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Severe cramping with colon cancer

terrical
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Joined: Aug 2003

My mother was diagnosed with stage iv colon cancer in July 2003. Even though doctors found only a tiny spot on her liver, they consider her terminal. The only chemo my mother would consent to is xeloda, which she can take in pill form at home. She has been on it since the middle of August (two weeks on and one week off). Christmas Eve she had her first severe attack of abdominal cramps. She said it felt like she was being stabbed and nothing she tried would relieve the pain. The attack lasted through the night and then disappeared. When she told her doctor about it, he pressed her abdomin exactly where the pain had been (and that spot was still very tender) and said he would give her a prescription that would help. She didn't ask the doctor what the pain was caused from or any questions about it, and she didn't get the prescription filled! Last night she had another attack. I didn't find out until this morning when I went to visit her. She said the pain was unbearable, she vomited continuously and felt she would pass out. Again though, the pain subsided by morning. I filled her prescription for her and we'll see if that prevents another attack. I can't remember the name of the medicine, except it starts with a D and the literature that came with it said it was used to treat abdominal cramping and ulcers. Sorry for this long story before finally getting to my questions. Has anyone out there experienced this? Is it part of colon cancer? What causes it? Will it get better or only worse? Does it mean the cancer has progressed? Does anyone have suggestions about how to treat it? We would appreciate any help. Thank you, Terri.

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jsabol
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Joined: Dec 2003

Hi Terri,
I'm sorry to hear about your mom's current difficulty. It is so hard to watch someone you love go through pain. I'm not sure that I would even hazard a guess as to what is going on with mom. It seems that her doc has a plan, so it might be best if you and your mom talked with him for some clarification. Does your mom let you accompany her to appts? Is she willing to let you ask any questions that you have? My dad was very accepting of anything the doctor told him, and was not at all curious about the why and what if. He was happy to have me talk with the doctor for my own peace of mind. So, I wouldn't jump to any conclusions without more info; best of luck to you and your mom.
Your in my thoughts.
Judy

terrical
Posts: 23
Joined: Aug 2003

Thanks for replying, Judy. Unfortunatly, my mom's doctor is only in our area Friday mornings, and I am teaching school then. My mother is feeling much better, though, so I'm hoping the cramping was not due to something really serious. Her doctor has ordered a test that involves threading a tube through her groin to her liver for a better scan. I will take off and go with her to hear the results of that. Thanks for caring. Terri

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bryancarson
Posts: 47
Joined: Jan 2004

Due to severe cramping, the doctor found my tumor. I was in such severe pain that I could not walk, talk, or do anything. I discovered that my pain was because of the tumor. Once it was removed, I had no more pain. Ask your mom's dr. if she should have a colectomy (a removal of part of her colon) Although the recovery from surgery was difficult, it eliminated the cramping pain. Best of luck to you.

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