Same symptoms as pre surgery! HELP

dianetavegia
dianetavegia Member Posts: 1,942
edited March 2014 in Colorectal Cancer #1
I've been playing phone tag trying to set up a colonoscopy and in the last few days, have developed the same sort of symptoms as pre cancer surgery. Then, I see fresh blood after a bowel movement, in the toilet, not on the paper.

I have very bad hemorrhoids right now but am still very scared.

My stomach appears to be full of air and I have very painful gas that is difficult to pass. My abdomen rumbles soooooooo loudly.

My Stage III surgery was Jan. 7, 2009 and 18 inches of colon was removed (Sigmoid).

I'm so very scared. I left a message at the surgeon's office to see if they can rush the colonoscopy!
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  • kimby
    kimby Member Posts: 797
    Prayers
    Diane,

    I will be praying for you. I don't have any good answers, just know that this is most likely related to the hemmoroids. Hopefully your onc can rush the colonoscopy and releive your fears. Hang on dear friend.

    Outwit. Outplay. Outlast.

    Kimby
  • HollyID
    HollyID Member Posts: 946
    My prayers are with you too
    I hope the onc gets the colonoscopy done in a timely manner. I would hope so with signs of blood. Wishing you nothing but the best...
  • Jaylo969
    Jaylo969 Member Posts: 824
    Take a deep breath
    and then when calmed down call your onc and tell him/her what is happening and I'll bet that they can get you a rushed colonoscopy.

    I know you are scared. No need to lie and say I wouldn't be, because I would. But the chances are good that it is the hemorrhoids bleeding out.

    Hoping for the best for you.

    -Pat
  • just4Brooks
    just4Brooks Member Posts: 980
    I'd go to the ER
    Could be a blockage.. Diane, Dont mess around. Better to be safe then sorry

    Brooks
  • dianetavegia
    dianetavegia Member Posts: 1,942
    I had no blood or bleeding
    I had no blood or bleeding with my tumor, but had real indigestion type symptoms with loud, loud bowel sounds. FOB was negative. Actually, I had an obstruction because I'd used an anti diarrhea med and things got clogged up on the other side of the tumor.

    I left a message for the surgeon's nurse. He's a real 'go getter' and a lovely man. I felt he'd be the fastest acting guy....

    Please say a prayer for me.
  • zenmonk
    zenmonk Member Posts: 198

    I had no blood or bleeding
    I had no blood or bleeding with my tumor, but had real indigestion type symptoms with loud, loud bowel sounds. FOB was negative. Actually, I had an obstruction because I'd used an anti diarrhea med and things got clogged up on the other side of the tumor.

    I left a message for the surgeon's nurse. He's a real 'go getter' and a lovely man. I felt he'd be the fastest acting guy....

    Please say a prayer for me.

    praying for you right now.
    I am sure they will get you in quicker taking into consideration your symptoms.
  • lisa42
    lisa42 Member Posts: 3,625
    fears
    Hi Diane,

    I had bright red blood before my colonoscopy in October. The colonoscopy found that I no sign of cancer, and that I did have internal hemorhoids as well as an area of blood vessels close to the internal surface from radiation damage that was bleeding. So, the hemorhoids and anal fissures can definitely cause bleeding.
    I know that the worry and risk is there, however, so I'm not discounting your worries. Hopefully, for your own peace of mind, they will be able to do the colonoscopy sooner, and that all will show negative for cancer. Thinking of and praying for you, Diane.

    Lisa
  • dianetavegia
    dianetavegia Member Posts: 1,942
    The surgeon's nurse is going
    The surgeon's nurse is going to talk to him and call me back. He's off today but was coming in for an office meeting. She said it sounds like a bowel obstruction.

    Thank you for the prayers. I'll let you know what happens.

    Diane
  • idlehunters
    idlehunters Member Posts: 1,787
    lisa42 said:

    fears
    Hi Diane,

    I had bright red blood before my colonoscopy in October. The colonoscopy found that I no sign of cancer, and that I did have internal hemorhoids as well as an area of blood vessels close to the internal surface from radiation damage that was bleeding. So, the hemorhoids and anal fissures can definitely cause bleeding.
    I know that the worry and risk is there, however, so I'm not discounting your worries. Hopefully, for your own peace of mind, they will be able to do the colonoscopy sooner, and that all will show negative for cancer. Thinking of and praying for you, Diane.

    Lisa

    Hey Diane
    Just said a prayer for you! I am leaning towards the bleeding being from the hemorhoids too. Or like Lisa said...anal fissures. I just went thru that same thing last month and thats what mine was. I freaked tho and went to the ER. I was too scared to wait but it was beginning of the week-end and I could not get in for an appt. until that Monday afternoon. No way was I waiting!!! You take care and let us know as soon as you can.

    Huggs!! Jennie
  • thready
    thready Member Posts: 474

    The surgeon's nurse is going
    The surgeon's nurse is going to talk to him and call me back. He's off today but was coming in for an office meeting. She said it sounds like a bowel obstruction.

    Thank you for the prayers. I'll let you know what happens.

    Diane

    Praying
    Diane,
    Will keep prayers going for you. I'm glad you jumped on it and hopefully you can get checked out soon!
    Take care,
    Jan
  • sfmarie
    sfmarie Member Posts: 602

    The surgeon's nurse is going
    The surgeon's nurse is going to talk to him and call me back. He's off today but was coming in for an office meeting. She said it sounds like a bowel obstruction.

    Thank you for the prayers. I'll let you know what happens.

    Diane

    Oh Diane
    I am praying for you! I do hope it is not a bowel obstruction! You are doing the right thing calling the surgeon. All my prayers and good thoughts are with you.
  • just4Brooks
    just4Brooks Member Posts: 980

    The surgeon's nurse is going
    The surgeon's nurse is going to talk to him and call me back. He's off today but was coming in for an office meeting. She said it sounds like a bowel obstruction.

    Thank you for the prayers. I'll let you know what happens.

    Diane

    bowel obstruction
    I knew it!! I wish you'd just go in to the ER. Now you have me worried!!!
  • lcarper2
    lcarper2 Member Posts: 635

    bowel obstruction
    I knew it!! I wish you'd just go in to the ER. Now you have me worried!!!

    obstruction
    I aggree with just4brooks I wish you would go to the ER don't wait and don't take any chances...am praying now...
  • lisa42
    lisa42 Member Posts: 3,625
    lcarper2 said:

    obstruction
    I aggree with just4brooks I wish you would go to the ER don't wait and don't take any chances...am praying now...

    ER and bowel prep
    Diane,

    If you aren't able to get the colonoscopy moved up to tomorrow or Friday at the very latest, I believe I'd also go into ER tonight or tomorrow. I'm wondering though, if you were to go into ER, would they make you go through any bowel prep first... does anyone else have experience with this? I'm just wondering if, without the bowel prep, if they'd be able to see on the ultrasound or CT if there is a blockage or not. Would a full colon interfere with what they could see/do for you in ER? Maybe there's a way they can speed up the prep and do a bowel evacuation, suction, or something like that.
    Even if this is the case, if the pain persists and you can't get in for the colonoscopy, I don't think I'd wait. Just wondering if you should start any bowel prep prior to going in. Hopefully someone else with experience going in to ER for a blockage/possible blockage can shed some light on this.

    Take care- still praying-

    Lisa
  • karguy
    karguy Member Posts: 1,020
    I don't
    I don't think you should wait,I agree and think you should go in to the ER and get checked.It's probably the hemorrhoids,but why take any chances.Get it checked.I'll be praying for you.
  • dianetavegia
    dianetavegia Member Posts: 1,942
    Surgeon sent me
    Well, I went in and everyone was sure it was an obstruction but all x-rays showed no problems. He said bowel looked perfectly normal. I'd not had any solid foods for over 24 hours... He did say the tests wouldn't take the place of a colonoscopy and it might be diverticulosis. He really thinks it's my diet and the huge amounts of greens I've been eating and the hemorrhoids. He was not all concern with the spot of blood. Said to use otc for the roids. The pain in my side could be from straining or lifting a large box of Hispanic Bibles and carrying them to the car for the free medical clinic.

    The gal who did my x-rays has ulcerative colitis and her husband had cc 6 years ago that had grown thru the wall and entwined itself around his nodes. He's cured but did have a new polyp removed that could have become cancer later.

    Also the gal said a gastro who comes to my tiny town is excellent and doesn't have huge waiting periods, Going to call him to schedule a visit and colonoscopy (first since surgery)

    Thanks guys.
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,044 Member
    Praying
    Diane,

    I know how anything that feels like pre-diagnosis can scare a cancer patient. I hope you will be thoroughly checked and declared to be NED. I'm praying for you!

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • thready
    thready Member Posts: 474

    Surgeon sent me
    Well, I went in and everyone was sure it was an obstruction but all x-rays showed no problems. He said bowel looked perfectly normal. I'd not had any solid foods for over 24 hours... He did say the tests wouldn't take the place of a colonoscopy and it might be diverticulosis. He really thinks it's my diet and the huge amounts of greens I've been eating and the hemorrhoids. He was not all concern with the spot of blood. Said to use otc for the roids. The pain in my side could be from straining or lifting a large box of Hispanic Bibles and carrying them to the car for the free medical clinic.

    The gal who did my x-rays has ulcerative colitis and her husband had cc 6 years ago that had grown thru the wall and entwined itself around his nodes. He's cured but did have a new polyp removed that could have become cancer later.

    Also the gal said a gastro who comes to my tiny town is excellent and doesn't have huge waiting periods, Going to call him to schedule a visit and colonoscopy (first since surgery)

    Thanks guys.

    This was scary
    Diane,
    This was a bit scary, but soooooo glad you were on top of it! Let us know when colonoscopy is scheduled!
    Take care,
    jan
  • lisa42
    lisa42 Member Posts: 3,625

    Surgeon sent me
    Well, I went in and everyone was sure it was an obstruction but all x-rays showed no problems. He said bowel looked perfectly normal. I'd not had any solid foods for over 24 hours... He did say the tests wouldn't take the place of a colonoscopy and it might be diverticulosis. He really thinks it's my diet and the huge amounts of greens I've been eating and the hemorrhoids. He was not all concern with the spot of blood. Said to use otc for the roids. The pain in my side could be from straining or lifting a large box of Hispanic Bibles and carrying them to the car for the free medical clinic.

    The gal who did my x-rays has ulcerative colitis and her husband had cc 6 years ago that had grown thru the wall and entwined itself around his nodes. He's cured but did have a new polyp removed that could have become cancer later.

    Also the gal said a gastro who comes to my tiny town is excellent and doesn't have huge waiting periods, Going to call him to schedule a visit and colonoscopy (first since surgery)

    Thanks guys.

    glad you went in
    Diane,

    I'm glad you got in and that you don't have a blockage after all! I'm sure you are breathing many sighs of relief and prayers of thanks today.
    I feel such relief for you, too!
    Hope you can get the colonoscopy scheduled soon, but it sounds like all is well.
    Maybe you need to temporarily cut back on the large number of greens and/or even try taking some Beano. Also, there are probiotics that are specifically geared at cutting down gas production in the bowel. They sell them at Walmart in the supplement area.

    Have a good day & hugs to you,
    Lisa
  • AnneCan
    AnneCan Member Posts: 3,673

    Surgeon sent me
    Well, I went in and everyone was sure it was an obstruction but all x-rays showed no problems. He said bowel looked perfectly normal. I'd not had any solid foods for over 24 hours... He did say the tests wouldn't take the place of a colonoscopy and it might be diverticulosis. He really thinks it's my diet and the huge amounts of greens I've been eating and the hemorrhoids. He was not all concern with the spot of blood. Said to use otc for the roids. The pain in my side could be from straining or lifting a large box of Hispanic Bibles and carrying them to the car for the free medical clinic.

    The gal who did my x-rays has ulcerative colitis and her husband had cc 6 years ago that had grown thru the wall and entwined itself around his nodes. He's cured but did have a new polyp removed that could have become cancer later.

    Also the gal said a gastro who comes to my tiny town is excellent and doesn't have huge waiting periods, Going to call him to schedule a visit and colonoscopy (first since surgery)

    Thanks guys.

    Diane,
    I am glad you were

    Diane,

    I am glad you were seen + it was not an obstruction, you must be relieved.

    Take good care!