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I had stage one colon cancer in 2001 had surgery with no chemo or radiation needed have regular colonoscopies is the cancer likely to return?

I had stage one colon cancer in 2001 had surgery with no chemo or radiation needed have regular colonoscopies is the cancer likely to return?

Probobly not: If colon cancer was Stage one and that portion of the bowel was resected then the likelihood of recurrence is low. That said you still need to continue surveillance per your oncologist recommendations as you are at increased risk.. ...Read more

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I had a rad hysterectomy and radiation in 1998. Last year a colonoscopy and endoscope, all clear. Have ibs. What could be the reason for the lower right quadrant of my abdomen being distended.

I had a rad hysterectomy and radiation in 1998.  Last year a colonoscopy and endoscope, all clear.  Have ibs.  What could be the reason for the lower right quadrant of my abdomen being distended.

Many things: It is reassuring that the scopes were normal. The surgery can cause scar tissue called adhesions. Ibs can also cause accumulation of gas. The surgery can cause some weakness of the abdominal muscles. As long as the tests (ct scans, etc) are normal, i would recommend trials of diet changes and probiotics and exercise. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy dec'15 removed 5pol, some hyper. wk 2 change in bm, narrow, ribbon like, sometimes thicker but flat sides. pain low lt pelvic. Cancer hist?

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Colonoscopy dec'15 removed 5pol, some hyper. wk 2 change in bm, narrow, ribbon like, sometimes thicker but flat sides. pain low lt pelvic. Cancer hist?

What's your question: This sounds like diverticulitis. There is a possibility of inflammation in the colon from the biopsies but this is uncommon and diverticulitis is common. You should see your doctor back to see if you need antibiotics or further investigation of the pelvis. ...Read more

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Constipated & pain in my right lower pelvic side that goes to my low back colonoscopy last jan 2012 neg should I repeat this yr i'm worried please help?

Constipated & pain in my right lower pelvic side that goes to my low back colonoscopy last jan 2012 neg should I repeat this yr  i'm worried please help?

Need to see doc: Cannot say what is the best way to evaluate your problem. You need to see a doc to go over details of your pain & have an exam. From there, you & your doc can decide what are the next best steps to take to get you feeling better. ...Read more

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Stomach feel full all the time, barely eat, hurts, pain in back right side, pelvic area feels full n uncomfortable. Colonoscopy ok. 3cm ovrn cysts.?

Stomach feel full all the time, barely eat, hurts,  pain in back right side, pelvic area feels full n uncomfortable. Colonoscopy ok. 3cm ovrn cysts.?

Need more workup: With your additional medical problems, you need to have your doctor work this up completely. There are many possible reasons to have your symptoms, which will take probably many tests to evaluate. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy cause damage to pelvic girdle. Hurts so bad . Been so long. Hurts in groin, where muscles (adductor (spell) are. Please help. ?

Can a colonoscopy cause damage to pelvic girdle.  Hurts so bad . Been so long.  Hurts in groin, where muscles (adductor (spell) are. Please help. ?

Usually not but...: Colonoscopies are routine screening procedures for older americans, to look for colon cancer. Usually, there are no after effects, so a person feels fine afterwards. If there are symptoms, one should return to her primary care doctor and to her G.I. Specialist to see what is going on, and to see if there is a complication from the colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Chronic upper left ab pain. Been treated for severe constipation. Blood test and pelvic exam clear as was colonoscopy. What could be cause?

Chronic upper left ab pain. Been treated for severe constipation. Blood test and pelvic exam clear as was colonoscopy. What could be cause?

Need more info: It seems to be chronic constipation, but really need more info to be able to help you with this and these forums are very limited. If your colonoscopy, pelvic exam and blood tests are negative, that is a good start. There are a few other imaging modalities, but the decision of which one really depends on knowing the whole story. Definitely continue speaking with your doc. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy 2days ago for right pelvic pain. Normal. Biopsied Ileum. Now RLQ pain (higher up). Burning/sore feeling. Hurts when moving. Should I worry?

Colonoscopy 2days ago for right pelvic pain. Normal. Biopsied Ileum. Now RLQ pain (higher up). Burning/sore feeling. Hurts when moving. Should I worry?

Pain: I would call the physician that did the procedure. Biopsies are performed frequently without problems, but there is a risk for perforation of the bowel. ...Read more

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3/12 history anal & lower back pain. Saw gastro..colonoscopy & uss abdomen & pelvis both clear. Still got symptoms. Could all this be my back?

Would B a good bet-: -C a fellowship trained spine surgeon. I prefer orthopedics, but i am biased. Neurosurgeons go through the same training, so your choice. ...Read more

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I have lower left pain in by stomach/pelvic area. I have had several tests including colonoscopy (5 years ago), CT scan, ultra sound with no luck. ?

Explanation: Negative tests results do not mean "no luck". It's good! Because mean that you do not have something very bad!!! Discuss your plan with your doctor for further observation. ...Read more

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Chronic pelvic pain on left side over 1 year. Had 2 CT scans, colonoscopy, ultra sounds. All ok. Found a fibroid in same pain location, had hysterectomy 5 weeks ago. Pain still there. Any other ideas?

Chronic pelvic pain on left side over 1 year. Had 2 CT scans, colonoscopy, ultra sounds. All ok. Found a fibroid in same pain location, had hysterectomy 5 weeks ago. Pain still there. Any other ideas?

Could be normal : Postop incisional pain which sometimes may take upto 6-8 weks to go away. I would check for signs of infection such as redness around the incision, or any drainage. If your pain is deep inside tand associated with fevers then u may need an imaging study to rule out any post op abscess. Follow up with your surgeon and he/she will guide you. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy shows 10cm ulcerative tumor in sigmoid colon but disease also in liver section 4&5, pelvic area, peritoneal and splenic bed what options?

Colonoscopy shows 10cm ulcerative tumor in sigmoid colon but disease also in liver section 4&5, pelvic area, peritoneal and splenic bed what options?

Go see an Oncologist: It looks like you have advanced case of colon cancer. There is fairly good treatment for this type of cancer. But you need to find a medical oncologist and consult him/her for further treatment right away. ...Read more

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I've tenesmus a year, colonoscopy, pelvic tomography and magnetic resonance normal, did 3 rubber band ligation for tiny hemorrhoids. It would be ibs?

I've tenesmus a year, colonoscopy, pelvic tomography and magnetic resonance normal, did 3 rubber band ligation for tiny hemorrhoids. It would be ibs?

After the tests: Hello, After all tests are done, if you are left with that sinking feeling that nothing is really diagnosibly wrong with you yet your symptoms are worse than ever, consider the global artistry of bowel health is not always about diagnosis but rather about the practice and strategic approach to a better functioning bowel. I believe your treatable issue will likely take more than a quick tip. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy and pelvic CT 6 months ago for IBS , all clear. Would these tests have detected anal cancer? I have hx of genital low risk HPV.

I had a colonoscopy and pelvic CT 6 months ago for IBS , all clear. Would these tests have detected anal cancer? I have hx of genital low risk HPV.

Very unlikely: These tests would not be likely to detect anal cancer. If you have a bump on or near your anus, pain, or anal bleeding, see a doctor. Without those, the chance of anal cancer is near zero if you have not been anally penetrated by another man. Anal cancer is quite rare in males, with only about 3,000 cases per year in the US, mostly in gay men. But ask your MD for exam if still uncertain. ...Read more

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++ anxiety.5 mths bowel habit change fatigue right sided+ leg pain. Colonoscopy, abdo+ pelvic scan normal. CRP 20. Doc running out of ideas. Help?

++ anxiety.5 mths bowel habit change fatigue right sided+ leg pain. Colonoscopy, abdo+ pelvic scan normal. CRP 20. Doc running out of ideas. Help?

Here is one more ide: Anxiety is a chronic disease for which there is no quick fix . So I will give you a simple recipe which will help you provided you follow it religiously and without fail. The best medicine for you is a daily exercise which will be simple& practical : Take daily walks, preferably first thing in the morning. If you can devote 30 minutes for walking briskly, it will do wonders for you. Send report in ...Read more

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Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more