Annie01 Posted May 28, 2009 Share Posted May 28, 2009 Hello, My mom has a pain in her butt--literally, and I swear it's not me! The pain was mild prior to her diagnosis of Stage IV NSCLC (squamous cell) in early March. A "hot spot" at the site of her "butt pain" showed up on the initial PET scan, but the thoracic surgeon, her oncologist and an ER doc have all looked at the PET scan and all agree it doesn't appear to be cancer, but they don't really know what it is--perhaps arthritis. They don't seem concerned about it--obviously, their focus is the cancer. She started IV chemo treatments of carbo/taxol about 10 weeks ago--one treatment every 3 weeks--and the pain has become worse since chemo started--severe enough one time to go to the ER on a weekend. She has a prescription for what amounts to Vicodin (hydrocodone5mg/APAP 500mg) which helps some, but she says the pain is a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 meaning--take me out and shoot me. I think that's pretty high. Does anyone have any thoughts about this? Has anyone else experienced this? Should she be more assertive with the doctor in trying to figure it out? Thank you. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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