Terminal IV Prostate Cancer that metastasized to the bones and lumph glands
My husband was diagnosed with Terminal IV prostate Cancer that had metastasized to the bones and lumph glands in Oct. 2005, they said he had probably had it already 2 years, anyway, they have been giving him a Lupron shot every 4 months since October 2005. They gave him an IV of Zoledronic Acid and 12 hours later he thought he was dying from a heart attack feeling and hurting in all his bones. That took 2 months to feel better, they said he was definitely allergic to that.
Anyway, then in 2006 his right hand turned dark, swelled up, they said it was arthritis. Now that is better but this year his right shoulder started hurting him, now the back of his neck and his left arm hurts really bad, he cannot even lift it up over his head.
Our question, what is happening. We go Wed. for a bone scan, he has not had one since 2005, then we see the Oncologist at Baylor Dallas on Thursday, 11-15-07 for results and we guess another Lupron shot.
You know they give him this shot, that kills off all testosterone but don't help him with the causes of not having testosterone. We are seeking alternative herbal remedies also.
What makes it so painful and hard for him to raise his arms and why is he hurting in shoulders, back of neck and also the glands in his throat?
The pain is probably related to the bone involvement. The bone itself is insensate, but the outer covering of bone, the periosteum has nerves, and patients with cancers that involve bone frequently report pain. Movement tends to excacerbate the pain, so there is a tendency to remain immobile. You can see the distribution of involvement from the bone scan. Pain in the throat may be related to the pain in the neck or may be a different problem altogether (infection, oral candida). Have your doctor inspect his mouth during consultation.
Prostrate carcinoma with distant metastasis(Bone) - - Diagnosis based on your case history.
Your husband is experiencing pain due to secondaries in the bone and this is also responsible for other complaints.
As he had already been diagnosed to have bone mets, it is advisable to have a bone scan scheduled as early as possible so as to know the further spread.
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