Sep 04, 2003 - 3:35 pm
I'm not certain this is the best forum for my question but here goes: My husband has stage 2 rectal cancer and had surgery 3 weeks ago to remove the tumor. Surgery was a technical success in terms of the CA (nodes tested neg) but he is feeling so poorly 3 weeks later that I'm becoming very concerned. He had a permanent colostomy so his incisions are up his tummy, up his backside (anus and rectum were removed) and the stoma site itself. He is miserable with pain in his rear end (aching and sharp), has flu like sympoms, and tremendous difficulty emptying his bladder. He can hardly walk, cannot sit at all, and doesn't sleep well.
The incision up his belly as well as his stoma are healing well and not causing him an unusual amount of discomfort but his backside is in agony. Is this typical recovery that he has to "ride out" or is there something wrong here? He is young and otherwise healthy but now I see him getting more and more depressed by the day (totally unlike him) because there doesn't seem to be an end to his pain. I appreciate any feedback, I've also posted a message on the UOA website but if anyone has other website suggestions, please share.