Mar 23, 2013 - 2:48 pm
Another newbie here. Dx with Stage two rectal cancer in January. Did the resection end of January. And am now undergoing chemo. The oncologist recommended it even though stage two. Had my first treatment last week (Oxy and 5-FU). Tolerating the chemo ok I guess. Slight nausea but bad diarrhea.
My concerns really lie with post resection pooping issues. I’m suffering from lower anterior syndrome I think. Often I’ll go a couple of days without pooping and then have up to 10 poops in one day in clusters. It’s very uncomfortable and makes it hard to go about daily life on that pooping day. I’m wondering will this settle down at all? I’m less than two months from my surgery and know it takes time, but this is rather debilitating at times. It’s making it difficult for me to work. And the worst part is the pain in my rear… I feel like I’m having a spasm and have to go again for hours after one of the multiple pooping sessions during the day. I’m not talking about being raw, but the sensation of having your anus open maybe? I’m not really sure how to describe it, except that it’s painful and very uncomfortable. Hard to sit or stand until the feeling slowly goes away – like I said over the course of a couple of hours.
Someone mentioned on here that he does regular enemas and this helps? I’d love more information on that if possible. I’m really at a loss for what to do. The diarrhea with the chemo is making it worse. It’s making me really depressed.
Thanks for any suggestions and your support. So happy to have found this place.