Worrying myself sick and in a bit of a panic.

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dmbfanatpsu
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Worrying myself sick and in a bit of a panic.

Postby dmbfanatpsu » Thu May 18, 2017 8:50 pm

First off, my sincere thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who's live have been impacted by cancer.

I am a 37 year old male. I went to the doctor this past Wednesday due to the fact that I've had a dull aching pain and sensation in my abdomen for about 3 weeks now. The pain seems to move around from left to center to right and comes and goes. I'll go a couple days and will feel little pain followed by 2 or 3 days with noticeable pain in lower abdomen. I exercise regularly and eat healthy for the most part. I didn't really pay attention to my stools until this past week and both on Sunday, yesterday and today they are pencil thin. I am also passing a lot of gas now, both farting and burping. I also seem to be losing my appetite.

My xray came back with the follow notes from the doctor: "There is gas and stool the colon and rectum. Increased stool is noted in the right colon. There is no gaseous distention of small bowel. There are no air-fluid levels. There is no free interpersonal air."

The doctor also ordered a blood test (CBC W/ AUTO DIFFERENTIAL) and all the numbers are in the "standard range".

My doctor was supposed to call me today, but I didn't hear from him. I am just worried sick because I have 3 young kids and wife and I can't stop thinking of the worse outcome.

Lee
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Re: Worrying myself sick and in a bit of a panic.

Postby Lee » Thu May 18, 2017 10:19 pm

dmbfanatpsu wrote:First off, my sincere thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who's live have been impacted by cancer.



Thank you for your kind words. Colon cancer is know for being a silent killer. Me I had on symptoms other than bleeding hemorrhoids. My PCP figured those bleeding hemorrhoids were my excuse for getting my colonoscopy early in life. At the age of 46, I was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer, no family history. My mom at age 55 ended up in ER, serious stomach pain and rectal bleeding. A colonoscopy was done, no cancer, no polyps, just a bad case of diverticulosis. My point, cancer is just "one" possible cause for your symptoms. Colon cancer tends to be silent, except when dealing with a blockage, and believe me a blockage is VERY PAINFUL. Your not there.

Does colon cancer run in your family? If you are concerned, PUSH for a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy will give you a true diagnoses, anything else is just a speculation.

All the best,

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

Swirdfish
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Re: Worrying myself sick and in a bit of a panic.

Postby Swirdfish » Fri May 19, 2017 5:11 am

Keep on top of it and I second the colonoscopy if u don't get results. Don't be like me and avoid it thinking it will pass.

Not to scare you but there is a lot of us mid thirties around! :roll:
06/2016 Went in for colonoscopy came out with a tumor. Age 35
12cm from verge at junction. Rectal cancer.
Clinical stage T3 NO MO
Temp illestomy
Completed 5FU and Radiation
LAR surgery planned 13 Oct 2016
Completed ULAR surgery 11-10-2016.
0/22 nodes
pT3 N0 M0 R1
Stage 2A

Pathology reviewed and changed
ypT3 N0 M0 R0

Started folfox 21-11-2016
5-4-17 NED
Reversal 12-4-17

KElizabeth
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Re: Worrying myself sick and in a bit of a panic.

Postby KElizabeth » Fri May 19, 2017 2:21 pm

Schedule a colonoscopy with a GI doc. It's the only way to know. I put mine off because my doc said I was too young to have CRC. I regret it every day.
Knowing will put your mind at ease.
Female age 38- ,2 teens.
Colon Cancer - DX March 2013
Age 34 at DX - Stage III B
Resection surgery -May 2013
FOLFOX - June, 2013 to Sept, 2013
5FU plus leukavorin Sept, 2013 to Dec, 2013
METs liver and lungs discovered Sept, 2015
KRAS - MSS
FOLFIRI plus Avastin - Sept, 2015 - July 2017
Durvalumab and Cediranib Sept 2017 -current
CEA at recurrence:10.1/august, 2015
CEA: 1.9 February, 2016
CEA: 16.4 March 2017
CEA: 90.1 October 2017

DarknessEmbraced
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Re: Worrying myself sick and in a bit of a panic.

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Fri May 19, 2017 3:35 pm

I agree best to schedule a colonoscopy. That way you will know for sure.
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17

Tdubz
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Re: Worrying myself sick and in a bit of a panic.

Postby Tdubz » Fri May 19, 2017 8:13 pm

I second everyone else. Get a colonoscopy done. I put it off for years thinking my symptoms were ibs and now I'm 36 and have stage 3 colon cancer.


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