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Anal/rectal & bowel spasms/cramps in anal cancer

Colorectal Cancer | Last Active: Apr 15, 2023 | Replies (18)

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Thank you for sharing all this with me. It’s been a rough few months. I am having my first scan after treatment on March 6th. I will get the results on the 8th. It’s been very stressful having to wait these few months. I had Mitomycin and Xeloda plus the radiation for 6 weeks. Mitomycin only once at the beginning of treatment. I had radiation enteritis for 2 months and now I have fecal incontinence. I’m hoping that too will go away soon. Otherwise, I feel better than I have in a year. I hope this is a good sign. I am so nervous about getting the results. Not knowing what’s ahead for me.

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Fingers crossed that you pet scan brings good news! I just saw my new GI doctor yesterday and my chief complaint is terrible pain in my intestines before a bowel movement. He ordered an urgent colonoscopy. Sometimes it hurts so bad that I feel nauseous. Your comment about having radiation enteritis made me google it and it sounds exactly like what I have. The pain isn't in my rectum, but higher up in my intestinal tract. Luckily, I don't have diarrhea now (I did in the beginning.) I guess I'll know more after my colonoscopy. Another irritating problem is that I now have a very small amount of urine leakage that I never had before--even after having 3 babies vaginally. Just enough to have to buy Poise liners. I'm also having anal bleeding that won't let up. I've had 2 blood transfusions and I may need another soon. My red and white blood cell counts and my platelets are chronically low. I saw a hematologist a couple of weeks ago and he's probably going to do a bone marrow biopsy in a March. The fun never ends!