Nov 13, 2013 - 12:39 pm
Hi. Im new here. I'm 41 years old. I had global radiation for Hodgkins in 1989 when I was just 16. Then in 2009 had a double mastectomy for breast cancer. I am having more and more effects from the radiation and my docs don't seem to have a firm understanding of the long term effects of radiation. It started with the severe constipation that's been going on for many years, and I had surgery for a bowel obstruction last year. I'm on 4 prescriptions just to keep my bowels moving, though they're still sluggish. Now I'm having changes in my bones and I'm scheduled for an echo and stress test for my heart next week. I have been an ICU nurse for 15 years and am very in tune with my body. I also eat well, exercise, don't drink or smoke, yet feel as if my body is falling apart. Before seeing some posts here, I thought I was going nuts; that no one else understood the frustration. I welcome any insight or suggestions. It feels lonely, since even the medical field seems limited in it's understanding.