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by CF_69
Fri May 24, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Bowel Surgery and Male Fertility
Replies: 8
Views: 2849

Re: Bowel Surgery and Male Fertility

I think the radiation is the biggest factor. My equipment seems to be working fine post surgery, and I was pretty concerned about that beforehand. All I have noticed is that, and forgive me if this is TMI, but my output at that special moment is very little. I haven’t been tested as I had no plans f...
by CF_69
Wed May 22, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 74161

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

Anybody get severe back / hip pain after radiation? My 25th and last treatment was mid January. I had a LAR at the end of March. Now I have sciatica for sure. Terrible pain in my left hip/buttock area that radiates to my calf and makes my toes numb. This flared up about a month ago. I went to the Em...
by CF_69
Sun May 05, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post surgery update
Replies: 21
Views: 4673

Re: Post surgery update

Quick update. MRI on liver came back with good news. Doctors said just a cyst, no evidence of cancer. Also I have started the Xeloda. 5000 mg a day. I did 3600 a day during radiation. I do notice a difference. I only just started, day 5 of cycle 1, but I definitely feel nauseous, tired, and my const...
by CF_69
Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Partial bowel obstruction
Replies: 12
Views: 1527

Re: Partial bowel obstruction

Interesting. I’ve been avoiding pain pills since I don’t want to get backed up any worse. I do have a long history of back problems, exactly where it hurts now. The pain is different though. I thought maybe it’s because I’ve been spending so much time in bed. Who knows. I’m doing the McKenzie stretc...
by CF_69
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Partial bowel obstruction
Replies: 12
Views: 1527

Re: Partial bowel obstruction

Thanks for all that info. It hasn’t been fun. I have a pain in my lower left back / Hip area that alternates between a fairly intense ache and shooting pain. I’ve been drinking coffee, taking the Miralax and drinking prune juice, sometimes heated, sometimes not. I still haven’t had the big evacuatio...
by CF_69
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Partial bowel obstruction
Replies: 12
Views: 1527

Re: Partial bowel obstruction

They said to continue with the Miralax. The doctor said the pain I have is not related to the surgery, though I find that hard to believe. But, like I said earlier, I’ve had a herniated disc for several years that I need to constantly maintain, which I have not been able to do since surgery, but I h...
by CF_69
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Partial bowel obstruction
Replies: 12
Views: 1527

Re: Partial bowel obstruction

Well they said there was no evidence of blockage, but that I had a lot of stool on the right side.

I’m still not having much luck passing anything substantial. Lots of gas and some matter coming out so I guess things are moving along, albeit slower than I would like.

More prune juice I guess.
by CF_69
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Partial bowel obstruction
Replies: 12
Views: 1527

Re: Partial bowel obstruction

Thank you for your reply. I’m at the hospital getting it checked out now.
by CF_69
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Partial bowel obstruction
Replies: 12
Views: 1527

Re: Partial bowel obstruction

I think this must be what’s happening to me. I’ve had a persistent, worse than usual pain in my lower left back & hip area. I did have a pre-existing disc herniation that has troubled me for many years, so at first I thought it was that flaring up again. I have been passing mucous and gas and no...
by CF_69
Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What To Expect With Surgery
Replies: 5
Views: 941

Re: What To Expect With Surgery

I had my surgery almost 4 weeks ago. I woke up without an ileostomy. I had a laparoscopic LAR. Surgeon took my sigmoid and about half my rectum. I was up and walking after a few days. I just walked 8 km the other day. Ive read it’s good to stimulate your bowels, however I’ve been having a lot of con...
by CF_69
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post surgery update
Replies: 21
Views: 4673

Re: Post surgery update

The surgeon says rectal.

I’m leaning very heavily towards doing the 4 cycles of Xeloda.
by CF_69
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post surgery update
Replies: 21
Views: 4673

Re: Post surgery update

I just came from the oncologist. Final staging is T3N0M0 - stage 2A He did not recommend chemo, but said I can do 4 cycles of Xeloda if I choose, and that there is no evidence that it improves your chance of a cure, though he did say that it may give you a 1 or 2% bump. I’m not sure what to do. He d...
by CF_69
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post surgery update
Replies: 21
Views: 4673

Re: What surgery should I have?

Punky44 wrote:Congratulations on a successful surgery!

Thank you.
by CF_69
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post surgery update
Replies: 21
Views: 4673

Re: What surgery should I have?

Maggie Nell wrote:One cup of heated prune juice! Dude, I'm impressed you made it to the bathroom before
that express train steamed through! You'd never have got the stains out of the carpet!

Trial and error, right :)
by CF_69
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Fasting during/after chemo
Replies: 13
Views: 1316

Re: Fasting during/after chemo

Oh I see. I didn’t realize any of that, I just know some of the reported benefits of intermittent fasting.

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