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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Medical Update -- Markers & Pain

My apologies for not providing this update sooner.

My markers are down!

Really down.

For months, my markers were on the rise. And they were climbing high! That, combined with a significant and steady increase in pain, was the main indicator that my previous chemo regimen was not working.

Almost as soon as I started on Taxol (in December), my markers started coming down.

About a month ago, they finally reentered the "normal" range.

The most recent tests indicated that they were still in the normal range, and even lower than the previous results.

This is great!

Regarding pain, things are a little less clear cut. At first, the Taxol seemed to have a substantial effect on my pain as well. For a brief period, I stopped taking pain killers regularly. The respite did not last long. Significantly, when I did need pain killers, I still needed to take both Optalgin and Algolysin.

These days, in addition to back and hip pain, I have pain in my lower rib cage, increased sensitivity in both shoulders, and pain in my neck.

Currently, I take pain medication 2-4 times a day. Occasionally, I need to augment the pain meds. Usually, half a Percocet is enough.

I still do not like taking drugs.

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


rutimizrachi said...

Woohoo! on the markers! May the good news continue to get better. As far as the pain goes, I'm davening that when this is all cured and only a memory, the pain in the neck it gave you (along with all the rest) will be the only pain you have in your life. May your teenagers somehow magically decide to skip over the pain-in-the-neck phase, figuring you've already done your time. ;-) [And let us say, "Amen."]

Melissa said...


I just gave you rights to my Chazak v'Ematz blog.

Baruch Hashem on your news. I will continue to pray.

I also look forward to getting to know you better.

I guess you could say that Hashem nudged me one day to learn who I am. I was born Jewish, grew up in a very secular home and really knew nothing about being Jewish. The older I got, the more I decided how sad this made me. I am now proud of who I am as a Jew and want to make up for all of my lost time. So much to learn.



Anonymous said...

Awesome news on the markers - Yay!


Rahel Jaskow said...

Wonderful news, RivkA! May it keep on coming!

rickismom said...

Good about the markers! And Amen to Ruti Mizrachi's post.
[Maybe you'll get lucky and moshiach will come Pesach and you'll have a refuah shleimah REAL quick!]
Mamish I wish you that the pain gets better! But that is REAL great about the markers...!

Shevy said...

Such great news! I'm so happy for you.

Gila said...

GREAT news about the markers, but sorry to hear that you are still in pain.

Hope the good news keeps on coming.

Batya said...

Great that something is improving. Baruch Hashem!

RivkA with a capital A said...

Ruti -- your comment made me laugh!! Thanks!

Melissa -- very cool! I look forward to learning more about you and your journey!

Laura, Rahel, Ricki's mom, Shevy, Gila, & Muse -- Thanks!!