My apologies for not providing this update sooner.
My markers are 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,