• Do you worry about every ache and pain--that it might be the cancer?

    Asked by peacelover1950 on Monday, January 20, 2014

    Do you worry about every ache and pain--that it might be the cancer?

    I know that I have aches and pains. I am 64 years old. It happens. And before diagnosis I wouldn't have thought twice about it. But now, good grief! Everything is suspect! Anybody else out there do the same thing? I can usually adjust my thinking before I get into too much of a tizzy, but it is disturbing to say the least. I finished my chemo on Dec. 18th, and will have my follow up PET scan on Feb. 3, with my Dr. appointment on the 5th. So I haven't gotten an all clear yet, although my doctor was very satisfied with my mid-chemo CT and said he expects all to be well for this upcoming scan.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      There are certain levels of "worrying" about it. I don't obsess over it, but every time I have a pain or new problem the thought is always there. It's a fact of life, each new thing "could" be cancer again. But then again for most of the things I've had over the last 26 years have not been. On that note, I have an issue I'm going to go get checked out tomorrow, hopefully it's going to be another "nothing". I hope your's is too.

      over 6 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      This is so normal in this alternate reality of being a survivor. After a while it calms down, you will still have that initial "Oh NO" moment but eventually you learn to talk yourself off the cancer self diagnosis pretty quickly. We also become annoying to our spouses for the same kind of reasons ("check that mole...")- Tracy

      over 6 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      Yes it is completely normal, I think that we all have PTSD from the cancer diagnosis and it comes out in lots of different ways! So I wouldn't worry about every pain. Only if you have regular pain in one area that really shouldn't be there-blood or bruising that shouldn't be there- you get that idea-unexplained fevers- odd blood work- please get stuff like that checked out until you a clear answer and not a guess, Take care!

      over 6 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar

      I do get thoughts about whether or not that new twinge or pain can be something , and I allow it to come in but not stay an take up residence. I think it is perfectly normal to have those thoughts, I just don't let it prevent me from getting on with my joy or my job. Wishing you all te best :-)

      over 6 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar

      One time I was feeling miserable for several weeks. My high school class went on a cruise for our reunion, and I could not fully enjoy it, but I did get lots of sympathy. I was sure this was a recurrence. It turned out to be an upper respiratory infection taken care of by an antibiotic. Several similar episodes occurred before I got it. I still get colds and flus.

      over 6 years ago
    • peacelover1950's Avatar

      lilymadeline, I agree about the PTSD. I have a buddy (assigned to me through lymphoma.org) who has been a blessing through all of this. She was diagnosed in 2010 and is doing great now. Anyway, she suggested the same thing. AND I have to remember that I had aches, pains and twinges long before my diagnosis of NHL!

      over 6 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Yep. I really didn't start until well after treatment. Lately I've had this recurring headache. Aaaaa! Brain mets!! Yeah, then I need to put that thought out of my mind. Every once in a while though, that fear creeps back in.

      over 6 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      I was a hypo before I got this dreadful mess BUT Now I'm worse...
      Just to lighten things up a bit and maybe give you guys a much needed laugh...check out my song "AFRAID TO GO TO THE DOCTOR"..


      I can be heard at barrydbutler channel on youtube

      BTW...as per my usual message check out the book THE CHINA STUDY and Chris Beat Cancer site AND Facebook page. Research Raw Foods and Juicing for all Cancers...Can't hurt...

      over 6 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I think we ALL worry about the cancer coming back--especially people like Greg (3x) and me (2x). But I refuse to let the cancer dominate my life now that I'm done with treatment. I think you have to make a choice--and a Plan B. Choose NOT to obsess about recurrence, but DO have a Plan B in case it does. That takes the pressure off...if it comes back, you simply move into Plan B mode. After my first breast cancer (and lumpectomy & radiation), I decided that if it ever came back, my Plan B would be bilateral mastectomy. And I think that made the implementation of Plan B less difficult--because I had taken the time to figure out what I would do ahead of time.

      BUT--as lilymadeline said, if I really had a legit concern with symptoms she mentioned (and it has bothered me for at least several days), I wouldn't hesitate to call my onc. He understands! And why obsess about something that isn't worth the worry? We've been through enough already!

      over 6 years ago
    • WoodstockWoman's Avatar

      I think that worrying about every ache and pain after a cancer diagnosis should be part of the diagnosis (much like chemobrain). It is realistic to be fearful but please don't let it dominate your life.

      over 6 years ago
    • barbdee's Avatar

      Yes, and I have a very vivid imagination! Just have to have an internal chat with myself & a prayer usually helps. I'm 63 & we had aches & pains before cancer. Maybe time will help.
      Good luck! Barb

      over 6 years ago
    • pearlene's Avatar

      YES I DO. I get so worked up everytime I have anything simple usually nothing major. I wish that I wouldn't do it. My poor husband and daughter gets so scared they scare me. We all need to chill I know but when you go through what we have been through its hard. I know my doctors want to tell me to chill. Ha.

      over 6 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      It's not legal in Florida but I'd like to smoke a big Doobie.
      I may mover to Colorado or Washington State.
      It is very hard to NOT worry about it.....Wish it was different.

      over 6 years ago
    • Ellie59's Avatar

      Yes, but less with time. It gets better I promise.
      Be well

      over 6 years ago

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