[cancer] Department of things that make me say “ouch”

It seems a little late for onset, but for the past couple of days I’ve been having bone-and-joint pain in my lower back and hips, which is a known Neulasta side effect. Strong enough flashes of pain to make me stop whatever I’m doing and have to focus. If I sit still in a comfortable position, they don’t bother me so much, but if I am moving, or transitioning from seated to standing or vice versa, there they are.

Go me. Stoopid cancer.

That is all. You may shop as usual. No need to return to your homes.

2 thoughts on “[cancer] Department of things that make me say “ouch”

  1. Reesa Brown says:

    I’m finding it (morbidly) interesting cataloguing just how many different types of pain there are possible to have in one’s body. Waking up from my port-cath installation they had me on enough pain meds that for possibly the last two minutes of this life I knew what “no pain” felt like. I missed enjoying most of the first minute of it because the sensation was so foreign, and the other interesting aspect was being able to feel the different types “come back online” over the span of 20 minutes or so, until things were back to “normal” and I had a much greater understanding of the amount and types of pain I’ve just gotten used to having over the last couple of years. I think if more medical-type people would go through these types of experiences the medical establishment would have a much different attitude to pain management. I know the nurses I had who had their own brushes with various serious illness were much more sym/empathetic in their treatment of me than the (usually new or younger ones) who had never had any serious illness of their own to deal with.

  2. Jay says:

    I think the medical establishment as a whole has a combination of a lingering Calvinistic attitude toward pain as something to be endured for moral reasons, and an unreasoning horror of somehow creating addiction to painkillers, as if that were a worse problem than chronic pain. So, yes, clinicians who’ve experienced significant pain first hand seem to have very different attitudes than those whose understanding of pain comes from the classroom.

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