Aug 21, 2012 - 2:44 pm
Hello all, I hope this post finds you well. I have a quick question that I am hoping you might be able to help with. Quick history, I was dx'd in May of 2010, stage 4 rectal cancer with a single met to my liver. 6 weeks of radiaion prior to surgery. Had Surgery in September of 2010 for both the rectal tumor and the liver met. Also, I now have a permanent colostomy. Surgeon said that the surgery went well and felt that all was removed. So far so good. Anyway, since the surgery I get severe shooting pain at the surgery site that is almost like a spasm and can last for up to an hour sometimes. I have had several scans since and they tell me all is well and my CEA at last vist (6/3) was 1.0. Oncologist has stated that it is likely nerve damage from the radiation. So my questoin, has anyone else with a similar diagnosis experienced this type pain and does is eventually subside? Onc continues to prescribe pain meds and I am taking 3 to 4 oxycodone per day to dull the pain when it does hit. This has been the case now for well over a year and I find myself taking these meds in anticipation of the pain. Concerned that I am becoming dependent. I have expressed my concern to my onc and he doesnt seem to think it's an issue as long as they are providing relief. Appreciate any feedback.