I rang Christine yesterday at the Leonardis Klinik as I'm getting so desparate to sort out this pain in my right leg. She asked me to email them with all the details of what I'm experiencing currently and the medication that I've been trying.
Here's some of the information sent:
Following the x-ray on 3 November, the pain in my right leg started around 16 November 08. I tried combinations of pain relief including paracetamol, oramorph, diclofenec, co-codamol. Today I'm now on a regime of:
drugs for pain - Paracetamol 500mg - 2 tablets 4 times per day
Tramadol 50 mg - 3 times per day
diclofenec SR 75 mg - One in the morning and one at night
Morphine Sulphate Tablets (MST) 10mg - once at night
Nozinan - 25mg - once at night
scale of pain: I am unable to put pressure on the right leg when trying to walk. The pain was usually worse in the morning when I think the pain relief had worn off and therefore slow release diclofenec was prescribed and MST at night. Now the pain is worse in the afternoons and early evenings. The pain moves around the area of my hip but is mainly in the buttock. On a scale of 1-10, it is easily 8. It has now affected the way I walk and it would appear that I have one leg shorter than the other (which of course I haven't but that is how I have started walking to relieve the pain in the right leg).
Possible side effects of pain medication - tired and sleepy during the morning and most part of the day plus feeling a little sick.
There is generally no pain when at rest although sometimes a dull ache/throb in the right leg.
27 November - radiotherapy to left pelvis
23 December - radiotherapy to right pelvis
Radiotherapy has not made any difference to the pain in my right leg.
Hopefully the Leonardis will come back with some suggestions as I'm finding it hard to cope with the constant pain and feeling so tired and ill all the time.