Jejunal Intussusception and Bowel Problems
I am a 32 year old male and have been having some issues for a while and was hoping to get some advice from those who know about intussusception. I finished chemotherapy just over two years ago and have been having ct-scans and MRI's of my abdomen and pelvis for re-staging purposes quarterly and now semi-annually and have been "all clear" since.
However, over the past few months, I seem to be having some bowel problems which seem to be getting worse. My abdomen always feels bloated and I get unusual pains (almost burning to cramping) on both sides of my abdomen at the belly button level that is more uncomfortable when sitting vs. standing. I will go three to four days with no bowel movements, but then I will eat something and out of the blue it will trigger horrible abdominal pain (gas) and then diarrhea less than 30 minutes after eating and I will have diarrhea for several days. Then it is back to the waiting game for the next round. I can't seem to pinpoint any specific foods that are causing it, but when it happens, there better be a restroom close. Also, when this happens, there is floating stool with what seems to be white foam or something around it.
OK, so on to the intussusception. I just got my last ct-scan results and it mentions there is jejunal intussusception with no bowel obstruction. My oncologist is a genitourinary Dr. and didn't seem to know a whole lot about it and is frankly more interested in cancer. This is also the first scan that this has showed up on. Having re-looked at the images, I have them on CD, it is very obvious and looks like a target with one ring inside the other.
I was thinking of going to a gastroenterologist before I even had the ct-scan, but am now wondering if the intussusception could resolve itself, be left alone, or if it needs medical attention. Any advice would be helpful.