I've read some of the titles that seem similar to my symptoms, but nothing seemed to quite fit.
I've been having pain and discomfort in my lower right abdomen and colon area. There has been some feeling of pressure and some sharp pain as well as some dull and a few times prickly pain. It is increased when I have gas bubbles passing through that area. I'll get the pain and then alittle while later, I emit the gas bubble externally. The other times I get the pain is when I'm stressed, believe it or not. I've prodded around in that area and discovered that while I'm waiting for a bowel movement, a section of colon sticks out a bit there. I laid down and pulled in my tummy and it was larger on that side than the other. I haven't seen any blood or mucus in my stool. I have no family history of colon cancer. I did give birth almost a year ago. A few times I've had shooting pain in the vaginal lip on that side. I don't know if it's related or not. I had a PET/CT scan done on almost my entire body - with the exception of my knees, lower legs and feet. They did see a "lighting up" in my abdomen and said it was probably just a bowel movement, though sometimes that was linked to lesions that could be benign or malignant. The oncologist, holistic doctor, and gastroenterologist didn't seem fazed by it at all, though the holistic doctor said we could do a colonoscopy just to make sure. I got the feeling none of them thought it was anything. I've had three CEA tests come back within the normal range of 0-5, though they went up from 2.0 last April, to 4.6 in August, to 5.0 in October. So, I'm befuddled. I keep having intermittent sensations there - either pain or just weird feelings of pressure just before gas bubbles pass through. Could it have anything to do with giving birth? I was able, for a little while to push the bulge of the colon over and it seemed to sink down into a "proper" place. I'm wondering if this qualifies for a $2250 bill from the gastroenterologist (my deductible is 2500, unfortunately and Health Net is raising my monthly premium in March, 08 from $180 a month to $377 a month - I don't even know if a an OVER 100% increase like that is legal) One more thing I feel I need to mention is that a year and a half ago I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer while being pregnant. Is it possible for breast cancer to go to the colon?
Oh, also, I've tried several ways of trying to clear what might be a "blocked" area in my colon. None of them has helped the symptoms except maybe the colon that stuck out seems to do that less now. I tried doing enemas, mild colon cleansing herbs, prune juice, psyllium husk powder with lots of water, and aloe vera juice. Any more suggestions?
Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer and has the potential to spread to almost any region of the body, usually bones, liver and lungs.
Have you been examined for distant metastasis?
A rise in the CEA level indicates the need to search more fully for a recurrence of cancer, but can also be elevated in a number of benign conditions.
Do you have constipation?
Have you experienced sensation of strange smell?
Hi, Yes I've been checked for metastases with a PET/CT scan. There was nothing in bones, lungs, or liver. It showed something in the breasts and colon areas. I've had a breast MRI that showed nothing. I was scheduled for a colonoscopy, but I had to cancel it due to family illness. I will reschedule it if you think it is necessary. No, I haven't had constipation or experienced any strange smells that I can recall. Thanks for your interest and response.
Hi MandMs, I thought of some things I forgot to say. I generally have at least one bowel movement a day that is not hard to eliminate. Also, on the PET/CT scan report, the radiologist said he thought the abdominal results were likely just a bowel movement. The oncologist then dismissed it as that because I have no family history of colon cancer and the breast MRI came out fine. The holistic doctor didn't seem concerned because the CEA was still within the normal range and they consider 0-10 normal for smokers. Even the gastroenterologist didn't seem all that concerned either. I was surprised by this since I read online that having one type of cancer can increase the risk of getting a problem in the colon area. Is this only slightly increased over the average person who has no family history of colon issues? What do you think of the guaiac home tests? I also read about some genetic tests they do on the fecal matter. What do you think of that one? Is there another one besides the colonoscopy that you think would be good to do instead?