Hi, I am new here. I trying to find any helpful information I can for my dad. My dad is a Vietnam veteran and was exposed to Agent Orange, White and Blue. I am not sure if any other their side effects are related to these issues or not, but just mentioning in case you do know if any of these are potentially related symptoms.
My dad has quite a few health complications over the last few years so I will try to keep this short as I can with necessary information. Well this supposedly started with my dad beginning with bladder cancer, the docs surgically went in and scraped away the cancer, then my dad went through chemo to be sure to get rid of it before it spreads. The docs said the cancer was gone, but not too long after my dad has excruciating pain in his back, he already had severe back pain from a car accident (fracture) and degenerative disc disease, but this was pain was even worse on top of that. The docs said the cancer had spread to his spine (is this even possible, to be the same cancer from the bladder, or just another, separate cancer?).
After finding that out, my dad went through radiation, then chemotherapy, they said the cancer was gone, but then soon came back again, so he did another radiation treatment and another complete course of chemo. For now the docs say they don't see any cancer. My dad is still in severe pain, and his overall health is getting worse, I am pretty sure it is because of the chemotherapy is really weakening him. My dad is much paler than normal, his hair is growing back much slower, his muscle mass throughout his whole body is decreasing and just look overall in not too good health from just looking at him. By now he should have recovered a fair bit, but he seems to be getting worse.
Well for the main part of me seeking help, my dad just a week ago, was just walking and all the sudden his legs gave out for a second, but he did not fall. Ever since then he his walking ability has gotten really worse every day. The next couple days, he started falling so we gave him a walker, The next days he couldn't even use the walker because his legs would give out so often. So we went to the hospital and all they did was give him a wheel chair. So he would use the wheelchair, The next day he would barely use his legs at all to keep him standing so we would have to help him just to give from bed to chair to wheelchair. The day after that, his legs would not work whatsoever. He still has feeling/sensory in his legs, but can't physically move them, so we believe it is a pinched nerve(s). Also along with the loss of mobility over the last few days, my dad has also been losing his ability to urinate and defecate. He can't control when he wants to pee, and barely feels it, sometimes he doesn't pee at all. And he can't feel if he has to poop, he won't poop himself, but he can't force it out, one time he sat on the toilet for 30 mins, he thought he didn't poop, but when he got up, he saw some in the toilet, so he could not feel it coming out at all. And now if he lays down or moves around too much, he needs to pee right away, urine doesn't always come out, but he gets the feeling like it will.
This all happened over the course of about a week so it was very fast, from mobile to now just about paralyzed. Just yesterday my dad had started complaining about constant pain in his right leg, we brought him to the hospital and they did surgery on his back to try and stop the pinching of the nerve. I heard they would put a couple bolts/screws to keep the spine parted so they don't contact (fuse?) and I am not sure what else, but I think they were going to cut away some tissue to relieve pressure on the nerve.
I still haven't heard any updates yet after the surgery, but still wanted to ask since I don't get told much.
We know about the dangers of the surgery, but my dad is really tired of hurting and so he wanted to try something to try and make things better. And I am not sure if this is spine related or not (might be a cause from the weakened health from chemo), but my dad has had a runny nose and coughing up a lot of mucus for at least 3 months now (probably pneumonia, bronchitis or something though?) . Also he has had swollen legs for months as well. I know chemo can cause swollen legs, but his legs are much darker skin color than normal and the skin is flaking. His legs might be from diabetes, but is it possible, related to the spine area, that a blood vain or something is being pinched causing poor circulation. We are just trying to find some help. The hospital is not really even trying to offer good help until things get really bad. We just don't want his legs to have to be amputated.
When we were at the hospital I think I heard them say something about L3 in his spine, so I did some research and saw about Sciatica, but it seems the common symptoms are not as severe as this. Does this type of problem have a specific name I can research on?
We are willing to try anything that might help, whether it be acupuncture, massaging the back, homeopathic natural herbs/medicine, mmj (Rick's oil), anything really.
Please I am trying to find any help to have my dad get in better health and be able to walk and function again to get his life back to a better state. If you have any helpful information, please let me know.
Thank you for taking the time to read and caring.