Hello everyone. And thanks for your responses.
Actually I am half falling asleep from these meds. that I am on to control the pain in my back. On Friday saw the orthopdeic DR. The reports from the MRI and catscan on the thoracic
area in my back came back as compression fractures. The T8 compression states it appears to be benign osteoportic fracture. This T8 fracture is 60% loss of height centrally and 30% loss of height both of anteriorly and posteriorly.
Other compression fractures are seen as well in the T12,L1, and L2. The DR. states I have to have a custom made brace for this. Gradually the compression fractures will heal. I still take the dilaudid. And I was also given a stronger muscle relaxer that puts me in LA LA land. The great news is I will take the pain as it does not see any metastatic lesions. The orthopedic DR. still wants to make sure and order this needle guided biopsy of the spine thru radiology in the cat scan dept. for this T8 area. He states it is a very small needle and it will estract the cells to see if there is any cancer. Down the road it looks like I will always be proned to these fractures due to the radiation of the pelvis and osteoporosis. Last year I had an insufficiency fracture of the right scaral ala which has healed. But this spine area is a nightmare, what pain. As far as the lymph nodes are concerned I asked the orthopedic DR. if the enlargement of them in the back are had anything to do with the back pain and he said "NO". He said the lymph nodes were only 2 cm. I will call my oncoligist
tomorrrow. I do see him on Thursday as well. I am not too fond of doing this needle biopsy of the spine. I was also advised to post pone the surgery in January to remove the rest of the colon and rectum. I will keep you updated, your friend Fran from LOng Iskand.