During Interferon, I went through a forced menopause, and a little less than a year after finishing Interferon, my cycle came back in a blaze of glory. Since then, I've had an ongoing increase in pain in my abdomen and back each month, sometimes debilitating fatigue, and increased swelling both in my leg and in my abdomen- with other symptoms increasing as well. Because my brother may be reading this, I'll spare you the gory details, but if you'd like to know them, I'll be happy to share them via email. You're welcome. :)
|the sonogram set-up|
Anyway, my GP has been really awesome about acknowledging these complaints, and I've had a couple of saliva tests that showed that I was producing barely any testosterone or progesterone, so I have a Rx for topical doses of those. The fatigue has gotten better overall, but can still be overwhelming at times, but at least some of the symptoms have subsided, like muscle cramps at night and inability to sleep.
|I call this instrument "the monster"|
Other good news is that the pain may be caused by fibroids. I had a sonogram (ouch) and boy did that suck. I was in pain from swelling for the 2 days afterward. I'm back to normal now, and am waiting for results, but thrilled that we may be able to figure out what the problem is. There has been a mention of a possible hysterectomy in the future, too.
Sorry uterus, but you gotta go.
The other bit of news is that I've scheduled my cancer scans for spring break. The GP has been insistent on me getting another PET, just to make sure that everything is on the up and up. I get it. I mean, it's been several years since I've had them done.
When I last talked to my onco, he asked me what I wanted to do about scans, and I told him pretty much flat out that I wanted to peace out and never be in a hospital ever again. He was sympathetic to my sentiment,
and told me to take some time to decide how I wanted to handle things. After months of thought, I was just kinda over it.
|Dr. Mark Walberg, my oncologist|
|And Mr. Mark Wahlberg, who I wish was my oncologist|
I'll keep you updated on the results of tests. Blessings to everyone!