Sep 10, 2011 - 3:44 pm
Hi. In Sept. 2009 I had stage 3/4 rectal cancer treated with radiation therapy for 5 weeks before surgery along with Xeloda. I had surgery in Jan. 2010 with permanent colostomy which was uneventful & healed fast. No evidence of cancer in lymph nodes. This was followed by 3 doses of chemo (12 weeks) which really made me sick. A few weeks later (June 2010) I began to have low back pain and was diagnosed with pelvic insufficiency stress fractures possibly due to radiation therapy. This healed, but have since been stricken with more fractures in various parts of the pelvis. One seems to get better, and another one shows up.
The latest fracture (July 31 this year) is the worst ever. I'm in constant pain on the right side mostly groin, and can't walk without a walker. My osteo Dr says 3 months before it heals enough to give me some relief. This is so discouraging! They've given me Vicodin every 4-6 hrs. Then they tried a muscle relaxor Cyclobenzaphrine which keep me doped up & depressed so has been discontinued. Just lying down & getting in and out of bed is excrusiatingly painful. Fortunately my husband has been wonderful doing all the housework, cooking & laundry and is the best caregiver anyone could ask for.
Has anyone had this problem? My surgeon says that that part of my body is older than the rest of my body from the radiation. I had a dexa-scan that showed severe osteoporosis, and am now on a monthy dose of Boniva. I'm really scared that this is a life-long problem. I want to just get back to doing the basics in life...driving, doing my laundry, shopping, cooking, etc. Please let me know if any of you have gone through something similar and what the outcome was.