Apr 05, 2013 - 3:41 am
Fist time posting here. I recieved my 54th and last treatment of radiation for Hodgkins Disease on April 8th, 1986. So that would be about 27 years ago when I was 25 years old, newly divorced and the mother of two toddlers. I have not had many problems, actually, since the radiation. I did go into menopause about 3 years later, which was a tailspin for me and led to some rather trying years as by then I didn't have any regular doctor and we couldn't figure out what was the matter with me. Menopause at 28 isn't something I was told could happen from having both upper and lower mantles radiated. For years it was assumed that because my doctor didn't move my ovaries over the radiation had zapped them and made them sterile. Then when I was in my forties I finally had adequate insurance and a good endocrinologist who discovered problems with my thyroid. Once on hormone therapy I suddenly began having menses again, after a 20 year of not. LOL! A few years ago I had a second menopause. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2004, and about once every five years spend a night in the hospital when I get the flu so bad my hiatel hernia spasms out and won't stop so I become excisevly dehydrated. But the only other time I spent time in the hospital (after the initial removal of the tumor and splenectomy, etc to stage the cancer) was when I had my gall bladder removed, so I know I am very lucky, especially after reading so much on here about others.
My question, however, is if anyone else was told, after they received the radiation treatment, that those areas of your body that were zapped were, essentially, about 20 years older than the rest of your body? It was no big deal when i was in my 20s but now that I am in my 50s it is making me sweat. I know my heart muscle is thicker, I know I live on rantidine and eat it like candy because I have a very low toleration for any sort of acidity in my stomach but I am growing much more concerned regarding my heart and lungs. What has anyone else been told, if anything, regarding how radiation ages the internal organs?
Thanks, and all the best to everyone.