Kay1982 wrote:Hello all. I have been struggling with bowel issues for over 5 yrs. First started with constipation, on amd off. It's now pain in the left of my stomach near navel, lower tummy near ovaries and pain on my side as well as back. The left part of my tummy is a little bigger than my right perhaps from swelling. I have intermitten diarrhea, stomach cramps and overall jist feel like poop. I ended up in the ER Saturday where they did labs and CT without contrast. All neg. First of all, would a CT without contrast show anything or was it a waste of my copay? Second are there other things that can be causing all these problems besides colon cancer. I am scared out of my mind and having anxiety. I am currently waiting for my insurance to approve colonoscopy.
I went to the ER with rectal bleeding and they drew blood, took vitals, and asked me a lot of questions. They then did a CT scan with contrast and found a mass and said that it was likely cancer. Next up was a colonoscopy, some recovery time and then I went home. It was a very long day from about 2 AM to 8 PM at the hospital but I was glad that they got all of that done in one day as I probably would have worried if there were time between the CT and the Colonoscopy. The pathology report came back within a few days (I don't remember how many) and it was cancer.
So no, the CT scan wasn't a waste of money. At least you know that you don't have a tumor large enough to show up on a CT scan. There are many things that can cause GI problems. One of my sisters has had GI problems for years and she's lost weight and has extreme constipation problems. She going to see a few GI specialists to see if they can figure out what is wrong with her so that they can fix it. She does not have cancer. So yes, there are things that can cause GI problems that aren't cancer.
In my case, I had a mass and I guess that was sufficient justification for an immediate colonoscopy. The GI doctor ran point for me that day and in the weeks to come. You have a lot of GI problems so you should be working with a GI doc if your insurance works that way. I realize that some insurance plans generally require you to go through your PCP for that stuff but your PCP should have looked at doing some tests, including the colonoscopy, if he knew about your symptoms.
Rectal Bleeding biopsy June 23, 2017, Diagnosed Stage 3B rectal cancer late July 2017 via MRI.
T3, N1b, M0.
Chemo (Xeloda) and radiation from 07/31/17 to 09/08/17.
CEA before treatment: 2.7. CEA after 14 treatments 1.9 to 1.8 after treatment.
KRAS Mutant KRAS p.Gly12Asp
In 6-week post chemo/radiation recovery period right now
Waiting for MRI early October
Planning for surgery in late October