Feb 20, 2013 - 9:20 pm
Hi, I am new here to this forum but not new to cancer. I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago (July 2010) with stage 3 rectal cancer. I had 6 weeks 5fu chemo and radiation which shrunk the tumor quite a bit. The tumor was up high in the rectum and the doctor removed my entire rectum and part of my colon. He had enough that he could reconnect me and then I had an illiostomy bag for 3 months to give my colon time to heal. Having the ostomy was really not that big of a deal. I was just getting the hang of it and then it was time to get it reversed. I also had several months of follow-up folfox.
Overall things have been back to normal for me except lately I have been getting pains in my tummy that comes and goes. Its like an achy crampy kind of pain in the general area where my ostomy scar is. I have heard of adhesions but I'm not sure what the symptoms or warnings signs are. Has anyone out there had any experiance with adhesions or scar tissue and could please let me what to look for? If it is an adhesion.. would something like that even show up on an xray?
I may be just worrying about nothing. I will be having a routine colonscopy but that wont be until November. I'm not sure if I should maybe call the doc and move it up. Any advice would be appreciated.