Dec 29, 2012 - 10:11 am
Again, I did not post much but I read a lot. I hope you all had a good Christmas.
Well, my Dad is now 3,5 months post chemoradiation. I think that he actually got stuck at the same place with pain in his throat. When he finished his tx after two weeks things got better. He never had PEG tube and was able to eat soft and mixed food all the time. He is able to maintain his weight. He had ulcers in his mouth, white coated tongue and was a bit dehydrated, 'cause he had hard time swallowing all the time. He had his first check up on Nov 21th: the rad onc doctor only touched his neck, look into his mouth and a bit down the throat. She said that his mouth is still not healed and it will get better with time, but slowly.
But now, more than one month after that doctor check-up things are pretty much the same. He goes to his medical doctors at the local hospital to check his mouth and she says his mouth is healing and gets better each week, but he doesn't feel that way. He still has a lot of pain when he swallows. He says on the scale from 1 to 10 his pain when he swallows is around 9 and when he does not swallow around 1 or 2 or even nothing. It is really weird that he still has so much pain swallowing after all this time. His food still needs to be mixed and pureed.
Is all this normal that this pain lasts for so long? He can't say whether this pain is getting easier or not. Maybe a little but it is hardly noticeble. He is quiet depressed about it. I did not read here that anyone had so much throat pain after 3 months? His pain is located at the exact place where the tumour was and where he got the most radiation.
Did anyone else had so much pain 3 or more months after treatment (no surgery, no neck dissection)?
Thank you again and God bless to everyone!!