• Stage Four Colorectal Cancer - Experiencing Abdominal Pain

    Asked by Barb_TX on Saturday, April 27, 2013

    Stage Four Colorectal Cancer - Experiencing Abdominal Pain

    My husband was diagnosed with S4 Colon Cancer in December of last year, unexpectedly. He has had three months of chemo treatments. Among all the normal side effects of chemo, for about the last month he has been experiencing very hard abdominal pain - Constantly. We have talk with his oncologist about this but he just chalks it up to the effects of his cancer and/or scar tissue from when the surgeon first discovered his cancer. But this all doesn't make sense to us. I am trying to see if anyone has any other thoughts or similar experiences and what might be causing his abdominal pain. Please help. Thank you kindly.

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      Barb, Have you talked to the surgeon that did the surgery? If it is scar tissue he should be able to explain that better and is more likely to know what to do about it. In any case a hard pain is something a surgeon or gastroenterologist should look at as they will be more likely to find the cause and be able to treat it.. Some abdominal pain is normal with colon cancer chemo and is a sign of nausea but it is usually not a hard pain and can be controlled with anti-nausea meds. Good Luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • Barb_TX's Avatar

      Thank you Peroli for your help. I did not think to go back to my husband's surgeon for a follow up with the pain in mind. But we did think about going to his gastroenterologist but are in the process of getting one closer to his oncologist. With your suggestions here, I will get going on both of these appointments. You have helped tremendously, thank you!

      over 4 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      I have rectal cancer stage 2-3 and during chemo my tummy was very sore. Mostly constipation.

      My diet of many laxatives provided some relief. But I was basically miserable for 6-7 weeks.

      over 4 years ago
    • Barb_TX's Avatar

      Thank you Crazy Harry for your thoughts. Everyone goes through this horrible cancer things differently I have been finding out. I wish you much success!

      over 4 years ago
    • Lavonne's Avatar

      my sister in law has had the same problems and the oncologist insisted on her to take prilosec every day. We thought it would not work because she was not having heartburn but ab pain. It really helped a lot. Might ask oncologist about trying prilosec every day.

      over 4 years ago
    • Skylex's Avatar

      Does he have a colostomy that can cause belly cramps I get those with every cycle. It's easy with the drugs we are on to get constipated so stay hydrated is very important. Also senokot works great as a painless way to get rid of it. Good luck and God Bless

      over 4 years ago
    • GolfGirl's Avatar

      Just like CrazyHarry the chemo was very constipating & so was the anti-nausea medication I was given. I would start taking laxative a day or so before each drip and continue for a day or two after the drip - it seemed to work well for me. I would consult with the surgeon to be on the safe side. Hope he feels better soon. Sounds like your hubby has a great caretaker!

      over 4 years ago
    • nance's Avatar

      The same thing happened to me during chemo. My stomach was absoultly killing me. It wasn't a feeling of nausea ethier...it was a stabbing pain. I was given a scope down my stomach to see if there was an ulcer.There was not. The doctor tried priolosec daily and a couple of other drugs that did not work. Finally I was given a prescription of protonix daily. It did the trick. When I finished chemo I was able to stop this drug. Although I do continue to take prilosec daily.

      over 4 years ago

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