lulu Posted March 17, 2006 Share Posted March 17, 2006 Hello everyone, My name is Luann and I have been reading the posts since September,2005.That is when my mom was diagnosed with stage iv NSCLC. Mom had been complaining for years of lower back pain which was diagnosed as arthritis. The pain worsened and I convinced mom to get it checked, her primary care physician once again diagnosed it as arthritis. I asked him to send mom for an MRI as the pain was very severe. The MRI did not show much it did indicate a possible pathological ot stress fracture, this did warrent further testing.After running a gammit of tests which included CAT scan, Bone scan, bone marrow biopsy and numerous blood tests, the diagnosis still remained arthritis as all of the tests were negative. I was not satisfied due to the fact that moms back pain continue to worsen. I made an appointment with an orthopod, and he decided that mom had degenerative disc disease, that was not unusual for a 72 year old women.My family and primary care physician thought I was crazy putting mom through more tests, my brother and husband called me an alarmist. The orthopod decided that a nerve may be pinched in moms sacral area and he decided to do a minor surgical procedure called nerve decompression. A 1 hour surgery took 4 hous and when the Dr came out he told me that he found a tumor on moms spine that looked metastatic in nature. My heart sank, as a nurse I knew it wasn't good news. Moms pathology report came back poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma, primary unknown. After more tests a 3 cm tumor was found on the upper lobe of moms right lung.Mom has had 15 Radiation treatment to lower spine and 36 to chest wall. She also recieved weekly chemo of Taxol and Carboplatin in conjunction with radiation. She tolerated this well except for extreme fatigue and peripheral neuropathy. She started her second rond of chemo last week and the neuropathy worsened. Oncologist took her off neurontin and put her on Lyrica, He is also considering changing Taxol to Taxotere, which is harder on blood counts, from all the stats that I keep reading on Stage iv lung cancer I am afraid I won't have mom for long, but after reading your posts I have more hope, I want to thank all of you for giving me some hope as I am so scared for my mom. I know this is long but I have been trying to think of what to post since Sept. so I guess I consolodated a few months into this 1 post. Again Thank You. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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