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Re: Getting RX precipitation's fo etc oxy

Thank you for your insight, Jon. It is greatly appreciated.

I can't believe the number of spelling errors I made! Maybe it was the pain or spell-check on my phone, but it sure was painful for me to re-read just now! :)

Yeah, I would love to change GP, but my damned insurance is so limited. It's kind of what we called "major medical" back in the day, and though there are many hospitals and clinics that are owned by the same company here (Providence Medical), the cheaper policy only allows me access to a few, and out of network is out of the question. At least I have met my out-of-pocket expenses now, so that pressure is off until Jan 1, 2018.

I got an informal 2nd opinion from the major cancer hospital here (out of network), speaking at length with a PA devoted to their large and aggressive cancer center, and at least she concurred with the treatments Providence is suggesting, and suggesting I stay the course with them.

As you said, though a bit cold about my pain, my GP is on point about pain meds, risks of addiction and diminishment of the oxy's effect over time. I bit the bullet, did a lot of research, documented all med intakes (I do this daily anyway) and doubled the amount of oxy for one day, and was surprised that it did nothing for my leg pain. I will just man-up and make it to Wednesday (2 days away), when I'll be seeing a neurosurgeon about the leg.

I swear, I am just falling apart. It seems like everything that was minor before (I've known I've had a bit of arthritis in the hip for years, now it's killing me) now exacerbates. Then on top of it I get new, annoying or concerning issues. My feet and calves are swollen (feet look like loaves of bread with toes).

To check if PC had spread into my colon I had a colonoscopy which showed no PC, but 11 precancerous polyps, which were removed, and otherwise unremarkable. However the gastroenterology doc suggested I see someone about "genetic counseling/testing", which I Googled but didn't find a good layman's explanation. I should probably start a new thread on that. Any input is welcomed.

You've all been kind and thoughtful and I appreciate the support and suggestions. I've only told people in my life on a need-to-know basis, as I still run a small business and don't want to give that up just yet, or become known as "the guy with cancer." I've seen too many business people branded and forced out of business. I'm just working part time and can grind it out from my home.

My best wishes to all.

Earl

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