For about the past week or so, I feel sensation in my rectal, sacral, and sometimes coccyx region. It's not pain, per se, just sensation. The sacral area feels tight, as if it could be muscular, but the reason I'm freaked out is because I had odd feelings back there before my Dx. (Of course, I also had rectal bleeding and downright pain at times.)
At the time of surgery, my surgeon assured me I'd gotten a "good response" to chemoradiation, with the rectal tumor shrinking from 8 cm to 2 cm. I know she said she also got a negative margin when removing it. But any time I get a twinge in that area, my first thought is, "It's back!" Is this normal paranoia? I know I'll have these fears and thoughts for the rest of my life any time there's an ache/pain/twinge anywhere in my body because after dealing with something like this, you're gun-shy.
Anyone else had a rectal tumor removed and had twinges/sensations a few months post-op? Just curious. Looking for some peace of mind, I suppose.
42 yr. old female
Rectal cancer Stage 3C T3 N1 M0 - Sept 2015
28 rounds radiation w/Xeloda - Nov - Dec 2015
2/17/16 - Surgery to remove rectal tumor, lymph nodes (2/20+), ovaries & fallopian tubes, temp. ileostomy
3/28/16 - 9/26/16 -12 rounds FOLFOX w/full oxi
Ileo reversal 10/27/16; Port removed 12/1/16
Lung mets confirmed 2/6/17
March-May 2017 - brain mets; brain rad. 5/9-5/29/17