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by Cami0303 on Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:00 AM
I went to the Dr. today and he ran a bunch of blood tests and did a pap because I was complaining about abdominal pain, feeling puky, frequent urination, and pain during intercourse. I have been loosing weight, and am really listless. Go to work, come home and want to go to bed. It has really gotten that bad! I am 37 years old and have NEVER felt any of these symptoms before. But they have been getting progressively worse over the last 3-4 months and are now unbearable!
Anyways, Dr. kept saying after pap exam he was concerned about ovarian cancer or colon cancer with the complications I have been having and ran some blood tests and set me up for appointments next week that include ultrasound, CT scan and colonoscopy.
Dr. just called and said blood tests showed H. Pylori and he was even more concerned about colon cancer and we still need to check on the ovarian cancer.
Has anyone who has had colon cancer been diagnosed because they were positive for H. Pylori? I have done a lot of reading and see how they coralate so now I am really concerned too.
by lisakc on Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:00 AM
by Paula777 on Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:00 AM
H. Pylori can be due to a gastric ulcer. H. Pylori is very common in developing countries due to lower hygienic standards. H. Pylori has been rare in North America (and most developed countries), but it is on the rise in North America in recent years. So, H. Pylori, while it can mean it's related to cancer -- typically stomach and to a lesser degree colon cancer -- it is more likely due to an infection caused by unsanitary conditions. Or it can also be caused by an ulcer -- which again, is caused by a H. Pylori bacterial infection.
My advice is to go through all the tests -- blood, PET-CT, colonoscopy, etc. -- and take one day at a time. Don't jump the gun and get yourself too worked up, as it's is very VERY possible that this will not turn out to be a cancer but a very active H. Pylori infection (i.e., gastic ulcer). But for sure still, go do the tests -- do as many as your doctor requests.
by Cami0303 on Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:00 AM
I am most scared because my mother's mother died at age 39 of colon cancer. I don't think that it would be such a gloom hanging over my head if there were no history of this in my family. I keep telling myself that everything will be ok and I will get through it and maybe it is ONLY H. Pylori. I am trying to take one moment, one step at a time and I am ok for a minute then fall apart the next.
I went to the doctor in hopes that he would tell me it was only a UTI and give me some antibiotics and send me on my way.......all;s well.
This is just difficult because there seems to be CANCER all around me. My nephew was just diagnosed melanoma in June. My good friends husband just diagnosed with Colon cancer 2 weeks ago with mets to lungs and liver...........I wanted peace of mind when I went to the Dr. I was not even the one to MENTION CANCER, even though it was the thought on my mind. MY DOCTOR is the one who brought up the cancer.
I made my husband come with me so that he could help and so that I could bounce this off him. I think he is scared for me too but doesn't want to show it.
For all those of you who read this and believe in the power of prayer, I am counting on you to help me by praying for my situation!
God Bless of you who have to endure this,
by angelsbaby on Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:00 AM
yes yes Thats what our pcp thought but it was but really the cancer tumor perforated the colon so it looked like it was the h pilory but it wasn't it was colon cancer and he did die from it. have a colonoscopy done that is what confirmed it for my husband.
by Cami0303 on Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:00 AM
OK, so here's the update. I have been to see 3 doctors in the last 5 days! Talk about rediculous. Anyhow, all 3 of these doctors agree that symptoms indicate colon cancer. I have endoscopy/colonoscopy scheduled for Thursday and will know then. Only 1 of them think it could possibly be diverticulits/colitis or ulcers.
I am hoping for the ulcers!!!!!!
Will let you know on Thursday!
by Cami0303 on Sun Aug 23, 2009 12:00 AM
by Cami0303 on Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:00 AM
All test results/ biopsy back. No cancer-- YEAH! Diagnosed with gastroparesis!
Everyone take care and God bless,
by justamfitz on Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:41 PM
On Aug 29, 2009 12:00 AM Cami0303 wrote: All test results/ biopsy back. No cancer-- YEAH! Diagnosed with gastroparesis! Everyone take care and God bless,Cami
On Aug 29, 2009 12:00 AM Cami0303 wrote:
by justamfitz on Sat Nov 21, 2009 06:42 AM
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