Marshall has remained in pretty bad pain all day today and he's been taking an oxycodone (or hydrocodone) every three hours. Around 3:00 he asked me to take him to the emergency room because he feels like something is really wrong, but then the pill kicked in and he decided to just sleep. Which is what he's doing now.
I got a message today from a woman who follows this blog because her husband's cancer pretty much parallels Marshall's. She said her husband has metastasis to his bones just as extensive as Marshall's (and he was diagnosed just a few months after Marshall) and he started experiencing the same awful low back pain Marshall has and he was taking oxycontin and oxycodone. She took him to the Mayo Clinic and they diagnosed fibromyalgia and they told her that oxycodone and oxycontin can actually bring on fibromyalgia. They weaned him off of the oxy's and put him on Cymbalta and his pain level went from a 10 down to a 2. It's certainly worth checking into. I made an appointment for Marshall at the local clinic for 11:00 tomorrow to get x-rays. We will ask that doctor about fibromyalgia.