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      Hi Erika,

      Your "paranoia" sounds a lot like mine.  I was diagnosed in Feb 2009 Stage IIb and that following summer had extreme back pain and I was sure it was spine  mets because I had just heard a news story about some pro football coach whose recurrence of melanoma was in his spine!  My oncologist had me try Aleve and alternate hot/cold for 2 weeks.  It did not do the trick so he did order a MRI of my back which came back no cancer but what he thought was herniated disks.  I was referred to a physiatrist (never heard of this type of doctor) but could not see her for 6 weeks!!  In the meantime I did go to a chiropractor and physical therapist and used a TENS unit.  To make a long story short, no herniated disks, no cancer, and thanks to chiropractor, TENS units, and back exercises my back is better.  I still have "flare ups" but no mets.  It's hard not to think the worst with this dreaded disease.  I don't feel like I know my own body anymore.

      I'll keep you in my prayers that the back pain disappears.smiley


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