julieann Posted May 16, 2011 Share Posted May 16, 2011 About a year ago my dad was diagnosed with arthritis in his shoulder; come to find out that it was a pancoast tumor on the top of his right lung which was causing him an unmanageable amount of pain. After him demanding different tests that is when he found out that it was the tumor. He went through 25 radiation treatments and chemotherapy. this was done to reduce the size of the tumor so he could have the operation to remove 1/3 of his lung and onr rib and break another. In the process it damaged the nerves in the brachial plexus that lead down his right arm. The surgery was a success. The doctors even used the word "cured." This was great news for my family. After much more chemotherapy after the surgery...which the doctor admitted that he over-dosed my dad on...the cancer is still gone but my dad is still in chronic pain daily. Within the past two months he had a trial period of a spinal cord stimulator put in to try and "trick" his brain.. that means that the vibrations sent through the stimulator would meet up with the pain signals and dull them... this did not work. up until this time he had been on fentanyl patches.. those didnt help; neurontin...that didnt help; oxycontin..that eased the pain but made him hallucinat; oxy IR.. those are easing the pain slightly. A week and a half ago he had a nerve moved under his elbow to try to relieve some of the pressure that the nerve was under; the doctor also thought that it would be a good idea to do the carpul tunnel (sp?) surgery because it only took 8 more minutes. Now his arm is still in the splint and he is in more pain than ever. His feet are numb and it is very hard for him to walk. the doctor said its from the chemo and will never go away but his body might get used to it.. However that is what they said about the nerve damage too. After being in chronic pain for a year, my dad wishes he never would have went through with the surgery and that his days will end soon. I have never had to see anyone suffer so much in my entire life. Especially my dad, who has always been the stongest person that i have known. Im so proud of him for making it this far but will there ever be a solution to this pain? I hear that some people have survived this for over ten years? How did you get rid of the pain.. Please help us we are lost and suffering greatly. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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