Concerned about Mets...
I have had breast cancer 2 times. First-time stage 2 (left) with lumpectomy/chemo/radiation. IDC. In 2011.
Second-time stage 1 (right) IDC and lobular in situ. Lumpectomy/radiation. In 2019.
I am concerned now about bone or liver mets. My labs are normal (CBC with Diff and Metabolic panel). I have pain in my left hip that has changed in character over the past 6 months. Walking, standing, and sitting take effort and increase the pain. The pain is at a tolerable level, but noticeable and keeps me from usual activities (or I push to do what I usually do and get worse the next day). My stomach/abdomen bloat more frequently and takes longer to go down.
Yesterday I saw my oncologist. I requested to see the doctor, not the PA, when the appointment was made. The PA comes in and says the doctor is very busy so she will see me instead. I explain my fatigue level, which has increased, and hip pain. She immediately tells me I need physical therapy and my primary physician needs to address the fatigue. I asked her how she order physical therapy without a diagnosis. So she says she will order an MRI of the hip. She then says my fatigue is due to poor nutrition, probably low iron. My labs were normal. She says she will let the doctor know and come back and let me know what she says. Well, 3 minutes later the doctor came in and decided a PET-CT scan would be the best course of action. It is scheduled for 2 weeks from today.
For the past several months I have felt like something is wrong. A gut feeling. Then I berate myself by telling myself I am overreacting. I've had breast cancer 2 times now. I feel like I am overreacting then I feel I am doing what is right. Does anyone else feel like this?