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Is there a cancer growing in my belly?
« on: May 04, 2014, 02:45:38 PM »
A few weeks ago I went to the doctor for some nausea and something else. He referred me to a gastro but I can't see him until about 10 days from now.

Since then my symptoms have mostly improved, but I have some strange problems that have cropped up since then. It's scaring me so much that I really can't do anything.

The scariest thing is the feeling of a heavy object right in the middle of my belly, a few inches above my navel and below my sternum. It's always there, it feels like a 2-3 lb weight inside my belly. If I lay on my side, I can feel it weighing down.

If I feel my belly in that area, I can actually feel something there. But I'm pretty sure it's my colon. I can feel it to the left and to the right of the place where the 'object' is, so like a long tube. But I feel the heavy object right in the middle.

It doesn't hurt, even when I touch it (unless I really press hard on it, which I've stopped doing). The reason why this scares me so much is because I've always heard cancer is a painless lump. I can't feel a distinct lump, but I feel this heavy thing in the middle of my belly weighing down constantly, no relief, no signs of going away.

I also have a lot of weird nausea symptoms, like liquids seem to want to come back up a lot after drinking and I feel some nausea after eating a lot of the time. I don't get hungry like I used to either. I can eat mostly normally and I'm not losing weight, but I don't feel very hungry these days. After eating I feel nausea a lot of the time.

I can't really enjoy anything anymore. I'm horribly depressed, I feel lonely, and this thing just doesn't show any signs of ever, ever going away. I wake up every day feeling this thing and it just won't go away.

Please help convince me I'm being insane and that this isn't actually cancer.
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Re: Is there a cancer growing in my belly?
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2014, 05:39:14 PM »
with cancer, it is unlikely you'd see your symptoms improve. In fact they would be getting worse, because that's what cancer does. The nausea only happens in the advanced stages of stomach cancer, and you most certianly wouldnt be seeing symptoms improve at that point.
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Re: Is there a cancer growing in my belly?
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2014, 06:17:27 PM »
that's what I keep telling myself. but the specific feeling of a heavy object in there is scary. it just doesn't feel like it's getting better. it seems to fluctuate from time to time, but it always comes back. I suppose the fluctuation means it might not be anything too serious, but it's hard to distract myself from something that feels like a stone in my belly
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Re: Is there a cancer growing in my belly?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2014, 06:28:54 PM »
Unfortunately its hard to be comforted until you get results from the gastro but ill google some statistics for you.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for stomach cancer in the United States for 2014 are:

    About 22,220 cases of stomach cancer will be diagnosed (13,730 in men and 8,490 in women)
    About 10,990 people will die from this type of cancer (6,720 men and 4,270 women)

Stomach cancer mostly affects older people. The average age of people when they are diagnosed is 70. Almost two thirds of people with stomach cancer are 65 or older. The average risk that a person will develop stomach cancer in their lifetime is about 1 in 116. This risk is slightly higher in men than in women, and can also be affected by a number of other factors.

Stomach cancer is much more common in other parts of the world, particularly in less developed countries. It is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the world.

Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer

Unfortunately, early-stage stomach cancer rarely causes symptoms. This is one of the reasons stomach cancer is so hard to detect early. The signs and symptoms of stomach cancer can include:

    Poor appetite
    Weight loss (without trying)
    Abdominal (belly) pain
    Vague discomfort in the abdomen, usually above the navel
    A sense of fullness in the upper abdomen after eating a small meal
    Heartburn or indigestion
    Nausea
    Vomiting, with or without blood
    Swelling or fluid build-up in the abdomen

Most of these symptoms are more likely to be caused by things other than cancer, such as a stomach virus. They may also occur with other types of cancer. But people who have any of these problems, especially if they don’t go away or get worse, should check with their doctor so the cause can be found and treated.

Since symptoms of stomach cancer often do not appear until the disease is advanced, only about 1 in 5 stomach cancers in the United States is found at an early stage, before it has spread to other areas of the body.

So what do we learn from this? The odds of stomach cancer are very low. The symptoms dont usually show until its advanced. Did you see the symptoms list? Those symptoms could be many things other than cancer. Ive had some of those symptoms for weeks at a time. Also, if its cancer it wouldnt get better.
 It could possibly be a hernia or inflammation in the colon. You could have  a blockage in the colon (stuck stool or severely constipated). The doc sending you to the gastro was the best thing. In my experience with stomach problems my family doctor kept trying to treat everything himself. I finally got to a  gastro and got a colonoscopy and endoscopy. They didnt find anything wrong and yet I still get problems with my gut and I have since I was a kid. Im 33 now. Do whatever it takes to draw your attention to something else. I know its hard but worrying isnt gonna make things better. Im sorry you are having to go through this. Alot of us here have had out scares when we are having to wait to see a specialist to diagnose the unknown. So trust me when I say we feel your pain. Ill keep you in my thoughts and prayers that this will all be benign and over with and in the past. Keep us posted on how you are doing.
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Re: Is there a cancer growing in my belly?
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2014, 07:13:54 PM »
poor appetite
Vague discomfort in the abdomen, usually above the navel
A sense of fullness in the upper abdomen after eating a small meal
Heartburn or indigestion
Nausea

all symptoms I have, but they're very vague symptoms to list. I don't think I have stomach cancer because of my age (24) and no family history of any cancer other than from smoking. I've had issues with my bowels for almost 3 years and I'm afraid that I've waited too long, but those problems haven't gotten better or worse. Actually they're slightly worse lately, but I'm about 99.9% sure it's due to stress, since it's an easy pattern to recognize with me, has happened before, etc

I really don't know what to think. In a logical sense I believe that all of this is caused by anxiety and stress, even the physical sensations and nausea. But feeling an object inside the belly is very weird and frightening. When i try feeling for something solid I can't really find it and end up touching my own colon, which is just dumb so I've stopped.
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Re: Is there a cancer growing in my belly?
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2014, 08:54:18 PM »
well that helps lower your odds for stomach cancer even more. your age 24, no family history of stomach cancer.
i lost my grandfather, my great uncle and my aunt to colon cancer so you can see why stomach issues bother me. i forgot to mention its could be IBS irritable bowel syndrome. i was diagnosed with IBS back in my early 20's. when i had all those test done. i had so many different vague stomach and bowel symptoms. i went into the doctors office for my results. i seen the nurse practioner. she said i was diagnosed with IBS and started writing off all these prescriptions.  i asked what would the meds cure me? she replied, "no they will treat the symptoms." i said, " that makes no sense! why treat the symptoms? treat the cause!" she says, "we dont know what causes IBS but in my opinion. i think its stress related."
when she told me that it changed my thinking about my stomach issues. everytime my stomach would act up i would talk to myself and say something like. " im not dealing with this right now. i KNOW this is stress related. this is NOT something serious" i did this everytime and most of the time the symptoms would just go away. so keep that in mind if you get a diagnoses of IBS.
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Re: Is there a cancer growing in my belly?
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2014, 09:31:28 PM »
my mother has bowel problems that started when she was younger, much worse than mine but still manageable. to be honest, since the start of the day the heavy feeling has gone down noticeably. I'm sure it's IBS, I might not even need a whole lot of treatment for it since I've lived with it for a long time with only mild symptoms. this heavy feeling only started a few weeks ago however

I'm not so stressed out at the moment. thank you for listening to me despite how crazy I am. nobody else should hesitate to reassure me however lol
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Re: Is there a cancer growing in my belly?
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2014, 12:05:20 AM »
Hey everyone. Small update

It seems my fears have likely been quite unfounded. I was suddenly stricken with the urge to nap earlier, so I went to go lay down. I could still feel the heaviness in my belly, but it felt better to just rest for a bit. After about 30-45 minutes, I felt the weight deflate. Turns out it was trapped gas. I had no idea gas could be trapped for so long.

I feel very stupid. Now I feel almost nothing there, maybe nothing at all. I'm still somewhat anxious and nauseated, but I've been known to nauseate myself through anxiety. But now I feel like I can just let this all pass, and I feel happier about the gastro appointment. Let's hope these good feelings last.
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Re: Is there a cancer growing in my belly?
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2014, 01:39:00 PM »
WOW! I cant believe I did not mention trapped gas! Kicking myself right now!
Keep some simethicone around for gas. Also you should start taking some probiotics like philips colon health or one of the others especially if you have been on antibiotics recently b/c antibiotics will kill of good bacteria too.
You may even be able to curb stomach issues with a change to your diet.
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Re: Is there a cancer growing in my belly?
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2014, 05:08:34 PM »
Yeah, I've been taking a probiotic but I think it might be dead. it's a one week sample and it expires next year, but it's been sitting there for a while.

I woke up today with a pressure in my upper abdomen and nausea, but it's different from the way it has been. it seems to change every single day. I was going to go out and get some ice cream to see if it made my depression feel better, but now I don't want to do anything. I'm sick of this, it's extremely frustrating and I don't know what it is. I might be able to get some simethicone, but i've never heard of it.

I've been trying to eat lightly and it seems to help the after-meal nausea. but now that I think about it, the feeling in my high, upper abdomen (like around the lower ribs) has never gone away. It has changed over time but never gone away. it feels like bloating or gas, but I can't be sure because I've never experienced anything like that. I no longer have any feeling of heaviness.
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Re: Is there a cancer growing in my belly?
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2014, 09:59:35 PM »
simethicone is an over the counter drug for gas. i think gas-x may be a name brand. its actually what you give to infants for gas. its very safe. i too have pain off and on in my lower left abdomen just below thr ibs kinda under a little. had lots of tests to find out what it was an nothing. feels like a gnawing pain when it happens makes me think ulcer. but the only thing to show up on tests is that the bottom of my esophagus is a little spasmatic
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Re: Is there a cancer growing in my belly?
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2014, 03:47:01 PM »
Thanks for the information. I remember hearing now that it's practically impossible to overdose on it.

that being said, last night I took a small amount of baking soda in water and it seemed to really, really help. I still got nausea after eating but it was much better than it has been. I also woke up today not feeling too bad at all, ate breakfast with almost no noticeable nausea. I also didn't have to pee more than once or BM immediately after waking up, which means my stress is much better.

It seems I've been just very badly bloated for a few weeks, which is very strange that it would last for so long, but maybe that's why I need to see the gastro. I still have the same feelings, but they've gone down quite a bit. The heaviness is still completely gone, and the pressure in my upper abdomen feels very low.

as a hypochondriac who has never been bloated, it's been very scary feeling this way, but it doesn't feel so serious anymore. I just hope this calmness lasts
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