Aug 10, 2010 - 11:48 pm
Hello fine people. I have spent the better part of my day perusing this specific discussion board. My name is Kim and I will turn 45 on Friday.
Today, my nurse, Teresa, phoned me with the results of my CT and it seems I have a plethora of issues to contend with on top of old issues. Firstly, I have a kidney stone I'm passing. I figure it didn't alarm them enough to put me in the hospital and since I'm on pain medication anyway for other issues, I'm handling it fine.
I also have a condition called Diverticulitis. They are calling me in antibiotics for this issue.
However, it is the third thing that has me concerned. They found a tumor in my anal canal and are sending me to a general surgeon for a biopsy.
The reason they took the CT to begin with is because for several weeks, I can barely eat and when I do eat, it is mainly soups. I also drink only water and tea. I'm losing weight but you can't tell because I'm so swollen, it looks odd and, of course, makes my tummy look bigger. I have horrible stomach pain, too.
I've always had issues with constipation and figured when I saw blood in my stool a week ago, it was due to strain. Thing is, this time, there wasn't just blood in the toilet. There was blood in the stool, which is very different for me. I am also experiencing a burning soreness around and in my anus and it feels 'puffy' back there, like hemmorhoids. It's also red with a tad of discharge. I've also been noticing a lot of thick mucous in some stools I am passing.
Lately, to combat the constipation, I'm taking Miralax and a stool softener. I am also taking unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar, raw Vitamin C and Elderberry Syrup. I also have some organic Slippery Bark Elm.
The reason I take pain medication is due to ulcers and severe inflammation of my stomach lining and I have GERD and RA, as well.
I know you won't be able to just come out and say whether you think I have anal cancer or not BUT...did you have any of the symptoms I have, prior to being diagnosed?
Thank you for taking the time to read all of this. I tend to be a bit long-winded, at times.