Pain flareup and oncologist appointment
Monday, July 06, 2015
Had a flareup of my bone pain over the weekend; the worst of it started late yesterday afternoon and went on into the evening, in my left hip (my "bad" hip) and radiated down into my knee. Even my prescription pain med didn't really touch it. I couldn't find any comfortable position either sitting or lying down. It made it hard to get comfortable to sleep last night; I'm used to switching between lying on my left and right sides through the night, and I could only lay on my right side, but then after laying on that side for so long, my arm would go to sleep. Sleeping on my back wasn't an option either; I've never been able to fall asleep while lying on my back, and last night when I did try it, I kept getting spasms in my back. But once I fell asleep, I slept pretty well through the night. It's not hurting as much today, but it's still a little more pain than an "average" day.
Today was a busy day for me, but I got through it. Had my monthly lunch out with a few of the gals I use to work with. I'm glad I was able to go this time; I missed the one in May because I wasn't feeling good, and last month's because I had too much other stuff going on that week.
I saw my oncologist this afternoon; he said that the pain I am having is "tumor flare" from the Ibrance; it happens sometimes when starting new cancer treatments, and with the Ibrance, he said that the pain is a sign that it is working, but that eventually, that pain should be subsiding, but to let him know if it does not get better. I have been on the Ibrance a full week now. I also had my blood drawn for my weekly CBC while I was there at the cancer center; I'm glad they could do it there today, as it saved me making another stop at the hospital to get it done. I don't have the report yet though; when I get it done there, it takes several hours before I can see it online.
My cousin took me to my appointment today, and since she offered to take me to the store also, I picked up my groceries before heading home. It was later in the day than I usually like to shop, and I was tired, but I was glad to do it today because that means I don't have to take the bus to the store to do it this week, and I'm also glad to have that chore done with for this week.