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Best Friend
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Mom had chemo on friday. Just the taxol. they decided she was not fit to do every week. She had her neulasta shot on saturday so she is having a harder time recovering this time. i am worried. She looks terrible. So small and just like a shell of her former self. She was having pain has that on the left side of her head closer to front. Not like a migraine but like it hurt. Just could not get it to go away. Tried her vicodin. Tried to give her some claritin hoping it was inflammation. So the doc said to go in for a checkup. They ended up doin a catscan and it didn't show anything but he said if it doesn't go away he wants to do an MRI? I am not trying to jump the gun, or be negative. I just wanna know if this cancer has a habit of spreading to the brain? I mean no one here seems to have that problem. Is it possible for this pain to be a tumor if the catscan didn't show one? I am worried. Any honest answers are appreciated. Mom is ready to give up again. I told her she has been through so much and she's nearing the end for atleast awhile.I can't help her through this if she sits around rubbing her head all day trying to find ways to relieve the pain. He perscribed percocet but even that is still just dulling it a little. HELP!!!!!!

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Obviously no one knows of this.

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AussieMaddie
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Hi BF (( ))

I've withdrawn into myself a lot lately and haven't replied at all in weeks. I'm sorry about that. Want to pop in tonight briefly just to let others know that I'm thinking of you all and still up against it myself.

My mother died of cancer whose primary started in the lung and was related to her having smoked all her life. Lung cancer is well known to go straight to the brain. Mum's did and so did that of a friend's son who also died of lung cancer. And neither had headaches even after it did go to the brain, so I wouldn't automatically take your mother's headaches to be cancer. Wait to see what the doctor finds. Headaches are *so* common with or without cancer, that you are probably worrying needlessly. I all that I've read so far, here and elsewhere, I've not read that this cancer goes directly to the brain, more likely to go to one of the organs which are inside the abdomen - since the cancer is of the lining of the abdomen.

So relax for now and just see what the doctor can learn about the headaches.

Ok?

Take care,

AussieMaddie

Best Friend
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I think she was just scared because it was a new side effect. Also, that she was taking painkillers and they weren't that effective.
Been wonderin where u went. Glad ur ok. It's not good to disappear around here. Ya know? I know that sounds terrible but it's the facts, right?
Anyway, her headaches have subsided. I am definitely with you on being kinda hidden lately. I have been super emotional about my mom and alone about it. I swear some people are clueless. They think cuz i don't discuss it that it's not on my mind. It's always there.
Alrighty, take care and i'll see(well not exactly) u around.

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AussieMaddie
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Best Friend "It's not good to disappear around here. Ya know?"

Oops!

I'm sorry
Nevertheless, I do withdraw a great deal. Always have over the years. I try not to. Just part of my mental challenges (which is why I accepted the prognosis of my cancer so easily) And then I went and responded to Carbol/Taxol so well that the prognosis improved, and I'm still left with the mental challenges... not my favouite choice, I admit. But then, I don't have any of the debilitating symptoms, not even the headaches, of the chemo and I don't have children who, by my passing, will be left adrift. I also don't fear the dying part, but I totally understand why others do, Maybe I'll surprise myself and when the moment comes I'll complain about that!

I certainliy don't want to worry others so I'll try to make *some* contact more regularly.

Thank you for reminding me of that

((( )))

AussieMaddie

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Tethys41
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Periodically I had headaches during treatment. I am guessing they were a result of all the drugs. I was on mega doses of pain killers, and still got the headaches. I found that pressure points would at least relieve the pain, if not eliminate it.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/headache-relief-pressure-points.html

Your mom is probably feeling defeated due to the pain. If she can find a way to get that under control, she will probably get her fighting spirit back.
Take care

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