For the past 3 + months, I am experiencing daily pain from the radiation-caused fibrosis of my left paraspinal muscles (thoracic and upper lumbar sections T-2 to L-2) and neuropathy damages to the various nerves in those areas. I started pain management therapy, at the clinic - starting Dec. 19, 2008. At the Dec. 19th visit to the pain -management clinic, the doc gave me an Rx for anti-depressant med - to sleep better. On Jan. 22, 2009, he will start epidural-corticosteroid injections on my back paraspinal muscles.
The radiation therapy was for several series 3-4 years ago at those locations, as I have metachronous soft-tissue sarcoma (rare cancer) since 2000.
The paraspinal muscles are rigid as a board for ~ 14 inches,
and I can't stand up straight. Plus the pain is 5-8 on the scale. When I sleep, there is little or no pain - due to the muscles are not depressed and sqeezing the nerves. When I am upright, the weight of my body contracts the muscles and sqeezes the nerves, etc.
This is a "rare" late effect of radiation therapy, but people have it. The prognosis is not positive - not at my age - 77.
What a life.......