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    I had a "little bump in the road" four weeks ago when I was out of town on my Spring Music Tour in St. Louis. I noticed a pain in my back left side that grew with intensity and discomfort through the day. I called my doc in Little Rock and he advised me to go to the local ER. After 8 hours, a chest X-ray and CT scan, the attending ER doc comes in to say, "the good news is it is not a kidney stone. the bad news is we found a new mass." YES, that is literally what he said to me. Being a 3x cancer survivor, hearing the phrase "we found a new mass" is not what I wanted to hear. But this did not make sense to me and I said, "but I had a CT scan a month ago and nothing showed up. I've been on chemo for 6 months, how could a new tumor develop in a month while on chemo that has shown every sign that the treatment is working?" "Oh, and I had chemo last week, so I can't have surgery for at least a month." The ER doc was ready to call in a urologist and take me to surgery. I said HOLD ON, have you actually spoken to my oncologist in Little Rock? NO, they had not. They called him. It was decided I would be sent home with pain medication until I could see my LR doc. I overnighted the St. Louis scans and flew to LR two days later to meet with him. The MASS turned out to be SCAR TISSUE pressing on the ureter causing a partial blockage of the tube, which was backing up fluid in the kidney and that is what was causing my pain. I needed a stint inserted into the ureter to keep it open and flowing - a simple outpatient procedure. I had the procedure the next day and two days later was back performing again in St. Louis. I wrote about this experience on my latest blog: PegRoachLoyd.WordPress.com. My lesson learned? If something a doctor is telling you doesn't make sense to you, honor your gut instinct and get further information or a second opinion or whatever additional information you need before blindly following what the first doctor says!

    Thankfully, this turned out to be just a little bump in the road. I am grateful to all my friends and family who prayed me through the 3 days of uncertainty when we didn't know what the "mass" really was. I'm also grateful for the experience as it has inspired me to write a new song called, "Another bump on the road" - more on that later. :)

    Blessings to all the survivors on this website!!

    Thank you for being here!!

    Peg

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    Seeing you describe the discomfort in my chest as "squeeze" was brilliant. That is the best word to describe it. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      You are welcome..Its actually called the Avastin squeeze but the people who have the side effect.

      about 4 years ago
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    Thank you for sending the link about how to manage side effects from Xeloda on my recent question/answer. It was helpful.

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      You are most welcome, Carm RN.

      about 4 years ago
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    Thank you for all the answers, helpful insights & iinformation and for commiserating with me and sharing my pain! :) For what it is worth, when the foot pain happens, I find that Dr. Scholl's gel inserts are helpful to cushion my feet as I walk. That and wearing my comfy UGG slippers. ;) Hope this helps all of you who are experiencing the same thing.

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      I'm happy you are able to find some help. Please ask anytime you need anything.

      about 4 years ago