May 11, 2012 - 10:18 pm
Ok, so I think I am a walking miracle, like the rest of you. I finished my chemo and radiation treatments just over 9 months ago. I had numerous complications, severe pelvic and abdominal infections that lead to fistulas. I have not been able to have PET or CAT scans since finishing because of surgery to repair the fistulas in November, and THANK GOD, I have had my colostomy reversed the 1st week in March, and had my port removed as well.
In my hearts of hearts, I believe the cancer is gone, but we will not have definite confirmation until I have my scans, which I think will be in July.
I do have a question to pose, regarding side effects from chemo and radiation.
I am having difficulty with joints and muscle, predominantly in my hands, arms and shoulders. Every morning that I wake up, I have severe stiffness in my fingers. I cannot bend them at all. I have to have my husband SLOWLY bend them into a fist position, with significant pain. I can't button anything, or really use my hands. Sometimes the pain radiates into my muscles in my lower arms. Usually, after 2-3 hours of being awake my hands are back to normal.
I have also had, what I think is chronic bursitis and/or tendonitis. Quite a few times I have not been able to lift my arm due to the pain in my shoulder or shoulders. I also did not have the strength to lift them. I also have begun noticing that, especially in my hands and wrists, I getting bouts of swelling and warm areas in the "soft areas of my wrist joints. I have been thinking about it and remember back, that I started having these problems during chemo/radiation (I did mine together).
Am I crazy or is this a possible side effect? My doctor says it's age, but I don't think so....