Not the result you wanted for sure and it’s a horrible shock ...however.. I was diagnosed with extensive bone mets over 6 years ago , lots of vertebrae , ribs, femur, pelvis, skull. I also had a collapsed L5 vertebrae. The collapse was cemented with a procedure called Vertebroplasty, then some Radiotherapy. I have a monthly Denosumab injection to strengthen bones . The ache I get in lower back is from osteoporosis, the mets don’t actually give me too much trouble at all. I also have liver mets and so have been on various treatments and lead life pretty normally.
It's ironic that a couple of weeks ago I was on here moaning because I couldn't get travel insurance, and today my oncologist rang with feed back from my recent mri and ct scans. It's not good. I have bone mets along my spine in 9 different vertebrae. Also rapidly developing osteoarthritis in the spine, and 2 compressed discs, caused by the fragile bone he thinks.
It's one hell of a shock after being stable for 4 yrs with one lesion in my lung and a tiny one in my pelvis, and regular routine ct scans not showing fast growth or changes.
My tumour markers are increasing too. I now need radiotherapy for back pain and a bone biopsy for establishing if I'm hr positive or not. This will determine the next lot of treatment.
I've shared with my husband and on here. Dreading telling my sisters and grown up children. All live away so may have to be in phone calls.
Fragile spine means a big change in my life re independence, and a possible house move. Even though I knew 1 day I'd be experiencing this, it's come as a shock as other than the persistent and increasing back pain, I feel quite well. I'm gutted 😢