Today I visited my primary care physician. My purpose was to get an EKG because my cardiologist was concerned about low pulse rate and high blood pressure last week. Also, to have the doctor look at my back. I have had severe back pain every morning for about two weeks.
Good News! EKG was great! Also, blood pressure and heart rate were very normal.
My doctor thinks that the back pain is my sciatica which I have had for 4 or 5 years. He prescribed an anti-inflammatory. He also has had me schedule a bone scan because carcinoid cancer can metastasize to bone. We do not think this is the case with me but just want to make sure.
Carcinoid Metastasis: Carcinoid cancer can metastasize to the liver (the most common, that’s me), local lymph nodes, bone, ovaries, prostate, skin, and maybe lung. Obviously, we carcinoids (and our doctors) have to be observant about where we have pains and aches. I recently read that only 10-15% of carcinoid tumors metastasize.
In the past few months I had two instances when I became enraged at complete strangers. I felt uncontrollably angry. This is not me. I have been concerned about it. I’ve also felt that I fail to remember whole conversation more than I used to. Just recently I read about this:
Carcinoid Rage: Mood swings are well known in cancer patients but it seems that carcinoids get a special kick from the strange brew of chemicals that our tumors mix into our blood. Researchers believe that mood swings and memory loss are a side effect of carcinoid tumor and that Carcinoid Rage is a good description.
Of course, now that I know this, my only good option may be to hit the meditation pillow more often and learn to strengthen my compassion and control of emotion.