Hmmm let see who is paying who for the service here? If your dr. will not consider a test you request - may be time to change drs I had stage 3, they wanted to wait 3 years for a next colonoscopy after surgical removal of the cancer. I told the drs. "Let's make sure nothing is there before we extend time." They agreed. If they hadn't, I would have changed. Explain you anxiety to you dr., if there is no sympathy to it get a new one.View Thread
I had a portion of my rectum removed and have had similar problems. I also had the experience of REALLY having to go NOW and then having such a small bowel movement that I was amazed. This happening very often thru the day. None of this is very conducive to a public job. I have been able to work by taking a couple of Imodium tablets on days I will be in the public view. Weekends I do not take any and that is the time to kinda empty out. The Imodium holds the gas ans movements way down and lets me out of the house a whole lot easier. No offense to those with ostomy bags but I figure the pills are a tad bit easier.
I lost about 12 inches of colon and rectum - I have to work in a public area and had the problem of Multiple runs to the bathroom every day,. I did not have the diarrhea attached to this, but I use store brand Imodium to hold off every day I have to work. This helps but every so often the Imodium doesn't catch and I have to take a day off for (bathroom runs).
I do eat anything and no Dr. has given me any "diet" to help.
If you had a resection - the site of the re-connection may napkin ring the bowels - squeeze it like a napking in one of the fancy rings. I have this still after 2 years. It is verrryyyy sslowly getting a tad better..My doc said "More fiber" - well when you have to be on your feet at a security check point for 8 hours a day - "more fiber" just does not comnpute.. My surgeon did a flex-syg scope and actually showed me the stricture on a tv sreen. ike Good luckView Thread
You might want to talk to your doc about a flexible sygmoidoscopy(-10sp) (flex syg for short). This may not cover what he wants to keep and eye on but if it does - it is cheaper, and is a different exam that Medicare may then cover?. G'luck
I was fortunate enough to not require an ostomy. They did a stapled anastamosis and put the ends together. I had the tumor 4 inches from the anus and that still left enough to put together. I lost the top 8 inches of the rectum and 4 inches of the decending colon. Again I was luckly this time and none of the 25 lymph nodes removed and tested , tested positive. I have been cancer free since. I have been getting either an MRI, CAT, or PET scan every 6 months and will now change over to every year. Blood work every quarter with a CEA of less than 1, I have finally had my regular dr. tell me to eat more veggies other than that no one said "CHANGE" anything. If you have ??'s at all ask I WILL answer any I can and will not make up any answers I do not know.
I went in for rectal cancer - removed some colon too. They have to check wether the cancer has hit the lymph nodes to stage the cancer. It took 6 days for the hospital visit and then 6 weeks off work to recover. more than likely if an ostomy bag is involved it will take a bit longer. I experienced a big change iin bowel movements after surgery, I ws 56 at the time and noramlly it was one in the morning and done for the day. Not any more. It has become frequent and smaller movements thru out the day. Best of luck to mom!!!
G,morning Txgirl, I understand the toughness since your surgery is kinda up in the air. Oh, I was a 56 male when my cancer was discovered 2 years ago.. I had a resection also after an initial physical discovery. I have minor problems with the nerve endings telling my head I REALLY have to go. This may happen also with a sub/fake rectum. The removal to me is the main part of treatment. It gets ALL cells that may be cancerous out. The ostomy bag will be difficult but can be handled with extra care.Always keep your son informed - he may get kinda "oh mom don;t get so graphic" on ya but let him know everything you do.That should allow him to assist more than he even thinks about. Use him and your sister as sounding boards as well as this site.Hang in there kiddo you'll do fine with patience and care. Best of luck IkeView Thread
I was 55 at my discovery. 2 weeks later surgery. 12"of rectum and colon removed. No bag though. Stapled anastamosis instead. 23 lymph nodes all clean. No chemo. I was 7 days in hospital and 6 weeks at home. Scar from top of belly button all the way down. Normal bowel movements have not returned. I use imodium when I work to prevent really frequent "urges". The nerves that are down at the bottom where way up in the colon and any "sensation" is now urgent. Doing cat/mri quarterly. Quarterly blood work checking liver and CEA and the whole works. Have had one annual colonoscopy and had 10mm polyp that had cancerous possilblities, removed. No one gave me eating restricitions and I just "excercise" with a 30-40 min. walk 3-4 times a week. Work is 8 hours on my feet doing TSA screening at MSP airport - lots of excercise. That is my experience hope your hubby is as lucky. G'luckView Thread