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Unread 02-15-2003, 12:40 PM
constant worrying over every little thing

It seems that every little thing that I get has me worried that My Cancer may have jumped before they removed it to whatever area that is bothering me. I have been given antiobiotics twice since my surgery in November. Less than a week after I took antiobiotics for a constant fever. I just finished another course of antiobiotics a week ago for a bladder infection. I went back to have a urinalysis to make sure it was gone on Thursday and it came back negative, but I am still having incontinence problems. I can't cough or sneeze without causing leakage. I wear pantyliners just in case some urine escapes, and it always does. I asked the nurse to check with the Dr. to see if there is something he can give me to help or refer me to a Urologist, waiting for answer on that. I also have been referred to an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist for the ringing in my ears that has been going on for at least a month now. My GP treated me with some decongestant/cough suppresant and a nasal spray. I am still taking the nasal spray per his instructions. I cough up clear mucus daily. My appointment isn't until March 10 for ENT Dr. So the chronic cough sure doesn't help the bladder problem I am experiencing. I hope the ENT Dr. will order a chest x-ray since I am worried there is a problem with Cancer or something. I have never had allergies so I don't think it is that. Since my cervical cancer was only at stage 1a no further tests were done, maybe why I am worried about other problems being cancer. I know I am not supposed to be stressing,as it can make an ideal envir. for cancers to grow, but it is hard.
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Unread 02-15-2003, 01:36 PM
constant worrying over every little thing

OHM!! I know exactly what you mean.....any little ache or pain has me thinking/worrying....is it ca again....oh, no has it spread....These are little things that before the dx I wouldn't have given a second thought to, but now everything seems like everything has potential to be ca again. When I am think sanely I realize I dont' have ca again, but the mind is a funny thing and can really go into overdrive. I read on a website that people that have just gotten over a serious surgery/disease can have symptoms closely related to Post Traumatic Stress syndrome. My gyn suggested I see a counselor to help to vent these feelings.
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Unread 02-15-2003, 01:45 PM
constant worrying over every little thing

Hi Peaches,
Whenever I have a new pain or sensation my first thought is cancer , but there are a thousandsless serious things that can go wrong with us. Hpefully as time passes we will worry less. I had my surgery in Aug and had the similar bladder problems until Oct. I had two infections and had to wear a pad during the day and "Depends" at night, but I am fine now, except for an occasionak sneeze leak. I would say that ifyou have any pain or problem that doesn't go away tell your Doctor.
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Unread 02-15-2003, 03:50 PM
constant worrying over every little thing

s Peaches

I think most of us suffer from what you have described to some degree.
That is just life after a cancer diagnosis. Hopefully your fears will lessen as you move further away from your surgery.
I do have my own way of coping. I have made a compartment called ovarian cancer. And it is a part of me. But it will never be me!!! I do open that compartment everyday and live with that reality. Mainly because I am always searching for new information. But the largest part of my day is filled with just continuing to live my life. Works for me.

karenann
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Unread 02-15-2003, 05:44 PM
Hi Peaches--Understand Your Feelings

I still go through that--this fleeting abdominal pain, is it the cancer breaking through again?--but it is getting better finally after nearly two years. One thing we need to remember--NOT EVERYTHING IS CANCER. Before cancer, it was "that darn nerve acting up again" and now it's "something's pushing on the nerve, a cancer growth" until I remind myself we still get all the ordinary stuff that we used to get and that people who never have had cancer have--only to us now it takes on a new proportion. Big
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Unread 02-15-2003, 08:49 PM
constant worrying over every little thing

Hi, Peaches!
I had to show this post to my DH and point and say, "See, it is not just me that worries!" He knows it is "normal" but I have turned into quite the worrier!! I was before the cancer, and now even more so! I find it is worse at night than at any other time. I keep so busy during the days that I TRY not to think about it, but....I just had a good check up a few weeks ago with my oncologist and on the way home started fretting about what if he didnt see something and it was really still there, lurking! I know all I can do is take good care of myself and continue to pray that I will continue on the road to a full recovery! I will continue praying that all of us on this board will be able to put this behind us more each day!
Rhonda
Radical hysterectomy June 4,2002 for cervical cancer, 1b
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Unread 02-15-2003, 09:11 PM
constant worrying over every little thing

's to you Peaches...

I know exactly how you feel. The leakage is something I have also. It gets better as time goes by, I forgot all about it, until I had another surgery and now it is back on a daily basis again...

Hopefully there will be a time when we won't be constantly thinking about the cancer. I know I was at a point where I wasn't thinking of it constantly, hopefully you can get there also.

Don't let it get you down! Have faith in your Dr., and your checkups, and live for the day!!
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Unread 02-15-2003, 09:42 PM
constant worrying over every little thing

My surgery was over a year ago and I still worry. When I got to my 1 year anniversary, I began having panic symptoms and nausea and saw more doctors and had more tests over tha coarse of a month than I had had in my entire life. (and I'm still not convinced that all is OK) The cancer made me feel very mortal and vulnerable. What you are feeling is normal.

Congratulations on getting the cancer early!!
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Unread 02-15-2003, 10:17 PM
constant worrying over every little thing

{{Peaches}}

Its hard to imagine that that fear does lessen "a bit" over time. Hard to believe but it really does. I don't think it ever goes completely away which CAN be a good thing as well as worrisome. Its not a bad thing to now be aware of what doesn't feel "right" and what does in your body, we're ALL our own best tracker of whats happening to us eh?

I hope the bladder problems soon clear up for you, I still to this day have problems from time to time. Kegel exercises help quite a bit to work those muscles to help the leaking. (reminder to self here, hint hint )

Hang in there gal and I hope you feel better soon.

{{Hugs}}

Vicki
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Unread 02-16-2003, 05:52 AM
constant worrying over every little thing

Peaches,

So many of us can relate to your feelings of vulnerability. Take comfort that noone is watched more closely than a cancer survivor. I can really relate to your fear. I have already been diagnosed with colon and breast cancer. Both successfully treated.....but every little pain or pimple can cause concern. A recent ovarian cyst brought me to a gyn/onc/sur, who recommended surgery (total hyst)...more for prevention. You will find that medicine will be much more proactive with you.

Keep busy and continue to find avenues for venting your fears. Somehow, when it is put in writing or in words, the fears are out of your heart and on paper. And for those sleepless nights? There is hystersisters!

Good luck!
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