Past three months have been...shall we and interesting...and would like advice/opinions.

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Corbie Mitleid
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   Posted 12/11/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, all.  New here.  Please excuse if some of what I ask is repetitive/silly/crazy/other.
Life kinda fell apart starting September 1.  In order over the past three months:  dearest pet (17 year old Maine Coon who got me through divorce, remarriage and a double mastectomy) had to be put to sleep...husband diagnosed with pancreatic lesion...12 year old dog had to be put to sleep...deer crashed into my new car doing $9K worth of damage...same car got rear-ended on the Mass Pike coming back from one of my husband's pre-op for my husband 12/29 and my business (psychic medium reading coast to coast and into Canada) starts up again in full roar the day after New Year's, necessitating me leaving my husband in the hospital in Boston for a week only three days after his surgery (god bless my brother-the-doctor and his family, who are also Boston based and will take over for me until I can get back).  We live in upstate NY so Boston's a 200 mile trip.  And oh yes, the three family pets we have left will have to be boarded for two weeks.
No, I am not whining.  What happens, happens.  There are lessons and gifts.  But that at least gives you background.
Since September my gut has been kicking up big time.  I have never been diagnosed with IBS or anything like that, and had no problems premenopause, though it's slowed down considerably since menopause hit.  No blood in the stools, etc.
NO I have not had a colonoscopy, upper or lower GI, endoscopy.  They utterly terrify me.  The first I might get through, and am working on that.  The last three, forget it.
If my pain (a touch under the left ribs, like a pinch, often RIGHT after I swallow something and short-duration pain a couple of inches to the left of my navel infrequently; mild gas) has all kicked up since September, it has GOT to be stress induced.  When I get anxious, I feel them.  A couple of times when I have been happy and relaxed at a meal or with friends, no pain, so I can't see any other possibility.  I'm 4+ years out from the breast cancer diagnosis, which was contained with the double mast.  No chemo, no radiation, tamoxifen 2004 through this coming August.
Currently I'm using Colonix for a bulking agent, and taking digestive enzymes with meals and probiotics.  But I would love anyone's *kind and thoughtful* opinions on this -- please, no flaming, no screaming.  Not that I see that on the board here -- but other places it happens.  At this point everyone in my family is concentrating on my husband's pancreatic lesion and surgery, and there's no room for me or my complaints, so I have been dealing with this all alone.
Thanks for any help.

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   Posted 12/13/2008 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Corbie - I promise not to flame at you or scream (much). But several things jumped right out at me in your post: You are a cancer survivor AND have gone thru menopause.

Age 50 is a baseline age for colonoscopies, w/o a history of cancer. You have a cancer history! Not that I'm saying you have any colorectal cancer concerns but wouldn't you want to RULE that out? I guess I would.....

I am very surprised your doctor has not just booked a colonoscopy for you! Even if you protested.

That said, all the horrid tales you've heard about colonoscopies 99.9% have to do with the bowel prep patients take the day before the procedure. These bowel preps clean you out and you will have D, with mild cramping. But again, your entire colon has to be cleaned out so that's why these powerful bowel preps are not fun to go thru. And precisely why you hear people complain about them (people who have not had a colonoscopy assume vets are talking about the actual procedure!).

I thought they meant the actual test. Until someone sat me down and said - oh no, the actual procedure is NOTHING to worry about! You are sedated. You will feel nothing more than a needle stick, for the IV.

Trust me, I've had 9 colonoscopies.

All of this said, you and your family is going thru a very tough time right now. I have a beloved pet too and when we lose them, they are a member of the family. Your husband is ill and he needs your attention right now. But meanwhile your gut is wreaking havoc too.

If I were in your shoes, I would eat plain, light foods right now, force yourself to take deep breaths and take care of only what needs to be done right now. And when your schedule permits and things calm down, please, oh please schedule a colonoscopy. You will not be sorry you did! If for nothing else, peace of mind.

I do wish you well and only trying to help.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!

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   Posted 12/13/2008 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree, Marsky, with your recommendations. I have to add the endoscopy is even easier than the colonoscopy and with those done you don't really need anything else unless they want to do a CT scan which is so easy. My friends that were diagnosed with any kind of cancer were scheduled first thing for a colonscopy.

You problems seem to coicide with the stress in your life. Has anyone suggested any medication for the stress? Doctors sometimes use antidepressants for stomach problems quite successfully even though the person is not depressed. You have really been thru it and probably got your stomach topsy turvy. Or possibly an anti anxiety drug just to see if it might help. You could also try something like Peppermint which tends to relax and calm the stomach. Either the tea or the capsules. hopefully, everything with your husband will be fine and by the end of January your problems will be over and your stomach back to normal.

Corbie Mitleid
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/13/2008 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, all -- Canyonbabe, doing what I do for a living (intuitive counseling, mediumship, etc.) means I cannot take ANY psychotropic drugs -- ANYTHING that alters brain chemistry could destroy my abilities. I can't take that chance.
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