Yesterday was my last day of radiation. One would think this is a good thing, but in this particular case it’s not. We decided to halt any further radiation treatments at this point because it is not helping with the pain I am having in my back or hips. In fact, after I leave radiation I usually am in more pain from laying on the hard table.
This past Monday and Tuesday I have had to go to the internal medicine clinic to get X-rays and IV meds because I was in so much pain. I am so frustrated! It seems like everything we are doing is not working. Everytime I lay down or sit for more than a few minutes my back feels like it's in excrutiating pain and usually takes me a minute to regain my composure.
I do have scheduled at CTCA more acupuncture and rehab physical therapy. I am hoping that this may help a little. At this point I am willing to try anything. I still haven’t gotten a rash from the Tarceva, which is a side effect that usually means the targeted chemotherapy is working. The doctor did mention that there is about 4 percent of the population that doesn’t experience the side effects from the chemotherapy. I still have another couple of weeks before we do a PET scan and I can see how the cancer is progressing.
This weekend I am going to Newport Beach with a couple of girlfriends. I am so excited! I haven’t been out of town since last year! Those of you that know me know that I love to travel and usually try to get out of town once a month. I am a little nervous about going and having something happen. I wish I had a little more time before we go. I feel like I need to call my care manager and get this pain situation taken care of.
Link to blog: http://themelissawaller.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/more-pain/