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first ultrasound scope since treaments

teacherofkids
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Hi All, I am going for my first 3month ultrasound scope since my treatments for stage 3B anal cancer. I am seeing Dr. Wong at Sloan Kettering in NY. I am still very sore in the anal area after bowel movements and he won't put me out for it. I am very worried about the pain I may feel during the soope. How bad was it for other survivors? He will numb the area and give me some pain meds but I am even worried about doing the enimas. OUCH!

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lizdeli
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I dreaded it as well. I didn't have any pain meds or numbing of the area. Honestly, it didn't hurt that much at all. It was much better than I thought. I was surprised myself, but relieved. I've had another since then and the same results. Not pleasant, but not painful at all.

Wishing you the same. Good luck and we anxiously await your great results!
Liz

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z
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Hi, I had post tx exams, but the 1st one was 3 months later and I had a biopsy and hemroidectomy, so I had to be put under. My rad did a dre a month after that, which was painful, I shouldn't have let him do that, and he should have known better. My onc and colo-rectol didn't think he should have done that either. I am not going back to the rad, just the onc and colo. They alternate every 3 months I see one of them. It sounds like since you'll be numb and have pain meds you shouldn't feel anything. If you've never been numbed down there, just know you won't know if anything is passing through. They will give you pads to wear home. After I was numbed for surgery and later that day went to walgreens I had no idea that anything was passing through. Of course I had pads on. It sounds like your dr is taking the steps to ensure you won't feel pain. I wish you well. Lori

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z810840b
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I have been going for scopes every three months for almost 2 yrs.My colo-rectal Dr. always puts me out. Why not? It seems cruel not to....alyse

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pjjenkins
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And I have not found them too bad. I do have one doozy of a hemorrhoid (at least I think it is) - external - but the enemas/scope don't bother it much. If I say "ouch" he apologizes and tells me he is almost done- and he is. My first one post treatment was Aug. 2008 - about 6 months after.

Mostly I just find them awkward... more ego-bruising than actually painful. And I am (so far) always very relieved to hear him say everything looks okay.

Hang in, my friend!

Priscilla

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lizdeli
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Priscilla and Teachersofkids,
I'm reading through the posts and looks like you both may have had your recent follow ups. Hope all is well and you both received good news. Sorry if I missed the updates in other posts.

Liz

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pjjenkins
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I am very relieved and feeling oh so fortunate. I wish I could pass this on to everyone here.
Priscilla

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lizdeli
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NED the sweets 3 letters we've ever heard. I am happy and relived for you.
May you continue to be blessed with good news.
Liz

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z
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Hi Priscilla,

Great news with the NED! I love those letters. I wish you well. Lori

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