Topic: Pain in the right side by the lower shoulder blade? Is this related?
My Dad was diagnosed with this type of cancer in October of 2006. He has the type that is worse of the two (intrahepa or extrahepa. I can't remember which one but it is) He cannot be operated on becase it is on both lobes of his liver. He has decided not to do Chemo or Radiation and has chosen quality instead of quantity of life. (Despite my wishes)
The problem is that his quality of life is quickly decreasing. My Dad has had pain steming from his lower back by his shoulder blade and it comes around the side and to the front. But the back pain is really troubling him. He has been taking hydrocodone but it makes him almost sedatedall day and then up all night. We tried lowering the dose and switching to Darvocet but nothing seems to kill the pain without making him sleep all day. Does anyone know why he is getting this pain and if it is related to the cancer. I am hoping this is only due to him sitting in a recliner for long periods of time. Can anyone suggest a medication that will help with the pain but not put him to sleep?
In addition, he has also completely lost his appetitie. He will only drink ensure once a day, if that. He has down to 139 lbs and is very week. I researched a drug called Megace and asked the doctor for it but he said he would only give prescribe it to my Dad if he comes in for a visit. The problem is he is not strong enough to go to the doctor. He hasn't seen a doctor since May. I have been looking into hospice but I am not sure that this is what he wants. He rarely complains so I don't know the real severity of everything. I try to discuss it with him but he says that the topic must be boring and he changes the subject. Has anyone tried Megace or have any other suggestions?
Thanks for reading this.
May God grant you the strength to endure this terrible disease.