in my fifth week of radiation, and just last night started having a severe pain in the area being radiated. Not the skin, which is nice and burnt, but more of a muscle/ nerve pain whenever there is pressure on the area-- lying in bed, or just a hand touching the area. Anyone else have this?
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ALEXSGIRL1 4/11/2013 7:09PM

    my prayers are with you

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EVWINGS 4/11/2013 4:46PM

    When I had my first radiation, my onclogist and his nurse gave me a lot of advise about taking care of my skin right from the start. As far as the pain, my second treatment was far worse than the first. I think each of is different and the kind of treatment is different, too. My last two weeks both times were shorter than the ones before and last one seemed a breeze from all the other weeks. I had pain then and I still have some after a year and a half. The second cancer, I didn' have surgery, just the radiation and chemo. I think that made a difference of why it was so hard on me, too. I hope it will pass as soon as the radiation is finished.

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LADYMARCIA1 4/11/2013 4:45PM

    My 6 week of radiation was 6 years ago. I had mine just a couple of weeks after my mastectomy and was just ending chemo. Of course, I was still healing for surgery and I had more skin burn than anything else but I told them to just get it over with. Like Grandmababa said, I had different 'discomfort' than the burn and still do. I'm not sure if it is from radiation or scar tissue. I also know that I had some heart damage from it. BUT here I am. I'm still here. So I'm thankful I did it.
Hang in there. Talk to your radiologist about it. They have experience with so many people and situations. It's not in your head. Let them know that you are concerned about it. They will help you.
I will be thinking about you.
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ASTRA58 4/11/2013 2:06PM

    I never had any pain, but my oncologist warned me that it might happen. It's only a couple of days until the end of the week. You can finish this!

Can I assume that the 6th week is the "boost"? Where they will radiate different areas? I'm happy to tell you that this week is the worst and that you will start healing over the boost period, although you might not see it right away. The burn won't be getting worse, though.

My fifth week was so painful, burn wise, that I almost gave up. I wanted to stop so badly by about the middle of the week. My technicians and my oncologist assured me that the boost period (my 6th week) would not increase any of the burns and that it would not be painful. They were right and I'm so very glad I did it.

Hang in there! I am rooting for you!

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GRANDMABABA 4/10/2013 9:40PM

    Radiation can do all sorts of damage and cause pain. I continue to have radiation pain and the docs say it is likely permanent. I was treated over 12 years ago. I hope yours will resolve, but sometimes it just doesn't. My pain is to touch. At this point there is no continual pain. But, touch can make me a little crazy. Good luck.

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SONYALATRECE 4/10/2013 8:48PM

    My prayers for you...
Hope the pain subsides soon.


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