• How about we all give the symptoms that triggered us to see a doctor?

    Asked by Carol-Charlie on Sunday, August 5, 2012

    How about we all give the symptoms that triggered us to see a doctor?

    The only symptom I saw a doctor on was Lower Back Pain. I ignored looking like I was 9 months pregnant... I was 62 and getting old... Old = fat... (Maybe not)... Gas... What did I eat now... oh my the things I ignored. My back surgeon spotted the cancer.... Thank God!

    74 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I had no symptoms that I was aware of. My cancer was first suspected on a routine mammogram that showed new calcifications and inflammatory breast cancer was confirmed by biopsy.

      over 9 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      1st time, no symptoms that I saw, allthough I had 3 lumps in my neck that I didn'tknow about
      2nd time, had another lump in neck, but it was very small, dr. found it during a checkup
      3rd time, another spot in neck, behind ear. This one I found, very small again.
      I had no other noticeable symptoms.

      over 9 years ago
    • RuthAnne's Avatar

      Groin pain while running. I thought I had pulled something. My sports doctor found the metastasis. Ugh.

      over 9 years ago
    • lucifee83's Avatar

      He was having difficulty walking, and went to use the bathroom. He was unable to get back up, and my son-in-law found him there 8 hours later. When they were finally able to get him out of the bathroom, he was disoriented. Prior to this, he had been told he had compression fractures in his back, and a month prior to that had broken his right arm.

      over 9 years ago
    • Bellamore's Avatar

      Fatigue. I just wasn't feeling "right". So I actually went to a new doctor. A nautrapath (sp?). He did a full set of labs and found something in my calcium count that made him send me to med doctor for a scan, biopsy and ultrasound.

      I had a mass in my liver that turned out to be Cholangiocarcinoma Stage 4. The tumor was at least 15 years old

      over 9 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      For dad's first lung cancer, he had some shortness of breath that caused him to see his doctor, who ordered a chest x-ray. Then he went to a pulmonologist who quickly moved forward from there. They did a good job moving fast. For the pancreatic cancer, there really were no noticed symptoms. He was following up for his lung cancer to make sure there was no recurrence, when a tumor was spotted in his liver. At that point, it had already spread from the pancreas and bile ducts.

      over 9 years ago
    • shineon6's Avatar

      I had no symptoms . A kidney stone CT Scan found the tumor very early. I was blessed!

      over 9 years ago
    • CaptainBob's Avatar

      I got sick on Christmas eve 2010. Thought I had a cold , you know, heavy phlegm in my chest congestion in my sinuses and all the rest. Went to PCP and was prescribed an antibiotic. That didn't work and after a week I was back and they tried a different antibiotic and again the next week and again the week after that. The PCP gave up and sent me to a respiratory specialist who insisted upon me having a chest xray first. I guess he saw nodules in my lungs which alarmed him and when I arrived at his office he offered "good news and bad news" First he said the good news was that I didn't have a respiratory infection but the bad news was I needed a CAT scan and an ultrasound to determine what I did have. We did those tests immediately. Before I even left the hospital where the tests were done we got a call to have us return to the specialist office. He told us at that time he thought it was cancer and insisted that we schedule for the next day to get a biopsy to confirm. Of course we got that confirmation and within three days I was in intense chemo treatment . That was Feb 3 I think the speed with which the doctors worked saved my life.

      over 9 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I had a large dark mole on my back that had been there for as long as I can remember (dime size). Had seen a couple of Dr.s about it over the years (I think 5 times--always had it checked when there for anything) who all told me it was nothing to worry about. About a year ago, it started to grow outwards. No pain, no bother, but because of where it was, it would rub on my shirt (anytime I was sitting) and became rough and sometimes weep (like a cut in a place that is constantly brushed or abraided). Went to the dermo to have it removed. He decided it was a melanoma, sent me to have it cut out and tested and the rest is history. Still in the early stages of figuring out what to do but scan tells me it hasn't spread. Next step is node removal.

      over 9 years ago
    • Margebhutch's Avatar

      My husband went to the Dr with "annoying" lower right abdominal pain. During the gallbladder ultrasound they found liver lesions. CT scans revealed 1cm lung tumor, one node the same size and innumerable liver tumors up to 5cm. Pet revealed additional rib and sacral bone metastasis. Dx lung CA stage IV. Finished two chemo treatments and CT next Monday. I think we are still in shock. 

      over 9 years ago
    • Madison's Avatar

      my husband turned yellow (jaundiced). We were out of town, called our family dr from there and he had us come home right away. Office visit the next day showed brown urine, had CT scan which showed a blocked bile duct. Next was an ERCP to put a stent in the blocked duct. Pancreatic cancer was diagnosed. luckily, since it blocked the bile duct, he was still in a very early stage and was able to have the whipple surgery and he just finished Chemo. He's doing good.

      over 9 years ago
    • KendallHHC's Avatar

      I had chest pain one morning that increased throughout the day/night and radiated down my arm. It also hurt more with deeper breaths or yawning. Doctor ordered Xray to rule out a fracture (I was golfing before it happened) and he saw there was a mass of some sort. CT scan confirmed tumor. Had major surgery to remove the tumor and the tumor that had attached to major vessels of my heart and had stretched one little arm out to wrap around a couple nerves and one phrenic nerve, which attaches to the diaphragm - and why I was having pain with breathing. I've never heard of anyone with Hodgkin's having similar symptoms. I think it's just the way the tumor happened to grow.

      over 9 years ago
    • mysecondchance's Avatar

      I had gone for my yearly checkup and after pressing on my stomach my doctor asked if my stomach was always so hard. I answered, I don't know. She sent me for an x-ray to see if I was backed up. The x-ray showed nothing. Three months later I began having mild indigestion, bloating and a full feeling which caused me to eat less. I was actually trying to lose weight (as always) and I noticed that my tummy was sticking out even though I had lost a few pounds. After a month I made an appointment with my doctor only because the symptoms had lasted a while, not because I felt that sick Long story short, diagnosed with constipation again until phone consult with gastroenterologist who ordered cat scan. I was diagnosed with Stage IIIc ovarian cancer.

      over 9 years ago
    • leslifish's Avatar

      Had known something was going on, I looked 9 months pregnant also, had major gas, lots of constipation. Shortness of breath finally got me to the doctor.

      over 9 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I went in for a hernia repair. Woke up to find my surgeon there telling me he had found nodules in the hernia. Needless to say, my outpatient procedure expanded a bit and I went through an internal pelvic ultrasound, pelvic & abdominal CTs and a mammogram to determine the source of my adenocarcinoma. They sent me home w/out answers other than another nodule atop my kidney, near my adrenal gland. A week later, to the gynocologic oncologist for an endometrial biopsy, where it was finally determined the carcinoma originates from the uterus. Awaiting the surgical date for my hysterectomy now. Will start chemo a couple weeks after that.

      I truly believe I had some serendipity going on. I was asymptomatic. If not for the hernia, who knows how long it would have taken to diagnose. Also, the surgeon who did my repair is not only a general surgeon but also a surgical oncologist specializing in abdominal issues. Sometimes the Powers that Be work in mysterious ways.

      over 9 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      I had irregular bleeding for a few months and thought it was just menopause symptoms.
      When I started to experience abdominal pain, I saw the gynecologist. He did a biopsy which showed
      stage 3C endometrial cancer. Had a hysterectomy in December..........chemo and radiation after that.

      over 9 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Never had any symptoms until I wiped a ton of blood after a bowel movement. Then looked down and was horrified and terrified to find a bowl full of fresh blood. I immediately went from a person who swore I'd never have a colonoscopy to immediately running to the doctor, saying, "Sign me up!"

      over 9 years ago
    • Rose's Avatar

      No symptoms. Had a breast exam one month, there was nothing there. The next month I gave myself the breast palpitation exam and the next month. Then I completely forgot all about it. About 10 months later I felt a pinch in my left breast and I just rubbed it a bit like you would an itch and when I did I felt a lump. So, the rest is history. I didn't have a mamo that year, but I have had them yearly for like 10 years. I read an article that my type of cancer isn't the type that would show up on a mamo anyway. I never knew there were different types and that one of them would not show on a mamo.

      over 9 years ago
    • Bashiemn's Avatar

      Severe groin pain, severe high fever, swollen lymph nodes, excrutiating headache and inability to get out of bed (like the wor
      st illness ever!!!)

      over 9 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      My first cancer was early stage Colon Cancer in 2008. It was found during my first colonoscopy. Not really any symptoms other than some mucous for about a week at the end. I had a colon resection & no other treatment. In 2009 I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. Again, no symptoms, it was found during my yearly mammogram. It was located in the center near the chest wall. I had lumps over the years that always turned out to be cysts, so I was not concerned to be called back. But the sonogram didn't look good, so I had a biopsy that revealed Breast Cancer. I chose to have a Lumpectomy & node dissection, followed but 12 weeks of chemo & 33 rounds of radiation. I am a Poster Child for preventative testing!

      over 9 years ago
    • Darlie's Avatar

      20 years ago I had a cyst on my ovary. Removed no problem but experienced lower pain and eventually passed out from pain . Pain started again thought it was just cyst. wrong

      over 9 years ago
    • Moonflay's Avatar

      I have a history of cysts which run in the family. I had a large knot show up near the back side of my neck, thought it was another cyst. Began to feel run down and GERDS suddenly appeared. My regular doctor said it was a lymph node that was swollen and not a cyst but chose to just watch and wait for the time being. Began to have night sweats and saw another doctor. He sent me to an ear/nose and throat specialist who put me on 3 weeks of antibiotics. No change in the node size so he did a biopsy (node removal) on the giant lymph node, by then there were more nodes swollen in my neck, underarms and groin area. Five weeks later and 6 pathology experts (final one Harvard Medical) it was determined to be large diffused b-cell lymphoma variant. Bone marrow biopsy came back negative, PET revealed large nodes on both sides of the diaphragm, hence Stage III. Immediate results after first chemo, 2 down and 6 possible treatments to go with all nodes gone in neck and underarms. :)

      over 9 years ago
    • Grandma_Pat's Avatar

      I had a couple of symptoms looking back, but what triggered my visit to the doctor was goi from 'normal' size to looking 5 months pregnant within a couple of weeks. The diagnosis of ovarian cancer knocked me for a loop, but I'm almost done with chemo, the surgery is over, and I'm looking forward to getting healthy again!

      over 9 years ago
    • Mimikate's Avatar

      Lower back pain. IBS symptoms. Sciatica down left leg. Was given exercises for back issues. They didn't resolve anything, so the doc finally ordered an MRI, expecting to find disc problem. Got a call that night that a mass was seen on my ovary. Scheduled for surgery (hysterectomy) but was told it was probably nothing. It was stage 2 ovarian cancer. Thank God the mass was pressing on a nerve, which caused back pain/sciatica. (afterward the pain all went away) Had 6 rounds of chemo. (Taxol/Carbo) Have been cancer free since 05. Praise God! :)

      over 9 years ago
    • workit's Avatar

      Burping a lot
      Yawning a lot
      Abdominal discomfort 1 hour after eating
      Urinating often during the night
      Weight loss (and I was skinny already)
      STRONG pulse just to left of my navel
      Leg fatigue after only 1 flight of stairs
      Strong adverse reaction to certain smells
      Some night sweats
      Some sensory distortion, mainly visual

      Doctor was still reluctant to do a blood test, made me feel like a hypochondriac. He kicked things into high gear though when my inflamation markers were through the roof!

      over 9 years ago
    • joey's Avatar

      Had cervical cancer 1974 and never missed a pap. And now, 38 years later after yearly, routine pap and it came back questionable. Was sent for colposcopy. Biopsy showed vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia. Only symptom was some fatigue and minimal spotting.

      over 9 years ago
    • Dani's Avatar

      I actually had many symptoms such as, fatigue, weakness, itching, skin changes, pelvic pain, back pain, and other issues.

      over 9 years ago
    • truble218848's Avatar

      About 10 years before I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, I had chocolate cysts removed from my ovaries. 10 years later, I felt the lower back pain, and asked my primary physican to refer me to a gyno, which she did. The gyno doctor to me I had fibrods and live with them. 9 months later, my husband took me to er at the local hospital, where I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, stage 1c.

      over 9 years ago
    • ogtxaggiemom's Avatar

      my husband started losing weight...then lots of weight (40 lbs in all), then he started having trouble swallowing and almost throwing up....he thought it was a hernia after running test he was told it wasn't a hernia but he didn't go back to doctor because symptons got less, I thought it was gall bladder and told the doctor and we set up test but after testing it wasn't his gall bladder, I then called doctor and told him that husband was not doing better and the doctor sent him to have a scope put down his troat and it wouldn't fit...he had a tumor in the lower part of his esophagus. Three months of pushing him to find out what was really wrong, we were told he had esophageal cancer. He had acid reflux most of his life and thought he would just live with it...and that has almost cost him his life.

      over 9 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      This is a very good question, as we all have different answers and ways we dealt with or ignored the problems! The first time, my DCIS was discovered via my scheduled mammo. The second time, I spotted a "dimple" on the lower part of my breast so I hotfooted it into the doc right away because although not necessarily older and wiser, I was older and more paranoid. It was fast-growing IDC stage 1...

      over 9 years ago
    • Alyce's Avatar

      I found the lump myself. By the time I went to the doctor, it was just under 2" in size. Mandatory mastectomy, according to the surgeon. Did chemo, went back to the surgeon, now a lumpectomy. Just had that surgery at the end of August. Now waiting for the pathology report, on what was left of the tumor and two nodes that they took out. If all clear, then on to radiation for 30 treatments and herceptin will continue until next April.

      over 9 years ago
    • Jeana1975's Avatar

      Like you, Carol, I looked very pregnant; but I also had a lot of joint pain, foot pain, back pain, abdominal pain, especially to the right of my belly button, and pelvic pain as well. Then of course my digestion became sluggish, my appetite plummeted, I started losing weight, I was constipated all the time. But as my belly grew, I started gaining all the weight I lost back, and swiftly. It turns out that the tumor was causing the bulk of my aches and pains (because they're largely absent now), yes, but I thought it was all stress related, and that my growing belly was just colotis or some kind of poor digestion. I was always paranoid about my appendix, and tried to avoid the things people said caused appendicitis; Still ended up with it alas. Though I didn't know it was my appendix that was causing the bulk of the abdominal pain, it turns out that it was my appendix that caused me to seek a doctor's care (because I thought it was actually symptoms of an ovarian cyst). That was when my Gynecologist discovered that my belly wasn't full of gas or any kind of intestinal malfunction, it was a giant ovarian tumor!

      over 9 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      Unusual vaginal bleeding (spotting) yet again. I'd been checked numerous times over the year for the same sporadic symptoms, nothing showed up. However, in 2007, the ultrasound was a little different; I was sent for an abdominal MRI, and my dr decided do to a hysterectomy, convinced that all he was seeing was an unusual fibroid. It turned out to be a metastatic tumor from my appendix on my ovary. The rest, as they say, is history.

      over 9 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      I was having pain on my right side. For many years I had a history of cervical polyps and was aware that I had 2 uterine fibroids. During my exam, I experienced pain like I never had before. He ordered an ultrasound and it showed a cyst on my right ovary so he ordered surgey. I was glad because I had so much bloating and wearing jeans was torture. During the surgery to remove my right ovary, he found a tumor on my left ovary that had not shown on the ultrasound. After 2 surgeries I am now 4 years cancer free.

      over 9 years ago
    • fightingintx's Avatar

      Rectal bleeding and discomfort - don't ignore it for a minute.

      over 9 years ago
    • akristine's Avatar

      I was using a cane to walk because I have osteoarthritis in both knees. My lower back began to ache after walking a couple of blocks and I felt a round fist-size lump on the left side of my back. I went to see my physical therapist to ask if she could massage it because it felt like a cramp. She looked at it, said no, and called my doctor into the room. My doctor looked at it and told me to go into the exam room. She returned shortly with a surgeon who looked at it and said, "Schedule an MRI." They found a football-size tumor sideways between my pelvis and outer skin. The rest is in my original post.

      over 9 years ago
    • wvgal68's Avatar

      I was bleeding heavily, which I ignored for a while, until it continued to get worse, and was also longer in duration.

      over 9 years ago
    • joyful1938's Avatar

      In 1989, my then doctor didn't like the look of my mammogram so he sent me to a cancer specialist in our area, He took one look at me sitting on the table and said, "you have cancer, we have to find it." And they did, and they removed my breast.
      In 2009 I was in great pain and went to the emergency. I had a trapped kidney stone. They did a CT scan and saw the cancer. I was septic and they had to get me past that (I was in the ICU for a week) then they removed my kidney. In 2011 during a routine mammogram, they noitices a cancer, when they removed my other breast they found that I had not one, but two, aggresive cancers. I had a genetic testing and they discovered I had a genetic gene that was causing my cancers so, in a 12 hour operation I had both my ovaries removed at the same time that they removed my breast. I was in the hospital for less that 24 hours, and when I left the hospital I went out to dinner with my family.

      over 9 years ago
    • SherrySwett's Avatar

      I had no symptoms but my doctor kept asking for blood tests because my platelets were going down. After about 6 weeks of this she sent my labs to the hospital lab. That's where my mantle cell lymphoma was diagnosed. It was so hard to believe because I felt fine. My husband still wonders if I ever had cancer though the oncologists explained to him that many times there are no symptoms. Looking back several years, though, I had several episodes of being so tired I felt like I couldn't sit up but it would go away. At another time I had trouble climbing stairs. My heart beat so fast I thought I was having a heart attack.

      over 9 years ago
    • RachaelEJ's Avatar

      I had lower back pain for about four months that kept getting misdiagnosed as muscle strain. An MRI and CT scan later showed that I had stage IV metastatic kidney cancer and the back pain was due to mets to my lumbar and thoracic vertebrae. Looking back, I also remember having night sweats a few months before diagnosis.

      over 9 years ago
    • Keljo1991's Avatar

      I had shortness of breath and fatigue. I went to the ER one night because I was having difficulty breathing. I thought it was allergies because the ragweed was bad that year. They found a shadow on the x ray, sent me to CT and found a 7cm mass in my chest. It had grown off the vagas nerve and had pushed against the upper lobe of my left lung, partially collapsing it. I went to a pulmanoligist, then a cardio thoracic surgeon and had the mass removed. It was a high grade, Malignant Periphical Nerve Sheath Tumor (MPNST). Had surgery to remove it (they were able to get it all) followed by 6 weeks of high dose radiation.

      over 9 years ago
    • cathy1967's Avatar

      Ok I found it myself ....by sitting on the toliet seat. no kidding the small mass is on my upper inner thigh- it has grown rapidly since - scheduled for surgery in one month. (have almost finished 25 radiation treatments)..My advice don't ignore anything no matter how small

      over 9 years ago
    • JHewitt's Avatar

      @AmericanCancer . No symptoms. Had a CBC blood test and my blood counts and platelets were extremely low.  Sent to a hematologist and found out I had AML Leukemia at only 43 years old.  After 6 months of treatment, I am currently in remission.  Praise God!

      over 9 years ago
    • Phynnx's Avatar

      I was peeing all the time. A sip of water put pressure on my bladder. Ultrasound showed a mass on my ovary. Bloodwork and biopsy of my uterus came up negative. Hysterectomy proved them wrong there was cancer in the mass and my uterus. Trust your gut not the tests!

      over 9 years ago
    • jennumland's Avatar

      I had a sore on my tongue that wouldn't go away after a month, I saw the dr-and was told I was biting my tongue at night and they gave me sleeping pills. 2 weeks later, After it continued to grow and become painful-and swollen-they told me to call a different dr and they couldn't get me in for 2 months-so,I called my dentist who told me to come in NOW and immediately dx me with squamous cell carcinoma-on my tongue. If I would have "played the game" I would not be here today!!

      over 9 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Nosebleeds. Frequent unexplained nosebleeds. That's a classic symptom of my rare form of cancer (WM) but who knew.

      The ear, nose and throat doctor didn't have a clue, but my family doctor figured something must be wrong and ordered blood tests. He didn't find what he was looking for and didn't understand what he found, but he had the good sense to refer me to a specialist who did.

      over 9 years ago
    • MWilson's Avatar

      First, praise God you saw THAT surgeon. Second, I was having difficulty swallowing, choking on just about everything. I could not tilt my head certain ways, I felt like the airway was being restricted. I was sent to an ENT, and viola.

      over 9 years ago
    • christinem's Avatar

      I had a pinching and pulling pain radiating from my right shoulder blade to my right breast. I ignored this for a while until it got worse. Then one day I was getting dressed for bed and looked in the mirror when I put on my pajamas tops and saw a very slight indention to the right of the nipple on my right breast. I knew that was not right. Went to my doctor and he blew me off. Said my mammogram was perfect last year and I was due for another one in a month. Told me pain was not a sympton of breast cancer. 3 weeks later I had a mammogram. Turned out perfect but dimple was still there. They followed up with an ultra sound and lo and behold there was a small tumor on the top of the breast tissue, thus causing the dimple. Invasive ductal carcinoma. 3 mm in one lymph node. 1.2 cm tumor. Doctor could not feel anything and neither could I. This indention/dimple saved me. In radiation now.

      over 9 years ago
    • hilde451's Avatar

      Swelling left side of neck and cheek in 04. Surgery and 22 radiation treatments, Was home free till 09. then had more surgery and 8 rounds of chemo and radioimmuntherapy called Zevalin. Was diagnosed with stage 4 Follicular Non Hodgkins lymphoma. It was in my bone marrow too. So have been in remission since Dec. 23, 09

      over 9 years ago
    • booboo's Avatar

      I had rectal bleeding. For a long time I told myself it was hemorrhoids but the amount of blood kept increasing. One morning I had muscle spasms so bad I fell to the floor in pain. Went to see my primary care doctor who sent me for colonoscopy. That test revealed a large, Stage 3 tumor. I was only 46 - baseline colonoscopy isn't ordered til age 50.

      Never ignore rectal bleeding. Run, don't walk, to the doctor!

      over 9 years ago
    • martyp's Avatar

      Well come home from work on a Monday night and woke up the next day high fever and no energy. Next day fever was down a bit but still no energy. I told my wife that my stomach hurt when you pressed on it .

      I called the advice nurse hot line to see if I could get a urgent care appointment to see the doctor and was told to go to the er.

      They sent me for a cat scan and notice something with my appendix and my intestines and admitted me .

      That morning I lost 4 inches of my intestines and my appendix and found that start of the problem was a gist which had twisted on it self and cut of its blood supply and died and infect my appendix which just happened to be touching the infected part of my intestines

      over 9 years ago
    • lymphalive2day's Avatar

      a simple, dry cough that lasted months. doctors kept saying it was allergies, but I didn't have itchy watery eyes or post nasal drip...it was a large tumor around my aorta, trachea and esophagus.

      over 9 years ago
    • NanHope's Avatar

      INDIGESTION! Simple high indigestion - and it turned out to be ovarian cancer...

      over 9 years ago
    • CMilkovich's Avatar

      I had excruciating lower back pain and pain running down my left leg. My primary doc thought it was RA. Went to RA doc. Thought it was everything but Breast Cancer. Went to a lung specialist. Thought I had lung cancer, never smoked of course. Finally went back to the Onc. who diagnosed me with Breast Cancer w/mets to lungs, bones, and now liver. Took 4 months. I have a wonderful Oncologist but went on quite a roller coaster ride in the beginning. About a year prior, I had signs, hypoglycemia, all of the usual stuff. Should have been diagnosed then. Can't go back, but I can go forward!

      over 9 years ago
    • bp440's Avatar

      My husband had significant shortness of breath that got worse over several months, unusual fatigue and finally noticed a lump in his neck while shaving. He didn't mention the lump to his cardiologist so they did cardiac workup and lung function, which were good. His primary care doc sent him to ENT who proceeded with the biopsy and scans. Stage III nodular sclerosing Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

      over 9 years ago
    • dee_mia24's Avatar

      i was coughing alot which made it hard for me to breath. i was lost alot of weight and wasn't eating alot. I had lumps on the left and right side of my neck. That right away made me go see a doctor

      over 9 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      My husband had bloody gas and stools and after my nagging him a bit went to see his doctor who diagnosed him with hemorrhoids, gave him a prescription for cream to us,e and told him to make a follow-up appointment. He used the cream, but noticed no change, and he went to his follow-up only to learn his doctor was on vacation and he would see a partner. That was fine. The partner concurred that it was hemorrhoids and told him they take time to heal and sent him on his way. Still not noticeable change in the bloody gas or stools. About a week or so later he was at Lowe’s (I think, as I was at work0 with my son who was home from university. I got a call from my son telling me my husband was passing out and the store was calling 911. The ER said he was anemic. Great.

      There was still no change at all in what was going on and now he was anemic. I literally made a decision, right then and there, that he was going to my doctor immediately. We made him an appointment and had all the medical files, and lab tests sent over to my doctor’s office. At the appointment the doctor looked at the labs and immediately said something was wrong and made him an appointment to see the endocrinologist. By the end of the week we knew he has Stage IV colon cancer and was given 6-18 months. This was 8 years ago, and we are forever thankful to Dr. Kane for recognizing what 3 other doctors missed and saved his life.

      over 9 years ago
    • Poraku's Avatar

      As soon as one notices too frequent bowels should see a doctor. My neglected for one year MY warnings and didn't send me for a colonoscopy " because of my age" (80)... He didn't check that the last one I had about 10 yrs.ago! But after my complains he sent me at last and the result of colonoscopy was a tumor (an overgrown polip). It shrunk after radio and chemo therapy which I received BEFORE the surgery. The doctors were opting for an open surgery but I have found one surgeon who removed the tumor by TEMS. Anybody should consider TEM if it is not too late and an tumor is located not too deep in one's colon.

      over 9 years ago
    • Sashalanda's Avatar

      my husband was having severe constipation..something he had never had in our 36yrs of marriage..he was always opposite if anything. He also has a very high pain tolerance so when he told me it got so painful he went to the er..I knew something was wrong. He used everything over the counter plus a liquid an er dr prescribed. He was indeed constipated but he went again to er after 3 weeks of constipation. I emphasized how rare this is for my hubs and listed a long list of what he had taken with no results. they took abd xray..said constipation so sent us on our way saying to keep up with what we are doing..even though we had no results. His actual doctor got the results 3 days later, he called hubs saying he wanted more tests because he thought he saw an abd. aneurysm. The abd ct scan came back showing a very small aorta aneurysm but also showed two small tumors of the liver , tumor of lung, and degraded spine in L11 and multiple lower spine. Also, the rib closest to the lung tumor was degenerated. he had spine xrays a year before this from a lady hitting him while he was sitting at a stop sign on his motorcycle..the spine looked perfect just a year ago. He had the lung biopsy monday and we still have not heard results but dr feels strongly that all places, lung, bone, and liver are cancerous. We are praying he is wrong and that its those fatty tumors that run in his family. What concerns me though is that his mom died from spine cancer and from what I have read, that runs in families. I definately want him to get second opinion also.

      about 9 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Let's see... a node behind one ear causing scalp pain, mononucleosis for the second time, spiking fevers, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss, golf ball-sized nodes protruding from my neck. I was treated with anti-biotics and anti-anxiety meds. Ran for my life to SCCA/Fred Hutchinson. Doctor told me you have stage 4B Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma with "innumerable" nodes and bone marrow involvement. If it does not respond, you have about 3-4 months to live. At least I knew the cause then!

      about 9 years ago
    • Giraffe's Avatar

      No symptoms at all, just the call back from the yearly mammogram. Shock to me, the rest is history, it is a journey!

      about 9 years ago
    • rabbits4ever's Avatar

      Went to the ER one night thinking I was having a heart attack due to strong pain under my breastbone after a very vigorous workout. Heart fine but they did a chest Xray and noticed a nodule.

      All this time thinking it was my heart...felt odd after every work out.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      Weight gain and urinary tract infections. Every doctor I saw blamed it on being peri menopausal or pre diabetic! They finally listened to me when I started looking pregnant.

      over 8 years ago
    • ella73's Avatar

      I felt a funny lump in my stomacb region. it turned out to be an ovary the size of a cantaloupe with cancer in it.

      over 8 years ago
    • kbrackett100's Avatar

      I was having leg and digestive system pains that I basically ignored. Then I got bloating in my stomach and shortness of breath. Finally went to my PCP, who realized it was ascites and started me on this journey.

      over 8 years ago
    • carli713's Avatar

      I too ignored the fact that I looked like I was ready to deliver a baby. I thought it was the hernia I knew I had but couldn't afford to get it repaired. When my side hurt so badly, I blamed it on a pulled muscle not the ovary exploding as it did. Went from constipation to diarrhea constantly and blamed diet. I've had lower back pain for years which I contributed to the degenerative disc disease but it wasn't. Finally had to go to the emergency room when my kidneys shut down because the tumor had them suppressed to the point they couldn't work anymore.

      over 8 years ago
    • maryloufrench's Avatar

      I seemed to be leaking urine. I, also thought that I was "getting older" and that this might be a sign of aging. However, after the bladder control meds and kegal exercises I was leaking copious amounts of clear liquid (not urine).....enough that I had to wear a pad. Finally the doctor ordered an internal ultra sound and they found a grapefruit sized mass.

      almost 8 years ago
    • i-z-z-i's Avatar

      First time around abdominal pain and bloating sent me to the ER, where they performed CT scan and diagnosed me with stage 3C ovarian cancer, 9 cm tumor, mets to peritoneum and omentum, ascites.
      Recurrence was diagnosed both radiologically (CT scan) and by increased CA125 marker.

      almost 8 years ago
    • STJohnson's Avatar

      Severe abdominal pain and bloating caused me to go to the ER. They performed a CT scan and blood tests. I was diagnosed with stage !!! Ovarian Cancer. Ascites drained (Paracentesis).

      over 7 years ago
    • Donna1943's Avatar

      An Abdominal Hernia binder does help my lower back. The Neupogen shots make my bones aches. Low RWC/WBC.

      over 7 years ago
    • lauraM's Avatar

      What I discovered by myself and reading everyone's posts is that we have to be our biggest health advocate. if there is a sympton we have to follow up and always ask for tests. I had a small pain after doing sit ups and thought it was a cyst problem. I have a history of gynecological issus. I am At high risk for breast cancer and ovarian. When I went to the doctor at first we thought it was bladder infection but Got the CAT scan to be sure. Stage III ovarian cancer. Very scary that the symptoms were not big . It is frustrating to visit the doctor regularly and to get all suggested testing and it still got me. I'm in the middle of chemo handling it wellI. I have faith that everything goes well. I keep positive.

      over 7 years ago
    • jennifer1010's Avatar

      My cancer was found by a fluke. I went to get an ovarian cyst removed and that's when they found the cancer. I had no symptoms unless the cyst counts. Was staged at 1C. I went in for a simple 2 hour surgery and came out 7 hours later with my life completely changed.

      about 7 years ago
    • victoria14's Avatar

      I too had no symptoms, but found a bump on my groin, and though it was a tumor! Turned out
      it was actually a hernia (probably) caused by the ovarian tumor my gyn found when I went to her
      totally alarmed. The amazing thing is; this was not a really small bump, but I didn't notice it until it was fairly big.

      about 7 years ago
    • jyh5YR2Free's Avatar

      My ovarian cancer was found by accident. I'd had an ovarian cyst for the last 8-9 years about 6mm in size. Never changed. Just stayed there. Doctors never seemed concerned. The last few years I felt more of the symptoms of cyst, like pressure, cramps, lack of energy, slight pain. Doctors never seemed concerned. Then started getting sharp pains in that hip. No explanation. Had MRI, xrays - couldn't find reason for it. I think my orthopedic doctor thought I was crazy or making things up. I finally went in for an ultrasound to see if the cyst was growing or causing it. Doctor said "no". But we scheduled to get it removed anyway. Labs came back Ovarian cancer, grade 3. I could've been dead if I'd waited much longer! Anyway, after surgeries and chemo I am now cancer free. Thankfully it was caught at stage I. And guess what, no more sharp hip pain. :) Trust your instincts. I know God was watching out for me. I hope this helps someone out there.

      almost 5 years ago

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