I was also becoming tied more easily than I was use to.
I also noticed I had
trouble turning my head around to view traffic when back the car.
I have sleep apnea so I checked with my respiratory doctor, Dr.Sandblom, had my "CPAP" machine checked. It was O.K.
Dr. Eaton still said it was probably arthritis in my very thick neck.
I called my primary care office. Dr. Eaton was not in and his partner, Dr. Roper took me in right away, that day. After having an x-ray he
had scans made of my neck and then made me an appointment with a neck specialist, Dr. Ramona. He had me on the table in a couple of days, taking a biopsy. The report showed me having a "Malegnant Lymphoma" tumor on the left side of my troat.
|After my diagnosis
I was given a appointment at Central Group Health in Seattle with Dr. Callehan
of the "Oncology Dept." where I had more scans made of my whole body.
I had relieve in my throat the very first day, September 4, 1998. It felt great.
This treatment was repeated for a total treatment of three times with two week rests in between. I also had several blood tests and body scans again.
I did loose hair on top of my head, parts of face and another place.
I also had another problem: On friday, Oct. 2nd, my jaw locked to a point I could only open it 3/4 of an inch. After a couple of appointments with my primary care doctor I started treatment with Dr. Truelove at the UWMC hospital where he has been working to get my jaw back in place. He said this happened because the quick change of tensions in jaw, it made it easy for my jaw to jump out of place, especially because I have such a bad over-bite.
In December I had radiation on the affected area of my neck to make sure all of the bad tissue was gone, in hopes that it will not return. This problem is called "non-Hodgkin's lymphoma" (NHL). This radiation was administered for 20 days, completing on 21, Dec. The Group Health Radiation Group with Dr. DEWette, were just great. See: RADIATION REPORT.
The affects of radiation
were terrible, but I delt with it. I could not eat or drink all through
the holidays. I had trouble sleeping because sinus fluids kept hanging
up in my throat. If I had to sneeze, the pain was un-real.
Dr. Truelove says they are working on something to help the healing of
this throat condition. My throat was actually raw, exposing the nerves
to anything that came by.