Aug 31, 2012 - 9:44 pm
Hi to all my good cyber friends here at CSN. After reading a lot of the posts today I almost didn't post this because so many are suffering with this disease and I'm not all that sick anymore. But then again, don't we all post PET results?
On the way to my rad Onc's office I realized that I hadn't obsessed about this first PET scan. My attitude has always been positive so I was sure they'd find nothing. When I got there my blood pressure was high so maybe I was worried deep down.
So yes, the test showed NED and now I am relieved. Next scan won't be until a year from now. My Dr. said he was worried a tumor might have spread to another part of my body but it didn't. Yea!
Okay, so now I have a question for you all. He scheduled me for a blood test in two months to check my thyroid. I asked him about my chances of having a problem and he said it could happen soon or it will definitely happen later. Say what??? This is the first I've heard of this so it caught me off guard. I had a BOT tumor so the rads did go down a bit further on my neck. He did say that most of the time they find out via the test before any symptoms arise. I figured weight gain or loss but he said the first symptom is usually fatigue.
Is this the normal flow of events with radiating the neck? I didn't ask about the treatment for it but I will after the test. I assume it is taking another medication. Can it be managed okay via medicine?
On another subject I started acupuncture this week and will continue for at least three to five sessions. This is for my right shoulder stabbing pain from my neck dissection. The more I do the exercises the worse it gets, so I am cutting them down to about ¼ of the amount. I am getting very tired of the pain. It only happens when I use the computer (this hurts) or putting my arm in a horizontal position. The sharp pain is sudden and severe.
Thanks all for reading my mini book. If you can, let me know about your experience with your thyroid and any suggestions.