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Radiation woes? Radiation woes?

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Unread 01-18-2004, 10:57 AM
Radiation woes?

It has been awhile since my last post. In generaly things have been pretty good. However I have been having some symptoms that I am wondering if anyone else has had the pleasure
I finished with 28 external and three internal radiation reatments about November 15th. Since then I have has some bladder problems that seemed to be treated wel with pyridium. However whenever I stop the medication the symptoms return, but not as strong.
My biggest problem seems to be gas. Some stomach, but nostly intestinal. Many times I think I have to have a bowel movement but it is only gas. Other times both. I do go more frequently than before Radiation, but not uncomfortablely so. It is the gas that is so bothersome. I have tried most of the OVC remedies but it always comes back.
Is this to be expected? If so how long is too long?
Suggesstions please. I am becoming afraid to go out since I am so noisy.
Thanks, Jean
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Unread 01-18-2004, 11:08 AM
Radiation woes?

Hi Jean,

I finished with my radiation treatments in June 2003. I did not have the bladder problems. But my bowels really have given quite a bit of trouble. It has settled down somewhat in the last month or so.

Did you eat a low residue diet while getting radiation? I had to due to terrible runs. I had to stay on the low residue diet for some time after finishing radiation. Maybe cutting back on certain gassy foods would help until your bowels have had a little more time to heal.

I do think it will get better. Just give it a little more time. Have you talked to you Radiation Oncologist about this problem? Mine was very helpful about any and all problems related to the radiaition.

Good luck
Unread 01-18-2004, 03:48 PM
Radiation woes?

Thanks Sharon for your information. I know I am impatient to get on with my life and am sick of eating such a restricted diet. I have yet to eat salad. I did just once soon after treatments were over and was an unhappy camper. I am fine in the morning before eating anything and do fine with things like oatmeal. Any change seems to cause problems. Peanut butter seems to be a real no no. Any ideas on that?
I am now in FLorida and my Rad/ onc is in upstate NY. but I wil call if things do not improve. Did you DR. have any suggestions to make things better?
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Unread 01-18-2004, 03:57 PM
Radiation woes?

Hi Jean,

No my Rad/Onc pretty much just said go with the low-residue diet. During much of the treatment all I could eat was white rice, white bread, and canned green beans.

Have you tried any of the over-the- counter gas meds like Maalox anti-gas. I used those sometimes.

I wish I could be of more help. I think you are just going to have to be patient.

Take care and Good luck,

Unread 01-18-2004, 06:33 PM
Noisy Walker

Oh Jean, I have to grin just a teeny bit here

I have considered getting a dog to take every where with me. Then when that "noise" and "odor" happen I can look at the doggie and just sadly shake my head!!!

I can go walking through the house and it just absolutely sneaks up on me!

I had my last radiation treatment January 5 so I am almost two weeks. I didn't have any of this gassiness (is that a word?) until I started to gradually sneak in a few 'normal' foods to my bland diet.
I think it is just kinda like a shock to our intestines. They are having to learn all over again. Remember the little ones when we first gave them baby food??

I really have kept my fingers crossed (and perhaps I should keep my knees crossed too!!) because yesterday and today I have had steamed broccoli and bbq hotdogs.

Noisy? yes. Messy? not so far..........

nancy j

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