Sep 28, 2011 - 1:58 pm
Hello Friends ... I wanted to share my experience with you. I'm dealing with lots of mucus discharge (clear to rust colored with occasional specks of blood and can be pretty foul smelling) and some focal anal pain. My colo rectal surgeon, oncologist and GI MD all believe this to be radiation proctitis.
The mucus started 6 - 7 months after radiation treatment ended which is pretty much in line with when chronic radiation proctitis flairs up or begins to show symptoms. Of course I automatically think its recurrence or residual and am freaked out and terrorized as one of the other strings described this fear that pops up!
Nonetheless, I'm on an oral bowel anti-inflammatory and a suppository. They will do this for a month and if I still have the pain, will do a scope and possibly try Botox injection if the pain is limiting activities. Pain is not too bad, but the mucous is pretty bad.
Just wanted to share in case you have symptoms and are not sure of what's going on ... of course you'll want to discuss all symptoms with your oncologists.