Feb 12, 2013 - 9:12 pm
In the last month I have noticed pronounced pain (scale of 4-5) in both elbows and the right shoulder. This is new. I have always had hip joint pain since my treatments ended in Jan 2012 but I attributed that to my dramatic weight loss of 70lbs and hip joints just shifting to a different place (and my oncologist had no reason or answer as to why I was having hip joint pain).
So the hip joint pain is a constant, but it's not bad or unbearable (at night is the worst when sleeping on one side for too long, so I turn a lot).
But the elbow and shoulder pain (I am left handed and the pain is mostly pronounced on the right side) is new and ticking up in severity daily it seems for the last month? I have been hunting and cutting / splitting wood for months (constant in the winter here in Idaho) and have not had this, so I don't believe it to be from too much work. And my right palm / hand is experiencing heat with some numbness This past week as I was cutting splitting wood (the old fashion way with an ax) I was not able to pick up a split piece of wood with my right hand, it was like the tendons or muscles just did not work and it was painful?? Dagum it. I need my arms right now
I called my oncologist (I give up on my GP- being in a small they rotate out GP's and I never get the same one and they never seem to know my history). He said try Aleve, B-complex vitamins and see if that helps. I am already taking B-complex vitamins, ibuprofen (Advil) or Tylenol does not seem to help..so I will try the Aleve. He did say my next visit (March 7) they would run lab to see if my uric acid was high.
I thought for sure Erbitux would not have or cause these side affects based on what I have heard???
Any other input, similar experiences or remedies to help with the pain or better, aleviate the problem altogether would be welcome.
I did not have surgery or traditional chemo. I had Erbitux and radiation only for my BOT w/ one lymph node