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by MrPleistocene
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newbie here with questions
Replies: 4
Views: 1146

Re: Newbie here with questions

I would try to get a colonoscopy. It can diagnose way more stuff than just cancer. Looking back at my experience, the moment that things shifted for me (I was a couple years older, but still 30's) was when the Dr. asked if I would be willing to do a stool sample at home. I immediately said 'yes, ple...
by MrPleistocene
Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Not diagnosed, refuses medical treatment
Replies: 13
Views: 2351

Re: Not diagnosed, refuses medical treatment

Can I pretend to be a daytime talk show host, because it sounds like the guy secretly wants some drama? You are a great partner and very caring. I hope everyone can find someone that cares enough about them the way you clearly care about your boyfriend. I just want to lay out the harshest reading of...
by MrPleistocene
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Just diagnosed and trying to keep from freaking out
Replies: 19
Views: 2869

Re: Just diagnosed and trying to keep from freaking out

Most health systems will have a messaging system, mychart or the like. Its effectiveness varies on the system and the specific Dr., but I would start giving it a go. Chances are your oncologist's NP will be looking through these and be able to answer most questions quickly, or pass it directly up th...
by MrPleistocene
Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Are you serious?????
Replies: 16
Views: 2369

Re: Are you serious?????

One of the features of nearly all cancers is the unknown. This has got to be extra tough and isolating with such a rare location and presentation. My Grandpa was a big golfer. When He found out I wrote left handed, he told me I should learn to golf left handed because then you won't get as much advi...
by MrPleistocene
Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ativan for Anxiety
Replies: 21
Views: 2291

Re: Ativan for Anxiety

Ativan was part of the bag of pill bottles I got. The pharmacist stated that it was a mild antiemetic. I came into this whole thing with a pretty serious (and pathological) anxiety about needles. Anything that compromised the skin. I've still never seen the scene in pulp fiction where he jabs Uma Th...
by MrPleistocene
Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:26 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How to Select a Surgeon
Replies: 5
Views: 3997

Re: How to Select a Surgeon

I always liked to get at least two doctors to say the same thing if I was doing something irreversible. No good surgeon will be offended if you get a second opinion. It gave me a nice slice of piece of mind.
by MrPleistocene
Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Radiation burn!!!!need help
Replies: 19
Views: 2509

Re: Radiation burn!!!!need help

This is the worst place in the world to get medical advice. You need to talk to a real Doctor. I saw my Rad Onc every week. He wouldn't even look at the burns. Ditto for my Onc. I asked, I tried to show them and they literally turned away. Since then, I've talked to other cancer patients and found ...
by MrPleistocene
Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Radiation burn!!!!need help
Replies: 19
Views: 2509

Re: Radiation burn!!!!need help

I also soaked in baths. Sometimes I would fill two. One as hot as I could stand and one as cold. I'd do five minutes hot, one minute cold. It was at least a distraction.
by MrPleistocene
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Very down and really need...something
Replies: 23
Views: 2986

Re: Very down and really need...something

I just wanted to write about the 'kids' bit. It is slightly off topic. I live in a pretty odd situation as far as generations and families. It has been great in helping me deal with medical issues and such. On the flip side, my wife's sister's family, whom we have shared a home with for almost 15 ye...
by MrPleistocene
Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Very New Here
Replies: 20
Views: 1946

Re: Very New Here

You also will want to do a stool sample. Over-application of antibiotics can also lead to c.diff or resistant bacteria. You should also find someone like a therapist that works with cognitive behavioral therapy. No matter the medical diagnoses, it would be good to have a professional in your corner....
by MrPleistocene
Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How Did You Survive Radiation?
Replies: 9
Views: 1125

Re: How Did You Survive Radiation?

This was tough... the toughest part for me so far. You really want to get your BM's worked out though. Eventually I had radiation issues around my anus that, during bowel movements, was some of the most intense local pain I had. My solution was two fold. One, try and limit/schedule bowel movements. ...
by MrPleistocene
Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I'm terrified.
Replies: 17
Views: 3755

Re: I'm terrified.

Even in the last few years, they have made major progress with colon preps, so this article is a bit dated. It is Dave Barry talking about his scope in 2009. In case humor helps, here are the prep highlights from olden times - I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and a prescription f...
by MrPleistocene
Mon Aug 03, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What to bring to the hospital
Replies: 6
Views: 829

Re: What to bring to the hospital

Wy wife packed some bourbon for herself. Seemed to help ;)

I had a 3 meter charging cable for my phone, that was a nice addition.

Best of luck.
by MrPleistocene
Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Sciatic nerve irritation from radiation?
Replies: 7
Views: 2011

Re: Sciatic nerve irritation from radiation?

I didn't have sciatica during chemo-rad, but have had some issues. They were primarily when I had ureteral stents. It was intermittent, but, at points, incapacitating. Before the stints, I remember my first post-op going over scans and reports with the surgeon because of pains in my upper legs. We c...

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