Aug 07, 2013 - 11:54 am
This is my first post. My mom was diagnosed in May 2011, and it's been a rough two years. She never achieved a full remission, and her longest stretch off of chemo was 6 months (she's in chemo currently...on her fourth drug, I believe). Good digestion has always been a struggle through the chemo. She would find herself very constipated right after treatment, but then her digestive system would restore itself after a few days. However, for the last month, she has been completely miserable. She is passing very little (tablespoons of diarrhea a day) and is experiencing abdominal pain, cramping, and distension. Our first thought was a partial bowel obstruction, but an x-ray and CT scan ruled this out. No obstruction, so the hospital sent her home. They also thought, due to the cancer, that she had more fluid build-up in her abdomen, but when she went in for a procedure, there really wasn't any fluid to drain, so she was sent home. She's scheduled for a colonoscopy next week to see if that reveals anything else. I should add, just for background information, that she's 68 years old, eats very well, and has stayed very active throughout the past two years (she's my hero...the toughest 100-pound woman in the world!).
Lately, she was told to try a "low residue" diet, I think to prevent so much build-up in her system when she can't effectively pass it. She's also been advised to take laxatives on a regular basis. Still, she is very uncomfortable and, now, reluctant to leave the house because her bowels are so unpredictable and she has little control, which is extremely embarrassing to her. I know she's reaching out to her doctors, and I just wanted to reach out to all of you on her behalf. Has anyone else experienced this? Has anyone found something that brought them relief/comfort? I just hate the thought that she has to live like this. I want every day she has to be the best, most comfortable, most fulfilling it can be.
Thank you so much for any thoughts/resources/guidance you have.