Follow up to joint pain post & an interesting article
As you all know I posted a thread recently about my worsening joint pain in my elbows and shoulder (in particular my right elbow, really quite painful).
I mentioned it to my regular oncologist around the same time and he said to take vitamin B to see if that helped and to take Aleve for the pain. He also said on my next scheduled lab he would have a uric acid test ordered.
So Feb 21 just pass I was able to see a “visiting oncologist” from my cancer treatment center, (along with two other folks doctors / assistants in the room) they now make monthly trips to our small town and called and asked if I wanted to see this visiting oncologist up here rather than drive to Boise 100 miles south, to which I happily replied, yes!
So during my visit the visiting onco asks me how are things (they never read the charts do they) and I told her of my conversation with my regular onco and asked this visting oncologist how my uric acid looked (I had blood drawn 30 minutes before my appt as they requested). She did not see a uric acid test request and then proceeded to ask a dozen questions at least.
She then stated several things (try as I might to take mental notes, it was too fast for me). 1. She said cancer cells can release secretions called (insert word here) that can often cause pain in the joints. 2. She said cancer patients have to be closely monitored for spread to other parts of the body. 3. She used a big word that started with a “P” and that possible sounded like “polyu…..” (I have no idea what that is).
She then ordered quite a few tests to be completed another day, one for sure was an x-ray of the elbow and the other was a full blood profile.
So today Feb 26 my wife gets a call from one of the three doctors / assistants in the room during my visiting oncologist appt and asks “why hasn’t he done the test we asked for yet”?
I found an interesting article on the web (I know, I know, we are not suppose to google anything) that was interesting, but I found no words this visiting oncologist used. I’m still going to share with you all because that’s what we do on this forum. We share so we do not feel alone in our quest to recovery, but we also share so that we can all be better informed and better educated to at least ask questions we might have not otherwise thought of.
Oh, and just so everyone knows. I did share with this visiting oncologist all my activities I have been doing on a regular basis since September of this past year. I told her about the hunting, cutting AND splitting wood (the old fashion way with an ax) as well as my recent new activities of hunting via snowmobile well in the backcountry.
She still said “you need to have these tests”. So below is the link to the article I found interesting (I try hard to not post links that are not from accredited sites, but I am no doctor) and as I type this I tell you my elbow, forearms, especially the right elbow are quite painful (pain scale a 5-6) and I am going to have my tests done this week.
Other than that, I feel great, have lots of energy and just kind of wish the pain in the arms would go away so I can enjoy my activities a bit more, but the bottom line is I am thankful and not complaining for all I have.
Anybody with similar experiences or tests or knowledge of the words this doctor spoke of, feel free to share.
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