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    Well, I've had a lot of pain, anxiety, etc. especially in the last two months. I've finally decided that all of my pain, etc. was caused by the cancer growing and finally showing some symptoms. So.....My appointment with Dr. Peterson went exceptionally well this morning. Since taking a minimum dose (15 mg.) of morphine once yesterday and once today - (for the first time ever) I'm in no pain, am smiling and making jokes, don't need anti-anxiety drugs (which make me a zombie), and can even laugh for the first time in months! I'm still a little weak and short of breath if I do too much or work too long or too fast; but the best thing is that I don't have pain and, although I'm a little confused from the small stroke, my mind is clear and I can think and read, and concentrate on things I want to do. I can even say, "Life is good"!

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      Lirasgirl33

      I'm sorry you had to go through such a rough time for two months. :( I'm glad you were able to meet up with your doctor and got the morphine to take away the pain. A small stroke? Oh gosh, was the doctor able to tell you why that happened? "Life is good!" Love it! <3 Hugs.

      about 3 years ago
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      Thanks Lirasgirl33! I really appreciate that comment.

      about 3 years ago
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      Joyce, I'm glad the Morphine is working well for you. You have such an good attitude! Life is good! I'm still cancer free! It's been 1 1/2 years since I found out I had gallbladder cancer! I thank God for each day! I still occasionally think about my cancer returning. I know that is still a possibility. I feel complete peace, because God is in control. No matter what happens to me, I will be okay. God has a plan for our lives. He loves all of us so much! If God had a refrigerator, He would have our picture on it! We just need to put our trust in God, pray and read our Bibles. We can turn over any worry, fear, anxiety, pain, any situation in our lives. We can pray anytime day or night. Having good doctors is a blessing. God works through our doctors. The Bible tells us that God is the Great Healer. I will continue to lift you up to God's throne of Grace each day. I'm thankful we found each other here on What's Next. You helped me so much Joyce. You lifted my sprits when I was so sick. I appreciate you.

      Take care my friend.
      Hugs,
      Nancy

      about 3 years ago
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    Guess what I did today?!? I WENT OUTSIDE AND WALKED 2 1/2 BLOCKS DOWN TO SHARON'S HOUSE!!! I felt good, did it easily though slowly, and wasn't even winded or unsteady! Yay, yay me! I'll go again tomorrow if the sun's out. I may even go out again this afternoon!

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      That's wonderful Joyce! I'm so glad to hear you are feeling well, and able to get out and enjoy life!

      about 3 years ago
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      Excellent.

      about 3 years ago
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    Other Care (Questions and recovery from small stroke): I am a little surprised at how confused, unstable, thirsty, slow in my movements and thinking, and lacking in my perception of myself in space I am at times. However those symptoms are only when I first get up in the morning, and only last until I've eaten, had a lot of water to drink, and had some exercise and used my mind for a while. By around 10:30 I feel and act pretty normal; so, you all must be right. I'm definitely on the way to an A- or B+, and that makes me feel much better. For those of you who don't already know this...PHYSICAL THERAPISTS ARE GOD'S GIFT TO THE WORLD! And before physical therapists come caregivers and family! So, please don't worry... I intend to be "back to normal" full time in a month or so!

    I am questioning whether these symptoms, as well as pain and gas in my stomach, gall bladder, liver, and lung area, for the first time since diagnosis, are caused by the stroke, low blood sugar, Crohn's disease, or growing cancer in those areas. I guess time will tell... 

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      FreeBird

      Hi Joy. Sorry to see you've had some problems. Here's to better days ahead.

      about 3 years ago
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      Nursnana

      That's probably something you could talk with your doctor about next time you see him. Honestly, I would guess it is from your cancer Joyce. You may want to get something to take for the pain, if needed. I'm sorry you are having these symptoms. Hope you feel better soon.

      PT has helped me so much with mobility issues in the past. It's impressive how much better I feel, when my muscles are stronger.

      What a sweet picture of you reading to your grandson!

      My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend.

      about 3 years ago
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    I just got back from my first physical therapy appointment since I got home from the hospital. I knew I was weak and unstable; but I was surprised both at how much I could do, as well as how slow and unsteady I really am. She gave me a 37 out of 56 possible points in the evaluation, and said I was at the low end of good and the high end of poor - a C+ I guess... So I'll be seeing her twice a week for at least a month; I have exercises to do at home; and I'm on my way to at least an A- !

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    Greg, I, too, was having stroke symptoms for at least a week before I "flipped out" and my family called 911. I had very severe heart pain/pressure for a week and then a severe, debilitating head pain for at least 4 days before I became incoherent and combative. I hope your stroke was as small as mine, and that you are now well on the road to recovery. I can recommend physical therapy for any lingering symptoms (I'm still slow, unsteady, and confused); and had my first physical therapy appointment today. I know they will help me get back to being better than I was before the stroke! I wish you strength and sunshine and improvement.

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      Yes my little TIa, trans Ischemic attack, was just so small I really didn't know anything had happened. The only reason I noticed anything was my left arm wasn't acting right. I'm doing fine now as far as that goes. I've been back to the doctor a couple of times and they say I'm doing fine. So now back to dealing with the side effects of radiation.

      about 3 years ago