Oct 29, 2010 - 8:34 pm
I am a 48 year old who was diagnosed with melanoma in April 2010. The melanoma was removed via surgery with no other treatments needed. On August 15, 2010 I went to the ER with right flank pain. After having a CT done the Dr. came in, when I asked what was causing the pain in my right side he said he was on concerned about that he was concerned with the 6 cm mass in my left kidney. He said he called the urologist and was sure it was RCC. When I burst into tears he said he did not want me to worry about it but he was very concerned. UGH!!
I had a radical nephrectomy on 9/27. I was released from the hospital 10/1 to return on 10/2 with triple PE. That is when I found out that they had removed a rib. It has now been almost 5 weeks and I can not believe the fatigue, irregular sleep (when I can), and the pain that shoots from the left side without a warning. I feel I should be doing so much better by now. I have always recovered faster than most on previous surgeries.
I am due to go back to work in a week but I am not sure I am up to it yet. My work only allows 6 weeks for this type of surgery. I feel like I am doing to much now and yet not enough.