Member Gallery    Games   Member Groups   Member Blogs   Health News    Bored?

Author Topic: Anemia and colon cancer--again!  (Read 2137 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline nabila12

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 154
  • Rec's: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Personal text
    • Poke This Member
Re: Anemia and colon cancer--again!
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2014, 06:59:17 PM »
One more thing. I recently got admitted to a graduate program I didn't think I would be admitted to, I was given new responsibilities at work that I really want, and my marriage is finally in a stable place again after almost six months of uncertainty. So, I think now that things are going well in my life and I have stopped worrying about getting into grad school, hating my job, or losing my marriage, HA has reared its ugly head again and latched onto the anemia/colon cancer worry again to fill the worry void. It seems I have to have SOMETHING to worry about.
Bookmark and Share

Offline Brick5711

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 843
  • Rec's: 5
  • Gender: Female
  • Personal text
    • Poke This Member
Re: Anemia and colon cancer--again!
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2014, 07:26:14 PM »
I was bleeding every day. The blood was obvious. It was fresh but it was in the sigmoid colon very close to the exit. When I was on iron my hemoglobin did go up. At first, i did not notice the blood. My grandmother also had colon cancer and her only symptom was being anemic. I dont have heavy periods and my iron was low even when i did not have period because of birth control.
Bookmark and Share

Offline nabila12

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 154
  • Rec's: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Personal text
    • Poke This Member
Re: Anemia and colon cancer--again!
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2014, 09:13:30 PM »
Brick--sounds like our situations are very similar, though I have never noticed any blood in my stool.
Bookmark and Share

Offline Brick5711

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 843
  • Rec's: 5
  • Gender: Female
  • Personal text
    • Poke This Member
Re: Anemia and colon cancer--again!
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2014, 09:43:54 PM »
Bleeding is not always obvious. My grandmother never noticed blood. I didnt have cancer. I just had a polyp. But if you do have a polyp and it is on the right hand side you will not notice blood. You can very well have anemia for other reasons. Maybe your body does not react to iron supplements and you need it through IV. I know a lady who her leverls were a 5 qnd it was from diet. But she also had a colonoscopy to rule out anything. Anyone with unexplained anemia should et a colonoscopy. I had a follow up colonoscopy and did not have any new polyps.
Bookmark and Share

Offline nabila12

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 154
  • Rec's: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Personal text
    • Poke This Member
Re: Anemia and colon cancer--again!
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2014, 09:57:26 PM »
Brick--my body responds well to iron supplements. My last hemoglobin level was 12.8 and that is on iron supplements.
Bookmark and Share

Offline nabila12

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 154
  • Rec's: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Personal text
    • Poke This Member
Re: Anemia and colon cancer--again!
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2014, 02:43:39 PM »
I forgot to mention that I have also lost nearly 50lbs since August 2012, the time when I was first diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia. However, I think most of the weight loss can be attributed to anxiety, as the weight loss comes in spurts and seems to only happen when I am in a place of great anxiety and not eating as much as I once was. I am now down to a healthy weight, as I was nearing the obesity marker before the weight loss began, so it is not as if I am skin an bones. Just another piece to add to the puzzle.
Bookmark and Share

Offline Brick5711

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 843
  • Rec's: 5
  • Gender: Female
  • Personal text
    • Poke This Member
Re: Anemia and colon cancer--again!
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2014, 06:31:16 PM »
You may have a polyp or it could be diet. Safe thing to just get it checked.
Bookmark and Share

Offline nabila12

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 154
  • Rec's: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Personal text
    • Poke This Member
Re: Anemia and colon cancer--again!
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2014, 03:20:24 PM »
I am a wedding this weekend and I am having hard time thinking maybe this will be the last wedding I live to see, though I worried that last summer when my sister got married. Right after my anemia diagnosis, as my colon cancer fear took full hold, I was so scared that I wouldn't live to see her get married, but I did. Now I worry that I may not live to see her have kids and grow in her burgeoning law career.  :(
Bookmark and Share

Offline nabila12

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 154
  • Rec's: 1
  • Gender: Female
  • Personal text
    • Poke This Member
Re: Anemia and colon cancer--again!
« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2014, 11:04:06 PM »
Trying to stay sane until Friday when I see my GI to ask if he think I need a colonoscopy. So worried I have unwittingly let colon cancer fester in my body for two years!!!
Bookmark and Share

Offline Lindsay2427

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1170
  • Country: us
  • Rec's: 9
  • Gender: Female
  • Mood: Scared
    Scared
    • Poke This Member
Re: Anemia and colon cancer--again!
« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2014, 08:47:50 AM »
PUSH FOR THE COLONOSCOPY!!!!! I feared colon cancer for 15 months. It was pure hell living that way. I was never anemic (hem was 13.8 in April) but I would have visible periodic bright red blood on my stool. Only small amounts but it was there. I lived in a state of panic. I have suffered from severe HA since childhood but this was by far the worst. I finally saw a GI in January after a year of the bleeding. I am 26, healthy, perfect blood work, no weight loss end no family history of CC and the first thing she said was colposcopy for investigation. She didn't think I had CC but she thought colitis, hems or polyp. I was so scared to have the scope and I put it off for months. Finally my HA got so bad I couldn't take it anymore. I scheduled the colposcopy and it was so easy. She found a very small barly 1cm polyp in my sigmoid colon and internal hemorrhoids. The polyp was removed and biopsied. It was a hyperplastic polyp which is a 100% completely beign warty like growth that has a less than 1% chance if ever turning to cancer even if left in the colon, but it still bled and she said it actually bled pretty good during removal. I have felt so much better since having that colonoscopy. I do not look at my stools anymore. I went from completely obsessed to total relaxation. I still struggle with my HA but I am working so hard on it. I would think after 2 years of low iron there would be many more symptoms of CC by now. But with the weight loss, vomiting and nausea I would push for the scope. I also had an EGD done for upper gastric pain and nothing was found other than slight redness in an area of the stomach most likely caused by acid. All biopsies were negative.
Bookmark and Share

Tags: