Hi Imac55 When I was diagnosed with stage 4 a year ago I had significant bone mets including base of spine and pelvis. I was prescribed Targin which includes an opiate as a short term solution for the very bad pain. In my case it took about 10 weeks for the rads to kick in. Once that happened I weaned myself from Targin which took about 2 weeks reducing the dose a few days at a time. Have had no pain since which is 9 months so the rads really do work. Together with bone mets I have several liver mets and slight pleural effusion. Was on Eribulin for 6 months and now Tamoxifen. As soon as I started with the Tamoxifen I went to London for a month and returned to Australia a week ago. (Yes, it's a very long way) Had a fabulous time and plan to do it again so don't give up on your plans. Once the rads are complete there will be a good chemo for you to control the spread as there was for me. I know it can be scary and a shock but know they will get on top of this for you.
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