After having my bone scan completed back in February, I am very happy to say that the results were a big NEGATIVE. This means that the cancer had not spread to my bones. What a huge relief! On the other hand, this means that the source of the tremendous amount of pain that I continue to have in my hips and lower back is associated with the medication Arimidex that I was started on.
I have been given anti-inflamatory injections and a prescription for Mobic. I still experience pain on a daily basis. Some days are worse than others. On a good day I can go about my day…even with the pain, I am able to function and do everything that I need to do. Other days I am in such pain that I want to crawl in a corner and cry. However that it not an option. So I continue on. What else can I do?
This past week has been the worst in a while. My hip has bothered my a lot and my lower back just about has me in tears. I called my family doctor on Friday and she is recommending that I consider seeing a pain management specialist. She feels that they may be able to give me more options. I hate taking pain meds but at this point I am willing to hear what they have to say. The pain is now affecting my daily life with my husband and kids. I do not like that!
I also still have issues with neuropathy in my feet. That is not as much of a big deal as I have learned to just deal with that. It is not always pleasant, but it is not painful either.
Some other things going on….my hair is FINALLY starting to grow back good. The bald spot on the back of my head that was there forever is filling in nicely. My hair is brown again with a hint of red in it and the curls are coming back.
I never really thought before about how long cancer treatments can affect you.