Low thyroid can cause false elevated CEA so might want to work on that, too.
Thank you Diane, I didn't know that! It's so great to get tips and advice from everyone here. There is such a wealth of knowledge in all of you.
Probably ProctoFoam. I got it and never used it because honestly the contraption was so complicated LOL...and yes I suffered through radiation and the burns were unbearable during the bathroom and lingered for a while after that. Once Radiation Treatment was over after 28 days the pain subsided after about 3 weeks exactly from going to the bathroom. Unfortunately all the ointments, calmoseptine, aquafor, witch hazel, anything under the sun that you can think of will not make a huge difference. It's going to hurt no matter what when you have a bowel movement and the lingering pain afterwards, calmoseptine might help with or aquafor, but unfortunately not really well. Taking Hydrocodone was my relief if it was super painful, I didn't take it much because honestly I was scared of getting addicted, but I took it when it was absolutely horrible lingering pain.
Thank you for telling me about the ProcotoFoam. For some reason the pharmacy could never get the prescription. The doctor would send it digitally but it never came through on the other end so they had to call it in and it wasn't until this morning that it was finally available. But then it was too expensive. It may be different from ProctoFoam as it was called ProctoMed but similar at least. I've paid for two other compound medicines that were high but this was $100 and just hydrocortizone 2.5%. The over the counter one is 1%. So far nothing I've bought has done much to help, like you said, it's something I have to get through and nothing is really working so I don't think I will get that prescription. There's so much insurance isn't covering and I'm still at the beginning of all of the treatments.
My radiation oncologist doesn't really like to give out meds. He told me I could use Tylenol if I want. I did take it and felt like I got some relief but then I felt like I should take more so I didn't take it at all. I don't want to get constipated on top of everything else. My surgeon is wonderful though and always says there is no reason to hurt. He prescribed a compound ointment, lidocaine and asked if I needed something for pain. I didn't get the lidocaine prescription because it was $250. The pharmacist said it wasn't covered under my insurance but it was 5% and the over the counter one was 4% and under $10. I can always go back and get the prescriptions later.
Thank you for your encouragement. I needed to hear that!