Was wondering if anyone else has had delayed side effects from radiation treatment 4-5 years after treatment?
I had stage 2b cervical with treatment of 3 rounds Chemo, 28 days external radiation, 4 brachy.
I was given the all clear 3 years after treatment ended and was in no pain at all. Then halfway through the 4th year the pain started in my pelvic area ranging between my hips. I had ultrasounds, xrays then finally an MRI showed tiny hairline fractures in my pelvis bones. The pain wasn't every day and I took anti-inflammatory medication (200mg ibobrufen) when I did have pain that stopped me sleeping.
Its wonderful to be in my 5th year of post treatment survival and I am grateful to be alive to share my grandchildrens lives, however I have the pain all the time now and I only take medication when I need it. The pain starts low then constantly builds until I can't bear it so take a pill. I have tried to ride it out but it becomes too great. It even wakes me up during the night if I haven't taken a painkiller before bed. The pain makes me "a not very nice person" so when the painkillers work I become my normal happy self again.
I find exercise and mental stimulation take my mind off the pain somewhat.
I have asked my GP about it but he has no suggestions apart from the painkiller meds. I was wondering if anyone has experienced the same issue and talked to an Oncologist about it?
I am hoping that one day the pain just stops and am left wondering why it took 4 years to appear???