Hurting after pelvic and internal radiation...
Since my internal and external radiation, my pelvic area and colon have never been the same. My urethra burns, and because of the treatment, I went into menopause 25 years too early. I just have lots of burning, dryness, inflamation and tenderness. It's been 3 years, but my doctor said it can take that long to see what damage is created from the radiation. During my internal radiation, they inserted a rod into my rectum and "Zapped" me, over a 2 month period. I felt like I was abducted by aliens. I see my doctors regularly. I'm on HRT and fosomax, to protect my bones, and Elmiron, to help the urethritis. The rectal pain subsides if I can stay regular. At times though, I'm in a state of dispair, because of the pain. Has anyone else out there gone through similar symptoms, after their radiation? How do you cope? Now, I'm nervous, because my gyno. said that pelvic radiation can cause uterine cancer. My mom just died of cervical cancer too, but I don't think I could handle a hysterectomy right now. Guess I should now check out that part of the board too. Thanks for listening.
Last edited by wmkcolors; 05-18-2005 at 05:40 AM.