I have been having a sharp, stabbing pain in my left hip which does not feel like bursitis or osteoarthritis. I had Xrays which found no fractures or dislocation. Had an MRI on that left hip today for further investigation. In the meanwhile, saw my new MO on the 17th of Feb where I had several blood draws. She called me very concerned about a trend she saw. CEA tumor marker a year ago was 7 ng/ml (normal is 2.5 for non smoker.) Six months ago the value was 11. Last week’s bloodwork report had the value now at 31.4.
My MO wanted to do a PET scan immediately, but insurance has denied it, after going back and forth with them for five days. So now we wait for insurance approval for a CT scan and nuclear bone scan. I have been absolutely making myself crazy trying to figure out where the cancer is now. I am completely convinced it is back, since every document I have seen says CEA > 20 ng/ml Is a sign that either the tumor wasn’t completely removed or there is recurrence.
Anyone here with bone Mets have a sharp stabbing pain when moving a certain way? I have severe asthma with very small nodules in my lungs at my last CT scan. So it might have reoccurred there. Tom Petty sure had it right. The waiting is the hardest part.
Even Miracles take a little time.
4/22/2016, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
5/12/2016 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel
6/16/2016 Whole-breast: Breast
8/3/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
3/30/2021, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL)
4/2/2021 Femara (letrozole)
4/17/2021 Ibrance (palbociclib)
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