Wednesday, February 26, 2014
My first appointment of the day yesterday wasn't until 11:15am, so I had time to get my workout in before getting ready to go. And before I get started on more of my day, some good news; my neck and shoulder felt a lot better last week. I still had some pain, but it wasn't as unbearable as it had been.
My first appointment was with my oncologist, since my neck and shoulder pain got better last week, he's not concerned that it is new bone mets at this time. I asked him about my fatigue, and the fact that it wasn't better even a month after being off the Abraxane, but he said that will take more time to get better, at least another month.
After that, I had my Zometa infusion, and that went pretty quickly. I got done in plenty of time for Rhonda and I to have a leisurely lunch out before my 2:30pm appointment with the pain clinic.
It was a long wait out there yesterday, they were quite behind because one of the procedures took much longer than expected. I sat an hour in the waiting room, and another hour in the exam room before I saw my doctor. Thankfully, I had a book with me. (I never go anywhere I have to wait without a book or my Kindle.)
When my doctor finally did get to me, he took his time talking with me, as always, and it's always something I appreciate. I told him that the injection I had for my hip last time didn't really make any difference in the pain, and of my concerns about falling on the ice around my house when I got home if it numbed up my leg like last time. (If you regularly read my blogs, you might remember I fell inside my house after my leg went out from under me when I got home after my last injections.) He agreed with me, that since the injections for the hip haven't been helping, that the risk of falling on the ice weren't worth the possible benefits of trying another injection there.
We talked more about the neck and right shoulder pain. I told him that at first, the last set of injections helped, but that I had about 3 weeks where the pain returned and made me quite miserable at times, and even my pain pills did not touch the pain. He told me he would repeat the injections again, and if they helped, even for just 2-3 weeks, he would at least know that he was hitting the nerve causing the problem, and it was a nerve, he said, that didn't serve any purpose other than to send pain signals. So, if this series of injections indicate that, when I see him again in April, he will do something called a rhizotomy, which is injecting a hot needle into the nerve to deaden it, and it should relieve the pain for hopefully 3-6 months. I will go into more detail about that procedure in a future blog if I end up having it done.
Anyway, I had to wait a little bit longer, then I was in the procedure room, was given the sedatives as usual and had the injections. I did ok; it sure felt like I was being poked a lot. It hurt a little, but it was not extremely painful. Then after some time in the recovery room, it was time to go home. I got out of there around 6pm. I felt so bad that Rhonda had to wait so long for me, but she said it wasn't my fault.
I forgot to mention, he increased my pain meds to the next dosage size up, so hopefully that will help even more with the hip pain and other areas I have pain. I haven't had a chance to fill the prescription yet, but that's ok, I have plenty of my other pain pills left.
My neck is quite sore today, but that is normal after those injections. The injections themselves cause some temporary inflammation before they start to make me feel better. I think they are already working though, because despite the pain in the neck, my shoulder is not hurting today. I am just taking it easy today, because the less I have to move my neck, the better it feels. I decided not to try a workout today. I will wait til tomorrow and see how it feels before I decide if I will do my workout. I'm doing good with them though, I've only missed 2 workouts so far this month.