Oct 14, 2013 - 8:14 pm
Hey, guys. A tiny bit of background. I'm a 26 year old female who had stage 3 colon cancer found mid-January this year. I had a partial colectomy and have 40% of my colon left and hooked up normally (no ileostomy or bag). I was on FOLFOX and completed 10 of the 12 treatments, albeit not always on schedule. The last treatment was completed the first week of August. I should also mention I have Lynch Syndrome and have had IBS for as long as I can remember.
My bowels were functioning alright after the chemo ended, although for a few weeks I felt I had overrun of candida and took some herbal supplements for that, as well as drinking kefir, which fixed the problem. I had be experiencing diarrhea, piecy stools, and undigested food and yellow bile colors.
Now my bowels are being weird again for the most part. It doesn't seem 100% like it was when I had the candida. I have diarrhea fairly often, I have at least 5 BMs a day, and it's always got undigested food in it. But I also experience the feeling of needing to poop and nothing comes out. It's also been yellow cloudy, almost like how miso soup looks? I can't see the stool in the bottom of the toilet through all of the cloudiness. I'm trying to also take oregano leaf extract because I heard it helps with digestive issues. But if I eat pho or salads, I see lots of leaves and ingredients in the toilet. It's like I'm actually pooping the food back out. Which leads me to feel like my body is obviously not absorbing nutrition properly. I often feel tired, especially by 1-2 p.m. (I do work full time, albeit an office job), and lately I've been taking B12 sublingualy to help with that, which I think it does a bit.
I just keep telling myself I'm only 9 months post-surgery and 2 months post-chemo treatments, but I still get worried. It's almost like I've convinced myself that diahrrea isn't even natural, that having a stomach ache is wrong. Every twinge and every stopped-up feeling makes me just think "recurrence," which I know is pretty illogical. I can't help it though and it's making me anxious. My post-chemo scans were clear and I have my 3 month follow-up scans next week.
I just want to know how normal this is, or is it something to worry about? Thank you so much for reading and for any responses.