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Cucu me
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For  5days already I have a pain in the lung/liver area on the right side.

It's not sharp or strong, but I already think is recurrence.

I'll call my doctor tomorrow.

What else could it be if not recurrence? I'm almost two months after finishing chemo.

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Lou Ann M
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Do you still have your gall bladder?  I am sure there are many hings to could be, but I am glad you are calling your doctor tomorrow . You will worry until you do.  I seems like I worry about every little thing now.  I think it is probably very normal to worry.  Hugs and prayers, Lou Ann

Cucu me
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thanks so much for your replay.

I have my gall bladder. The pain is almost in the center, slightly on right.

I worry a lot. My first CT scan after the chemo is scheduled for December 18.

I guess they will ask me to go now and I did not want to tell my daughter about it.

We just got some nice and calm time after the chemo ended.

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I'm glad you are calling your doctor tomorrow, but please don't stress out until you get to talk to them. I'm a nurse and there are so many things it could be in that area that are not related to a recurrence, I can't even list them all. - Pam

Cucu me
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you are giving me such a hope.

Thank you

pinky104
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About a year and a half ago, I had pain on my lower left side.  With a history of stage IVb UPSC, I was convinced I had a recurrence.  I mentioned it at my family doctor's office and my PA ordered a CT scan.  It showed a mass, but it was on the OPPOSITE side from where my pain was.  I followed it up with a PET scan, which showed the same thing.  I went to my gyn/onc and he said he wasn't sure what it was.  He wanted to take a wait and see attitude.  I had CT scans twice, three months apart.  After the second one, he told me it wasn't growing, so it couldn't be cancer, but he wanted to wait another 6 months and scan again to be absolutely sure.  Well, after all my worrying,  he decided it wasn't anything significant.  It may have been something as simple as a fluid collection after having had my lymh nodes removed.  I still get the pain occasionally.  My family doctor's office says it could be just hard stool going around the bend in my intestine.  He told me to pay attention to whether or not I'm constipated the next time I have it.  I'm still not sure if it's that or not as I don't get constipated much, but I'm doing fine.

Maybe yours is something simple like reflux esophagitis. a mild case of pneumonia, gastritis or something else like that. Gallbladder disease, as someone mentioned, is also a likely culprit.  Reflux symptoms can resemble those of a heart attack, but they can also be fairly mild at times. Pain can sometimes radiate from one side to the other, so pinpointing your symptoms to a specific organ doesn't always work.

It's definitely normal to expect the worst, and the closer to treatment you are, the more likely you are to worry.  Try to relax until you see your doctor, and put off the worrying until he confirms it's something worth worrying about.  Most likely, he'll come up with something less serious as a cause. 

 

 

 

Cucu me
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Pinky,

You are completely right.

I spoke with the nurse of my onco doctor today and she said that does not look like cancer related to her.

So I'll wait and see.If it gets worse I'll go immediately.

AWK
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It did get worse  now I am gallbladder less!  My niece says it is  a continuation of my no spare parts campaign after my hysterectomy and removal of all of the ladyparts.  Next up looks like it may be my spleen.  That is being discussed.  

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Cucu, the nurse diagnosed you over the phone? I don't think that would be very comforting! I agree that you should go in and see your doctor. It is quite probable that it is something unrelated to cancer, but I would want to know. Sandy

Cucu me
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you are right, but I feel better and I guess I pulled a muscle.

I remembered that day I turned back to get something from the back seat of the car.

The pain did not start right after, but in the evening.

Could it be recurrence already if it's not pulled muscle?

pinky104
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It's always a possibility.  Stranger things have happened.

When you mentioned turning, that brought back memories of a pain I've had.  I've gotten pain when I've turned a little bit when driving and when getting into bed (my mattress is very high off the floor).  However, my pain happened immediately.  It's sharp and scary when it happens.  I really think it may be related to my hiatal hernia, as it feels like it's just below my ribs where my diaphragm would be.  I mentioned it to a doctor years ago to no avail. 

Cucu me
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sisters,

I'm going to the doctor next week.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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cucu me, I've been having pain around my liver/lungs for about 5 months now and was worried that I had a distant recurrance. My gyn oncologist told me 2 weeks ago that he doubted it was but he could see that I was concerned, so I had a Cat scan last week. I got the results yesterday- all is clear so I guess it's arthritis or something similar old people get. I suspect it will turn out to be the same thing for you!

Warm Wishes,

Cathy 

Cucu me
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Cathy.

 

I'll let you what is mine in few days.

 

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I had been thinking about you and wondered if you had gotten your scan results.  So happy that it was good news.

Chris

Cucu me
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I'm very happy with your results too, I know you worried about the shoulder pain.

Sorry, I did not mention above.

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This cancer diagnosis plays havoc with my imagination. It's not possible to have a new ache without thinking about it. I still don't know what is causing my pain. Old age?  I have a difficult time thinking of myself as aging!! Ha! Here I am wide awake in the middle of the night suffering from my periodic insomnia. Now that could be related to my age. I just remembered that I turn 63 tomorrow. I have been traveling on this cancer journey for just over 2 years now. It has gotten easier with the passage of time.

Bless you, my friends and hopefully you are all sleeping soundly, especially Debrajo our night owl in a rocking chair.

Cathy

 

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Cathy,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!  I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.  The closer I get to 60, the younger that number sounds to me. You are not old. I would challenge most 30 somethings to keep up with you. :-)

Also wanted to say how glad I am that your scan came back clean.  What a relief for you.  I am selfishly watching your progress as well since you refused the radiation and had the same stage/grade as me.  I am scheduled to meet with the radiologist on Dec 10th. Trying to keep an open mind but still leaning towards not doing it.

I wonder if we ever truly get over the panic of new aches and pains?  I have a feeling that is going to be part of our new normal....

Love and Hugs!

Cindi

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Just keeping an eye on you young ladies(from my rocking chair!).  Lord knows our minds are conditioned to think cancer at every twinge!  I know I'm alive by the amount of pain I have!  But you know what?  Not every one gets to grow "old" and hurt, and yes, it's not always pleasent, but I AM ALIVE!  I may fuss and gripe, complain, get scared, rant and rave over the injustice of it all.  I am not an easy person to live with when I hurt, but I take a pill (or two!) and try my best to go on.  I cooked for 20 on Thanksgiving...all mine, and six more that didn't get to come.  Like to have killed me, but sooo worth it!  By all means get the pain checked out, try to get rid of it, but live!  You girls take care, live for the moment and hope for the future!  Tomorrow is never promised to any of us.  Do y'all know the difference between we cancer people and "regular" people?  Nothing except we KNOW what we have and "they" haven't found out yet!  Love to all, and Happy Birthday Cathy...tomorrow!  I'll be 64 next month!  Debrajo

molimoli
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Hi ladies hope all of you are sheltered in one way or the other as you fight your individual battles .

My take on the aches and pains is that most of us have rounded the bend which starts rounding at about 55 yrs.most of  the aches and pains are " rounding the bend " related,  you would still be getting them without cancer so do go easy on the panicking, cancer seldom hurts, it's nature is sneaky,it's really not guilty of giving much warnings so  minimize the stressing  but still be vigilant.

Treat yourselves well and do what you can to cause another person to smile, I cherish the thought that you are all out there for me as I am for you ,we are blessed in a "hard to understand kind of way" Nuff love.

Moli

Cucu me
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I don't have the radiology results yet and I'm pretty sure that the doctor will call me with bad news.

I had the CT scan on Tuesday, I called yesterday and the admistritrator said that the doctor is busy and

he will call me. My Ca125 is 7. Before the end of chemo was 2.

I'm scared, stage 4 is not joke.How many people survive it?Omg

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I know how worried you must be, but remember that anything below 35 is concidered normal.  There are many reasons why those numbers jump around. Even a cold can make them rise.  I also tend worry if my CA125 goes up even a pont or 2.  Tuesday I found out mune went from 44 to 46 and I was almost in tears.  I had so hoped it would be lower instead of higher.  The doctor wasn't worried a bit. Said it was good it was staying the same. Try to relax and don't panic. There is a much better chance that every thing is OK.  My Thoughts and prayers are with you.  Lou Ann

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Waiting for test results is the pits!!!  I hope the pains turns out to be the results of aging.  I know I have more aches and pains than I had even five years ago.  One night I crawled into bed and I would have swore I knelt on a HUGE needle!  I even looked for blood.  It's happened twice since then and my doctor thinks it's a nerve pinch in my knee and there's nothing they can do.

Take care,

Eldri

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I think it takes a week or more before you get the results. Two days is not enough time! Don't stress over this if at all possible. My Ca 125 has never been below 8 and yours is quite low. THAT is a very good sign. Hang in there and try to just put one foot in front of the other and live in the here and now. I have been working very hard to do just that! 

Hugs,

Cathy

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We are only human, so it is difficult not to worry about new aches and pains. I try to be positive regardless of what I may face tomorrow. Isn't today all any of us really have?  Did those innocent victims in Paris, or on that bombed Russian plane or the government employees in California think that they would die the day they did? No, they didn't wake up that morning expecting it.  We are only guaranteed this moment and nothing more. I have learned not to take anything in this world for granted - thank you cancer for that- including the incredible women I have met here.  My heart is filled with gratitude and sadness, too, because we have all suffered the loss of so many others.

As Ro would say,

In peace and caring,

Cathy

 

molimoli
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Love the compilation of unexpected and dreadful deaths, proving our cups are half full,  the calculation and the reality check. yea ! no guarantees after this moment, none whatsoever.Keep hugging the moments with gratefulness despite Cancer.

Moli

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Abbycat2
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We are only human, so it is difficult not to worry about new aches and pains. I try to be positive regardless of what I may face tomorrow. Isn't today all any of us really have?  Did those innocent victims in Paris, or on that bombed Russian plane or the government employees in California think that they would die the day they did? No, they didn't wake up that morning expecting it.  We are only guaranteed this moment and nothing more. I have learned not to take anything in this world for granted - thank you cancer for that- including the incredible women I have met here.  My heart is filled with gratitude and sadness, too, because we have all suffered the loss of so many others.

As Ro would say,

In peace and caring,

Cathy

 

Cucu me
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sisters!

Thanks for the nice words.

I'm trying really hard not to even think, but my mind is not listening to me all the time.

On one side I say I'm healthy I feel good....

On another side what if I die soon.....You know how it is.

Your support means a lot to me, it's like a balm on my soul.

molimoli
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so the worries won't stand in today's  way, worry/stress is nourishing food for cancer, I pray that we can all keep those 3 evils at bay , daunting task but we must reject troubling thoughts without confirmation of test result. when worrying gets a head start it weakens and overtakes courage.

I wish us all daily renewed courage.

Yea , Cancer taught us many things , oh God !!! -too many. Cancer also taught many of us how to find our selves and indeed embrace the find.

Now if only we could find a way to always, always exercise this positivity of which I speak.Then my /your cancer would lose it's sting .Now imagine a state of mind where cancer becomes just a nuisance and not our everything. I push myself every day to imagine it so. I may be a fool but I am choosing to borrow happiness for the rest of my shortened days.

I am loving and hugging the thought that we are each other's sounding board when we are sad or glad  Nuff love, my sisters . Moli

 

Cucu me
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I finally got the CT scan results and they are good.

Only for the kidneys the report says:

"Stable too small to categorize 
low-attenuation bilateral renal lesions."

I guess is something old, although was not on the report before the surgery, but it was after.

Anyway I'm happy with the results. Next scanner is in March.

Btw the suspisious pain is less, I'll go eventually to a family doctor and see what is it.

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Happy for your good news!

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TeddyandBears_Mom
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Congrats!  Does this mean you can say your are NED?!!!! I think so.  Time to celebrate.

Love and Hugs,

Cindi

Cucu me
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Thank you.

Idk if I'm NED, my onco doctor have not called me, I saw the results online.

I wish you finishing the chemo with less side effects and getting great reports after.

To all sisters here courage and the best of luck!!!

Cucu me
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End of chemo October 9.

Start of the suspicious pain on November 17.

CT scan on December 1 and fine result,only too small spots on both kidneys, Ca 125 - 7

Finally ultrasound on January 21.

Results today:

Some spot on my liver, my Onco doctor wants me to do a new scan next week.

Now they are concerned, I can definately say that!

 

Love you sisters!

 

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After I had my hysterectomy on September 30th, I had a CT scan which showed some spots on my liver so they did another scan and they turned out to be fatty deposits which, according to my doctor, a lot of "older" people have and are nothing to worry about.  Hopefully yours will turn out to be something like that.

Love,

Eldri

Cucu me
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Thank you Eldri!

Wishing you the best health and no more problems.

molimoli
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Cucu please keep  in mind that  the liver is a clearing house,It may be that some crud is there that has nothing to do with cancer.

Think in terms of: not every shadow is the boggie man. I hope this is the case for you . Stay intact ,minimizing worry as there is nothing you can do about it now.wait for confirmation before expending the energy.

Showers of blessings I wish you  now. Moli.

Cucu me
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Moli, you are so caring.

Best to you too and don't stop make us laugh.

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Please let us know the results. I'm sending you lots of energy towards staying NED!

Hopefully, it is just a normal something....

Love and Hugs,

Cindi

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