Yvana1 wrote:Oh Ok Thanks for that Beth. I haven't experienced the pain for about 10 days now (just occasional random slight pulling-type minor cramping twinges. Eating or using the bathroom doesn't seem to make any difference). My pain is on an angle from the point between the belly button and right hip going down towards the bladder-ish. I guess that means it is most likely in the descending colon (?) When you say your pain/cramping was on and off could you tell me please, how long were the gaps inbetween pain events for you? Believe me, I am not looking for trouble, but I find the pain having subsided rather odd (but apparently it's not an altogether unheard of thing either), but I am also thankful it's not constant. Thinking about it, before the big pain event, I may have had minor pains/twinges in the same area but probably didn't think anything of it. Do you think that the intermittancy of it suggests that the mass grows in "spurts"? Did you have pain when the one lymph node expanded so quickly? Did you also have little to no other symptoms ? (I have little to no appetite. And for a long time now, occasional constipation for no apparent reason even though I've always eaten a high-fiber diet and drink lots of water). Thank you again Beth and I also hope for the best.
Sounds like ths twinging pulling-type intermittent pain is from peristaltic waves
, muscular contractions that push digested food
through the colon to be pooped. Peristalsis is a finely-tuned process, however when there's a mass in the colon, you will feel 'pain' coming and
going, the pain will increase in intensity if the mass isn't removed. Lots of nerves to pick up every little problem too.
I had an ileo-colic intussusception that was a medical emergency as my caecal carcinoma was a bit of a ninja (giving no obvious clinical
symptoms). It was only found when the right hemicolectomy was performed. No lymph node involvement, so I caught a lucky break there.
You might want to switch to a low-residue diet between now and when you have your surgery and keep the liquids up as your colon is under stress and
avoiding another big pain event is desirable at this point.
This is one link I Googled up that describes peristalsis in lay terms. https://www.cancer.net/navigating-cance ... bstruction
Another link with some basic anatomy and physiology. https://opentextbc.ca/anatomyandphysiol ... ntestines/