Thank you so much for replying, it really means a lot. You'll see from my post below mum's pain and situation has unfortunately escalated, but hopefully once she's home, the Palliative Care team will be initiated and she can call on that support when needed. She was on slow release medication, as well as 6 endone a day plus Panadol osteo, but nothing was working (which we know now was due to fractures) but this pain has been continuing since Christmas so I hate to think what mum has been enduring.
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Thank you so much for taking the time to reply, that was really helpful. Mum has definitely gone downhill since the radiation, and that's what we wanted to know, will she bounce back from this or is this just her cancer and the new normal. Since I wrote this post, mum was taken to hospital on Sunday as her pain had escalated again (even though we were at the hospital on Friday for her chemo, she let them know about her pain, didn't even get to see a doctor.....) she couldn't walk and couldn't keep her head up. After a CT scan when she was taken to emergency they found fractures in her neck vertebrae, 2nd rib, collar bone, and thoracics… no wonder she was in so much pain! They're assessing her scans/results from her radiation and making a decision from there.... So frustrating she wasn't listened to and just tinkered with her slow release pain medication. When she came to hospital they put her on morphine. I hate that she wasn't listened to. No one should have to be in that much pain.
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Hi there, My mum is currently battling breast metastatic cancer that has spread to her spine and ribs. She was diagnosed with this in early November and the deterioration of her health in those 2.5 months has been rapid, purely due to the pain she is in. She can hardly walk now, has no strength in her arms or upper body and seems to be getting worse daily. Her feet are so swollen with fluid she can barely put on a pair of thongs. She had ten days of radiation and the pain seemed to escalate after that? She has just had her 3rd round of chemo and is now having a week off. Her regular specialists are all away on holidays at the moment and it feels like no one can give us any answers. She had a MRI done just before Christmas to check if there was any nerve compression around her spine but that came up clear....I'd love to know from others who may have experienced similar if this pain is going to be able to be brought under control and mum can have some quality of life again, or is this the new normal? From a fit, healthy, active women, to one who can barely walk in such a small space of time is petrifying. Any experiences shared around this I'd find very helpful? Thank you xx
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