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Unread 11-24-2001, 04:25 PM
bowel problems from radiation

I started radiation on 11-12 and my Dr. told me the side effects
could be fatigue and diarrhea and of course the burning dry skin. He said this could all start around the 3rd week. I started with very loose bowels on the 5th day and asked him if it was possible to be having this as a side effect already and he said no it's to early. Well i've been having this problem for 9 days now, I get my treatments at 1:30p.m. and by 5p.m i can't stay out of the bathroom, also found that after i eat, I have about 2 hours before it starts.

I had an appt. with my pcp and she said she thinks it's very possible that it's the radiation. Has anyone else had this problem this early in the treatments????? I will be talking to my radiologist again on Monday, I can't keep going like this (excuse the pun) , I'm so sore!!!!! :cry:

I've tried Pepto and Kaopectate......any other suggestions besides a cork?????
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Unread 11-24-2001, 09:19 PM
bowel problems from radiation

Hi Robin!

I've had 7 treatments so far, and have already experienced fatigue, nausea, and diarrhea. I was told 2-3 weeks before experiencing any real symptoms, but it has hit me sooner. I spoke with my doctor and several nurses, and the fact is that everyone is different, and everyone reacts differently. I don't suffer from the fatigue so much any more, but nausea and diarrhea are frequent, and seem to be more severe after eating certain foods. So I would just say to keep track of what is easier for you to eat. Have you seen a nutritionist yet? They can give you a lot of suggestions and ideas of what to eat and not to eat that will be the easiest on your system.

As for the diarrhea, Immodium AD rocks! That stuff really works. You can get Immodium Advanced, which also controls gas, but even if you don't have gas, you may prefer the Advanced because it's chewable. Make sure you take it with water (like the directions say) because the more water you drink with it, the faster it works! Then, once you feel better, my nutritionist advised eating a banana to replace your potasium.

Hope this helps! Let me know what the doctor says, and hang in there. I'm right there with you!

Unread 11-25-2001, 01:23 AM
bowel problems from radiation

Oh Robin , you poor thing. I didnt have diahrrea as severely as you do. My bowels alternated between constipation and diahrrea. I was also severly burnt which didnt make it too comfortable. I feel so sorry for you. Hang in there though it will be over soon and it does get better. It is best to discuss taking anything or using any creams with your radiologist as some things can react with the treatment. I was allowed to use anusol wipes and I was also given suppositories for pain. OUCH !

I did a search for you and this thread does mention this problem :

It is a good suggestion to see a nutritionist , I did and I learned what not to eat.

Hugs to you Robin , it is tough going through this, but there is light at the end , I promise. Please remember that we are here for you, I used to come here daily when I was going through my treatments and sometimes all I did was cry. Keeping you in a special place in my heart as you go through treatment. Much love always x x x
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Unread 11-25-2001, 06:12 AM
bowel problems from radiation

Hi Robin,
I am sorry to hear of your ordeal. I had radiation, but I did not suffer from loose bowels. I had extreme burning from both ends, everyone is different, what I can tell you is, my side effects did begin rather soon as well. I always ate foods that were binding, if I did not i would have to run to the bathroom, but it was not constant. Robyn and I were having our treatments around the same time, and as she said, although it does not seem it at times, but there IS and end to all of this. You will feel better and the side effects DO go away. Please feel free to email me if you have any other questions.

Unread 11-25-2001, 07:42 AM
bowel problems from radiation

Hi Sisters ! Thank you all for your replys and caring thoughts.

Steph, Thanks for the Immodium and banana ideas, i'll ask my Dr. tomorrow about using that. I had read about the potasium lose but i'm not wild about banana's but think I better eat a few anyway! I think when I first told my Dr. about the loose bowels, he was thinking I had a flu bug, I'm sure when I tell him about 9 days of this, he will do something to help! We will get thru this
and I plan on keeping a smile on my face !!!
this is me going you know where !!)

Robyn, Bless you for sending that thread ! I have identical symptons to some that were described on that thread. Makes me feel better just knowing that it's the radiation and not some other kind of problem !

Valentina, What a pretty name ! Thanks for you words of encouragement ! I've been eating rice and cheese to bind but no luck.

This has been a rough couple of months, first the surgery, then the incision opened up, while I was having that packed twice a day, my father developed heart trouble and went into emergency, thankfully he's doing good. Now that I'm into radiation, my mother went to her Dr. and was put into the hospital for heart trouble, they found a blood clot in her heart and they are disolving it with medication. And to top it off my hot water heater blew yesterday (that seems like a nothing problem now adays!)
but the shower was mighty cold!! I'm not letting this get me down, I have alot to be thankful for.......parents are doing good despite the problems and my cancer was caught early and my hot water tank is being fixed as I type!! Now if I could get rid of this sore butt I'd be doing real good !!!!

Thank you again, your post's really helped!

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