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by CF_69
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Constipation - Drinking Water (>120 ounces)
Replies: 7
Views: 1033

Re: Constipation - Drinking Water (>120 ounces)

I’ve been experimenting with smoothies for my first meal of the day. My latest concoction is: 1 banana Handful of blueberries 5-6 strawberries 5-7 prunes 1 cup spinach 1 cup coconut water 1/2 cup Greek vanilla yogurt Usually I’ll have a coffee alone before I ingest anything else. I’m constantly tryi...
by CF_69
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 5FU as second line?
Replies: 12
Views: 1561

Re: 5FU as second line?

I’m not sure if this is what you’re asking, but I’m currently taking Xeloda alone for adjuvant chemo.
by CF_69
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Tightness in hips-radiation?
Replies: 5
Views: 1040

Re: Tightness in hips-radiation?

I’ve had terrible hip / low back pain. I’m about 2 1/2 months post LAR, no ileo. I had about 6 weeks of radiation around Christmas time. I do have a history of back problems. A L5-S1 disc herniation and my most recent MRI noted degenerative disc disease at L4-L5. I’ve tried everything. Most pills do...
by CF_69
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 80993

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

No such luck. Stretching seems to have made it worse.

I can feel something pushing on the nerve. Have an MRI coming up as soon as I get the call. I’ve been basically immobile for over a month now.
by CF_69
Fri May 31, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Laid off before Dx
Replies: 21
Views: 2562

Re: Laid off before Dx

I don’t know anything about immunotherapy and hopefully I never need to. You’re right about the cost of drugs. My province covers chemotherapy if it’s administered at the hospital, but not if you take it home. Surely there are plenty of examples like that. I agree with you that the best treatments s...
by CF_69
Fri May 31, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Laid off before Dx
Replies: 21
Views: 2562

Re: Laid off before Dx

Ain’t that the truth. It’s not all puppy dogs and ice cream up here either. In my province, if you’re gone for more 7 months of any 12 month period, you’re cut off. Due to the nature of my job, I was, so when I was diagnosed and sent home, I was not covered. I did have insurance through my employer,...
by CF_69
Thu May 30, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chemo & Radiation BEFORE 1st Surgery - What to Expect?
Replies: 9
Views: 1088

Re: Chemo & Radiation BEFORE 1st Surgery - What to Expect?

The other thread does have a lot of info. I think the biggest factor is where the tumour is. Mine was basically rectosigmoid, so quite high up. I didn’t have many of the symptoms that a lot of people do have. Think preventative. Wash instead of wiping. Keep things off your skin that could burn. List...
by CF_69
Thu May 30, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Laid off before Dx
Replies: 21
Views: 2562

Re: Laid off before Dx

As a Canadian I can’t complain about the level of care I’ve had here. Serious illnesses are prioritized. I’ve waited 11 months for a CT scan for something not urgent, I’ve also been squeezed in immediately numerous times over the past 6 months for many procedures. All without giant bills or premiums.
by CF_69
Wed May 29, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1710
Views: 420201

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

I’ve had horrible back pain that started a few weeks after surgery. More like pain in my left hip and calf. Tingling all up and down the leg too. I can’t walk very far without needing to stop. I lie on ice packs whenever I am home. Whenever I drive anywhere I turn on the heated seats. I went to the ...
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: 3060

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: 80993

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: 5506

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: 1961

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: 1961

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: 1961

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...

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