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The pain reduction is probably due to the radiation effects finally kicking in. That would be my first guess, especially if the pain was in the sites she was getting radiation.
They should be looking for what could be causing these multiple strokes, to make sure she doesn't have another. So keep asking the doctors these questions.... What caused it? How do we prevent another?
A common cause would be an irregular heart rhythm called Atrial Fibrillation. My Mom developed it after she was diagnosed with PC. It doesn't have to do with PC, but it is not uncommon as you get older. You have a much higher risk of having a stroke if your heart is in Atrial Fibrillation. I expect that your Mom is on a heart monitor and they are watching for this rhythm. She may go home with a small heart monitor to keep watching for this rhythm over the next month.
It is also common when you have cancer (especially PC) to develop blood clots in the veins... most commonly in the legs. Usually these blood clots stay put in the lower body, but sometimes a small piece of those blood clots can break off and float through the circulatory system up to the brain if there is a 'hole' in the heart called a patent foramen Ovale that the clots can sneak through. She will need a special echocardiogram to look for this hole.
They will also do studies to look at the major arteries that leave the heart to see if there are any changes there that could be the cause of the stroke.
How sick is she now? If the strokes are small and not really affecting her much, they may not stop her radiation. Keep the oncologist in the loop and ask them to talk to the neurologist to figure out what the best next step should be.
I hope her sodium is better soon. Also don't leave the hospital without a clear plan how to monitor her sodium better as an outpatient and try to prevent such a drop in the future.
I'm so glad her pain is better though!!!!
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