Jul 31, 2012 - 11:14 pm
Hello every one! My name is Andy and i recently been diagnosed with Diffused Large B Cell Lymphoma stage 3e. First, let me give you a little history. On January 31, 2012 i had total knee replacement. Up to this date, my knee is not quite rite. Anyway, in March i was having some stomach problems since i had divericulitis before, i went to my regular doctor and he ordered an ultra sound of my liver and abdomen cause my liver enzymes were very elevated. Maybe cause of all the meds from the knee surgery.
I went and took the ultra sound and the results was, that i had blocked vile ducts in addition to a small 2.1cm cyst in my spleen. So, 2 months later im feeling bloated, diarreah, losing weight and pain on my side. My Doctor ordered an mri . Withing 2 months m cyst has grown more than tripple. I was sent to an oncologist. Did a PET SCAN and my spleen lit up like a christmas tree. My jugular and pelvic lymph nodes lit at well but not as much. They tried to biopsy my pelvic lymph node and it came back inconclusive. The spleen is so vascular to biopsy, so they had the reamove the WHOLE THING and was sent to pathology. 3 days later, in the hospital i found out about the cancer.
Did bone marrow biopsy and thank god it came back negative. Im right now on my second post day of my first R-CHOP therapy. I need 6 cycles. So far so good. Predinisone has m going crazy a bit. Didnt sleep last night at all. Hope tonight is a better night. I just want to know what to expect ahead. I hace been eating well though. I also got my booster shot for my wbc. They told me to take claritin for the pain in chest and back.
My dilemma doesnt end there. About 22 years ago i was diagnosed with HIV +. I had a bad blood transfussion after a car accident. I never needed any medication EVER. Until now. When i was in the hospital taking my spleen out, my CD4 count went so low and viral load high. So, they started me on medication to help my immune system which now all out of wack. My lymphoma is no way connected to my hiv problem. What could have triggered it? Will this make my treatment harder? What can i expect in my next few days. Again, im in my 2 post treatment day of my 1 treatment EVER. thank you all and God Bless. I need to attack this like HIV , positive approach and great support system that i never needed treatment after 22 years, until now. Any help and support will be greatly appreciated. Thank You