I'm finally just about
through morphine withdrawals. That was no fun at all. As I mentioned last week, I needed to stop 15 mg twice a day quick, no time to taper, as my pain had decreased and I was starting to feel overdosed (wanting to sleep all day, etc.)
Over the last couple of weeks I've notice a very gradually increasing shortness of breath, nothing major, just need to catch my breath a bit more than I should after walking around.
I'm due for a monthly check-up with my oncologist but my wife had to reschedule the appointment till after I got through the diarrhea part of withdrawals. (Too much information, I know.) My wife mentioned my shortness of breath, and the nurse on the phone said I had to go to the ER if I had shortness of breath; the oncologist wouldn't deal with it. Huh? It's so minor the ER would laugh at me.
So I emailed my oncologist and didn't hear back, but magically I got a call that he'd ordered a CT scan the morning before my appointment.
Then the snow came. My wife won't drive on snowy, icy roads this bad, and my appointment is Thursday. The insurance company pays for transportation to 15 doctors visits a year, so I'm using their transportation for the first time, while my wife stays home to take care of the dog in the bitter cold. It'll be strange going to the doctor alone, driven by a stranger, but I'm looking forward to getting the CT scan and having the oncologist tell me what if anything is causing my shortness of breath.
Age 55 male, incurable adenocarcinoma (cancer) of the right lung, stage IV. Rare ALK+ mutation. Diagnosed July 2014, average life expectancy 20.3 months. Never-smoker, no risk factors, currently in palliative care for chronic pain.
Post Edited (JamesBW) : 2/17/2015 7:53:18 PM (GMT-7)