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Gulamin
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Am ready to have the anoscopy March 30th... starting to get anxious. I am hopeful its all gone. The healing after treatment was very fast and I feel good. Still a little low on energy but can do all that I did before. Even my stool is under control which makes me, needless to say, very happy. Skin all healed. Menopause started... at 41... and some hot flashes at night, but manageable.

My question is: how did it feel in the anal area? The outside is healed but who knows what the inside looks like. I assume its still healing. Sometimes I get anxious about it when I feel 'anything'... some itching (short and not often)... it just feels like its healing or something... maybe I am just making it up because I am getting anxious. How did it feel for you?

Thank you so much for all of your continued support.

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mp327
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Well, your fears are understandable, as I also feared that first scope on my fried butt! But it was not painful, just the normal uncomfortable that goes along with having that done in the first place. My colorectal doc is always very gentle with both DRE's and scopes. It certainly couldn't do any harm to mention to your doctor right before the exam that you are apprehensive and expecting some pain. Hopefully, he/she will be sensitive to your feelings and be extra gentle. I hope the exam goes well and all findings are good. It sounds like you are doing well and should have no worries.

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z810840b
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i am 31 months post treatment.I was scoped every three months til i reached the 2 yr mark and now every 6 months.My colorectal doctor has always put me out for the procedure and I am grateful.Hugs..alyse

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grandma2selena
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Joined: Jun 2009

I can't agree more, that you have all rights to feel the way you do. I felt the same way right after treatment, any little thing just made me feel so assured that it was not gone. As for the scope after treatment it was not any more uncomfortable then any of the ones I had before. Let your Dr know how you feel, I know mine sedated me.

patacz
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Joined: Sep 2010

You are one of the luckiest people who healed soon without many complications. I am still dealing with some issues and I am 8 months post treatment. I see the colo/rectal surgeoun every three months now and he basically does a visual inspection, and no biopsies or any other tests. On my last appt. he told there were still some inflamation but zero evidence of reocurrance. I am still anxious and wondering if he should do more, so I guess this is normal in all of us. After all we've gone through we can't help to worry. we just have to keep a good attitude and continue fighting, the worse have passed. Good luck to you!

gratefulmom
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Joined: Feb 2011

You sound like you have healed quickly just like I did. I am 48years old and I finished treatment 8 months ago. the end of this month I will have my second post-treatment scope. The first one after treatment wasn't any more uncomfortable than normal for that area, because I healed quick.My surgeon is the one who checks me and he doesn't sedate me at all.I am confident that my next one will go well too because I haven't been having any major issues. I do have some mucus discharge once in a will, but I think that is normal from what I have read. I am very thankful that I havn't had some of the problems that others have had. Your story sounds very similar to mine,so I'm sure you'll do fine. Good luck to you, and God bless

Gulamin
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Joined: Dec 2010

To all of you for your encouragement! I do feel lucky that I did not have many of the side effects that others had. Very thankful. I feel strong with all of your support going into this first scope on the 30th! We have a month trip to Europe planned if all goes well. To all of you: much health and happiness.

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sephie
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so glad you healed. it will be ok then. I was stage 2 no mo but i still have pain with walking, sitting, scopes, dre on my left anal side after 19 months post tx. so we are all different. just had scope and they said no evidence of reoccurance but have to watch my left side. you will be just fine. not fun but necessary. sephie

Gulamin
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Means so much to me. I am anxious as the day gets closer. Your encouragement is wonderful. Thank you.

Angela_K
Posts: 374
Joined: Jan 2011

I am two months post treatment and feeling great 95% of the time. The other 5% is due to fatigue. I am inspired my your post and by those who have responded to you.

I have healed beautifully. I do have some vaginal tenderness during sex but my husband and I keep on keeping on and I'm having much less discomfort and expect it to be a non-issue in the weeks ahead. My PET scan a couple of weeks ago showed me to have no cancerous cells remaining and I am following up in June with my surgeon.

I am anxious at times but I'm doing everything possible to help myself with a good clean diet, lots of exercise, meditation, and visits to the massage therapist and reflexologist.

I kept a blog during treatment which was a wonderful outlet for me since I was 200 mi from home for seven weeks. Anyone who wishes to read it can do so:

assdiaries.blogspot.com

I suppose I am in early menopause since my periods stopped at the tail end of treatment, but I'm not seeing any of the common symptoms. I have stayed cold most of the time ~ which is new and different for me ~ so I have welcomed this hot West Texas weather over the past couple of weeks. And my hair is finally growing back in, sprouting weird little hairs everywhere, with no visible bald spots remaining. Yay!

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mp327
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It's great to see you here and I'm so happy to hear that you are doing well! Congrats on the clean PET scan! Keep moving forward and soon the fatigue will be gone--you're doing everything right!

Hugs--
Martha

sissy310
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Anoscopy was not painful but uncomfortable mostly. I was able to 'see' what the doctor saw when they did this as they put the screen by my face. Everything looked pink with veins very close to the top of the skin - almost transparent. The colorectal surgeon said it is not 'normal' in the sense the veins are too close to the surface but there was no cancer and that's all I had to hear. I think your fears about 'feeling' anything are normal...we are all on hyper alert mode with anything that goes on. WHen I read these posts of how people are feeling after treatment I am elated to hear when someone feels good and sad when someone does not. I'm so glad that both of you are doing well. Marilyne

P.S. I have not said Hi lately to you Martha. Hope all is going well. I do not come in as much as before but I try to constantly watch, read and pipe in! Hugs, Marilyne

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mp327
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I'm still around--it's good to see you here. I hope all is well!

netkickin
Posts: 8
Joined: Jan 2011

So glad to hear you are doing good. I am also 2 months out and still feel a little sluggish. I had a biopsy done this week and the pain level is minimal. It is just like have a rectal exam like before. I have a little tenderness around the anus but other than than all is good. Wish you luck and keep us posted.

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