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#194901 - 07/20/17 12:42 AM Good news for Murphy  
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Hello all,
Went to hospital yesterday morning and had both lung and neck scan done with dye. Then went to see radiologist for follow up. He looked at the scans and said that both scans looked good and showed no signs of cancer. He then took his scope and looked at my throat and said there was a little iritation from the radiation but other than that everything looked good. I am feeling pretty good about myself right now as my family and a few friends are very happy for me.
My Radiologist Dr. is based at a university and they have had trouble getting hold of a addictive pain specialist to help get off the hydrocodon. Opiad addiction is very bad in our area, I don't know if that's the problem or something else but the Dr. said that I need to ween myself off the pain pills.
I have found a some 5-325 hydrocodon in my pill stash and at this time am replacing the 7-325 hydrocodons that I have been taking 3 times a day. I am having very mild with drawl symptoms but nothing I can't handle right now. After a week I think I will use my pill cutter to cut them up and try to take 3/4 of a 5-325 3 times a day and see what happens. Then 1/2 for a week and so on. Does this sound like a good plan?
Thank you all for your advice and understanding of this crazy cancer!


5/31/16 Partial Glossectomy
Right neck dissection
22 teeth extracted
Six weeks of radiation Ended 8/19/16
2/8/17 Biopsy of epiglottis-cancerous
35 radiation treatments to the throat, Ended 3/21/17
#194902 - 07/20/17 01:59 AM Re: Good news for Murphy [Re: Murphy]  
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Congrats on the great check up!!!!

You may want to check with your family physician about getting some guidance in cutting back on your pain meds. From what Ive heard about withdrawing from taking opoids a doctor should monitor the patient.

Best wishes with your continued recovery smile


Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line IV antibx 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile
#194904 - 07/20/17 11:24 AM Re: Good news for Murphy [Re: Murphy]  
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Great report!

A doctor should monitor your step-down plan. Usually the prescribing MD oversees this.


CG to husband, dx @ age 65, nonsmoker/social drinker. Dx 5/08 SCC Stage IV, BOT T1N2aM0. 33 IMRT - completed 9/12/08. Induction Chemo (Cisplatin, Taxotere & 5FU), plus concurrent Cisplatin.
1/09 PEG removed; 5/09 neg PET/CT; 5/10 PET/CT NED
Dental extraction & HBOT 2013; ORN 2014; Debridement/Tissue Transfer & HBOT 2016
#195135 - 09/17/17 03:26 AM Re: Good news for Murphy [Re: travelottie]  
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I have finally went to my primary care physcian and told her that I was having problems getting off the last little bit of hydrocodon. She prescribed Cymbalta which is working pretty good since I have not had a hydrococon. for a bout 2 weeks. Beside being a anti-depressent it aslo can handle acute pain, it has helped me! Now I am takung 2 a day and I feel OK


5/31/16 Partial Glossectomy
Right neck dissection
22 teeth extracted
Six weeks of radiation Ended 8/19/16
2/8/17 Biopsy of epiglottis-cancerous
35 radiation treatments to the throat, Ended 3/21/17
#195136 - 09/17/17 12:58 PM Re: Good news for Murphy [Re: Murphy]  
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Great update, Murphy!!! Sounds like you have made some excellent decisions and are one the right track. Thanks for posting your progress. It gives others hope smile


Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line IV antibx 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile

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