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Unread 03-06-2004, 10:49 PM
Need info about post-surgery problems

It has been almost a year and a half since I had a TAH for cervical cancer 1A1. I am having lots of problems with my digestive system and wanted to see if anybody had any ideas of what to proceed with in terms of therapies, especially alternative therapies. I am currently going to an accupuncturist and a body worker which helps temporarily. A year after the surgery I was having lower intestinal cramps that were making me come close to passing out. Now I have terrible acid reflux and sometime throw up. My abdomen is tender and bloated. I used to have decent muscle tone but now I my stomach feels sore and weak. Does that kind of surgery affect your muscles this much later? It seems I am doing everything better since I found out I had cancer. I gained 40 pounds which I need, eat better, don't smoke or drink, have a much less stressful life, but I just don't feel very energetic or healthy. Sometimes I feel like soemthing else is wrong. I worry about ovarian cancer or colon cancer all the time. It is like I am becoming a hypochondriac, but something doesn't feel right. I have been to the doctor and have been prescribed anti-acids and a sigmoidoscopy. At this point I don't have much trust in doctors.

I just wondering if women are experiencing these kinds of symptoms so long after surgery and if there is anything I can do about them. It is affecting my quality of life. You know that after you go through cancer you want to live life as much as you can.
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Unread 03-07-2004, 10:36 AM
Need info about post-surgery problems

Hi Electriclaudia,

:Hug: Sorry you are dealing with these problems right now. I didn't experience those things but I did have other issues (turns out they were due to me having MS, not the surgery ). I went over to The Road Less Traveled board here at HS and found some helpful advice and insights.

I know what you mean about Cancerhead though, I was worried for a long time after my surgery. Did you go get your sigmoidoscopy yet? It may help to set your mind at ease, if nothing else. Sorry I can't be of more help and good luck to you!

Unread 03-07-2004, 10:47 AM
Need info about post-surgery problems

Hi Claudia,
I know what you mean about the digestive upsets. My digestion has not been the same since surgery and chemo. There are certain foods I can no longer tolerate, especially anything hot and spicy, which I loved and miss.

I too see an acupuncturist. She has me on a diet and supplements that have helped quite a bit. Basically, I have cut out dairy, wheat, sugar products and anything that has hydrogenated oils. I eat a lot of soup since it is easy to digest. (One of the other members, SirenSong, has written extensively about diet too, so if you do a search on her name it will bring up her posts). As boring as the diet is, I find if I stray too far off it, which I do from time to time, I get terrible indigestion.

I think it is a good idea that you are having further testing for the abdominal cramping. Maybe it is time to get a second opinion? I do still have some abdominal tenderness, especially if I sit for long periods of time, or even do certain exercises. I was doing situps the other day and it made me so nauseated I had to stop. My doctors assure me nothing is wrong, that it is probably adhesions from surgery.

I do get acupuncture every couple of weeks, and the abdomen is always needled. I often use one of those warm pads you throw in the microwave on the lower abdomen as well and find it helps. What kind of massage are you having? Have you tried cranio-sacral?

I noticed you are in Oakland. I lived in San Francisco up until two years ago. I have many contacts in the Bay Area who practice various forms of alternative medicine. Feel free to send me a PM if you would like references.
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Unread 03-08-2004, 06:29 AM
Need info about post-surgery problems

Dear Electriclaudia,

Sorry to hear about your symptoms--getting that sigmoidoscopy done should hopefully relieve your worries. Second opinions can also help, from a gyn/onc or whatever.

I'm four years post op for endometrial cancer stage 1b, and my stomach muscles are still not the same. Better, since I started exercising and working out about a year ago, but I still have a silly overhang and I figure that if it's the price I have to pay for being cancer-free, I'll pay it. I've heard some women say that they never lose it totally, even after lifting weights, etc.

Do you have a yearly physical? Some of the symptoms you mention could have nothing at all to do with having had cancer, and your general physician might be able to get to the root of them.

I don't know what else to tell you, but I do hope and pray that you'll soon feel better!


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