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Radiation-Induced Fibrosis And Neuropathy

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
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....... :(



  • I'm so sorry you have struggling with this. That sounds really painful. I hope your injections coming up help your rigid muscles and allow more mobility.

    Welcome to Spine Health- feel free to visit and vent or whatever will help you through. We all understand in one way or another. I myself suffer permanent S1 nerve damage after 3 back surgeries and spend 23 hours a day reclined because any activity that triggers my S1 nerve causes massive pain flares. Just got my spinal cord stimulator Monday, so I am hoping, like you, to get some of my mobility back. Would love to be able to be a better wife and mother and at age 42, I just refuse to give up!! Wouldn't that be great for both of us?!

    Take care,

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