I started noticing intermittent lower back pain (middle of the back, right above the buttocks where the rads beam was focused on) about 2 months ago and kept contributing it to horseback riding or overdoing, or any other thing I could think of, and expected it to get better and go away. Instead, it has gotten progressively worse. The kicker is, it only hurts when presssure is applied to the area, and subsides to a comfortable level when it gets used to the pressure. I'm not talking about a large amount of pain, more of a medium annoyance.
I finally looked at the area this morning with the help of a couple of mirrors and saw that the area, about the size of a baseball, has sunken in and the skin has darkened and toughened.
Now I know that what I should be doing is calling to make an appointment to see my rad/onc, but to be frank, even though he was a nice enough guy and didn't have anything wrong with him, I never felt all that comfortable with him. He doesn't have much of a bedside manner and I didn't feel was all that comfortable with me (probably any patient) either. Plus he's an hour away (I know, I know, no excuse
- can you tell I'm doctored out?), it's right before the holidays, they're pretty busy down there, insert excuse here. I will get around to calling, not that I hold out much hope that it can be fixed/reversed, but I thought in the meantime I would run all of this by you all and see if anyone else is experiencing the same thing.
p.p. I finished my rads 9 months ago. (wow time flies!)