I had a visit with Dr. C. yesterday and got the all-clear to start my chemo. Not a whole lot has changed since last time. My blood counts are still great, I'm still tolerating the chemo well, no particularly alarming changes. All the same, I'm scheduled for my bi-monthly MRI next week just to make absolutely sure everything's behaving as it should. Except, of course, for that pain in my side.
Dr. C. gave me a physical exam and asked plenty of questions about the kind of pain I felt, when I felt it, what I could do to cause or alleviate it, and how much of a problem it was. He concluded, with a reassuring confidence, that nothing's wrong. He's sure that the pain is skeletal or muscular and felt no abnormalities along the edge of my ribcage, where I feel the pain. He thinks that there may be an old injury or a flaw in the cartilage somewhere and that neither is anything to be worried about. The fact that I'm feeling it now could be due to my sedentary line of work and my posture while sitting, and he suggests I get more exercise. It's entirely possible that what I perceived as swelling along my flank is actually from losing weight adjacent to that area. Even though he's absolutely sure there's nothing to worry about, he told me he could get me a CAT scan if only to put my mind at ease. I haven't taken his offer yet as I'd like to speak with my endocrinologist first (though Dr. C. is certain my symptoms are not glandular or internal).
I feel confident in his skill as a physician, and in his diagnosis. I'll have to wait and see just how much that small bit of uncertainty gnaws at me before I make my decision on that scan. I think I'm going to wait to see if it gets any better or worse as I follow some of his recommendations. Even if the intermittent pain never goes away, I can live with that. Just so long as it's not something we need to address RTFN.