Jul 25, 2013 - 10:16 pm
First I want to say hello to everyone...I'm so glad I found this site! I've been poking around, and it's amazing to see how many others are in the same boat as I am.
I am a 42 year old female, and until recently I considered myself to be in pretty great health. Back in April I went to the dr. to check out a pain in my lower right abdomen that had been coming and going for two years. The pain was pretty mild and only came every four to six months, after a few hours each time...was gone. So it was pretty easy to ignore. Once the pain became more frequent, I decided it was dr. time. They started with an x-ray of my lower right pelvis/abdomen area....nothing was found...nothing! Was sent home, told to come back in a few weeks if it kept on...so back I went a month later. I was then given an ultrasound, followed by a mri.
They found an angioma on my liver, which I already know about...but it has grown quite a bit (whether to treat it is on hold for now). They also found a mass on my right kidney. I was told by our urologist that he would need to remove the whole kidney...can do it now or look again in three months...that was about all he told me! Of course...I went for a second opinion. They came to the conclusion that it was either an oncocytoma or renal cell cancer, but in spite of doing a biopsy, they could not tell...either way surgery was necessary anyway. I had surgery on July 12, and it did turn out to be cancer. Half of my kidney was removed, surgery went greatI! Looks like it didn't spread and they got it all, no more treatment necessary at this point. I am so grateful I went for that second opinion.
I am feeling as well as I can expect two weeks after surgery, but holy smokes...the bloating in my belly!! I look and feel four months pregnant! It's causing half my discomfort. Has anyone else experienced this kind of bloating following surgery? Did you find anything that helped? I would be sooo grateful for any suggestions on beating the bloat.
Thanks so much for listening to my story...feels good to have a place to discuss it! I'm looking forward to getting to know others here!