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markatger
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Joined: Feb 2005

Hello,

I recieved radiation to treat rectal tumor last summer and then had rectum/colon resected in September.

I am now back at work, where I often slump, rolling my pelvis back and sit on my tailbone for long hours. I now am having dull pain back there. I'm unsure if it is just due to my poor sitting habits. But I am concerned about bone metastasis.

I talked to oncologists's nurse last week, she didn't seem too concerned. Said that it could be caused by many things including inflammation from radiation. But she still recommended talking to my oncologist and possibly getting a bone scan.

Any info about bone metstasis and bone scans would be appreciated, including what your symptoms were like.

Thanks,
Maria

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Moesimo
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Joined: Aug 2003

Maria,

I had a bone scan when I was first diagnosed. You are injected with a nuclear med and then you have to wait for about 1/2 to an hour. Then you just have to lay still, no pain while your body is scanned. It's a piece of cake.

I hope you find a non cancer reason for your pain. It could be positional, but make sure you mention it to your doc.

Moe

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markatger
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Joined: Feb 2005

Hi ya Mo Mo : )

You are always so dependable to reply and have some info or encouragement! It is very kind of you.

I am glad to hear that bone scans are easy. I figured they were, but actually did have a thought flash into my head of the possibilty of it NOT being easy....you know images of bone marrow tests, etc..yikes! I looked it up on the web as well. It sounds a lot like a PET scan using a radioactive tag.

I wonder why some people get them when they are diagnosed and others don't. Did you have bone symptoms?

Maria

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Moesimo
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Maria,

No, I did not have any bone symptoms but my onc ordered a bone scan as well as a pet scan as part of my initial workup.

Moe

ps I respond to posts that I am familiar with to help others out. I remember how scary it was for me in the begining.

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chynabear
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Joined: Jul 2005

It is very interesting that you bring this up. The temperature has really dropped and suddenly I am having aches and pains around my tailbone area. It is really hard to describe. I notice that when I sit for long periods of time, especially at a desk, it is worse. The cold seems to correlate as well.

I did not have radiation. Just a colon resection and six months of chemo. My CT that I just had showed that I had a swolen lymph node around my surgical site. This could be the reason I am having some pain. The nurse also said that it could be from the cold. Just like any other injury, it could be more suceptible to the cold. My Oncologist wasn't very concerned about the pain. Plus, I'm going in for my annual scope in 8 days, so maybe that will give me some answers.

Let me know if you find out an explanation, please. I'll do the same.

Tricia

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