Jun 13, 2013 - 4:23 pm
Well after finding a really great doctor and a doctor who did my recurrence surgery in 2010, I am once again faced with finding a new doctor since this doctor has moved to Texas. I met with the new doctor at the end of May. As first meetings go, it went ok. He did a PAP and ordered a CT Scan and chest X-ray. This was the first scan I have had for two years after getting them yearly (and sometimes every 6 months). (no results on anything yet)
Prior to my previous doctor leaving, I started to have back pains in my lower left back and some pain in my left leg (how it started previously). This was in February. I went to the chiropractor and after three weeks it was still bothering me so I called my doctor and spoke with the PA who indicated to me that cancer usually doesn't recur there and she said just to get a back x-ray. (this was before I knew my doctor was leaving in March). So I went to my local PCP who ordered the back x-ray and I also told my PCP about a fatty small mass I could palpitate on my back. She felt it too but told me she could not order a CT. I would first have to have the back x-ray and then go to physical therapy first (due to insurance) - Really????? The back x-ray report indicated that I had arthritic bumps along my spine (there was a specific name but it has gone from my memory). I was also getting pinchy feeling in my stomach and when I looked at the x-ray film I see a lot of surgical staples there. Now I am wondering whether or not the PA even spoke with my onc at that time.
Anyway, I received a letter from my onc telling me that he was leaving and giving me a list of other physicians. Made an appointment with one and had my appointment on May 31st.
So I had my CT scan on Monday and the tech there said that the doctor reading the scans was in the office that day and that I should have my report faxed to my onc that afternoon and that if I didn't hear from anyone to call. So I waited until Wednesday. First I called the scan place and asked if I could have the report faxed to me. She indicated they were not allowed to do that. So I called my onc and they indicated they didn't receive it. So I called the scan place again and she indicated that they faxed it to a number on the script (but it was for his other office). So I called my onc's office and got the new fax number and then called the scan place and had them refax to the new number. Still not hearing from anyone, I called today to speak with the PA but she was with a patient and so I left my number and indicated to the girl answering the phone that I wanted to know my CT results. I further asked her if she could tell me but of course she said no. That was at 9:30 this morning. It is now after 4 pm and I still didn't get a call.
All I want is my report. Now I am getting anxious. I have gained ten pounds since February since having the back pains. I feel like something is going on but cannot pinpoint it. Can I be going through menopause? Does your body go into menopause at a specific age whether or not you have had a hysterectomy?
Sorry to rant here, but I know that you all understand my concern and my ranting. I was 45 years old when first diagnosed and will turn 53 near the end of June.
Thanks for listening!