It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Cancer: Colon Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-28-2011, 08:02 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Shelbyville TN
Posts: 12
heartofwisdom HB User
Time symptomatic until cancer was diagnosed?

How long were you symptomatic until cancer was diagnosed?

I ask because I have had bleeding and anemia and bowel trouble for years. No doctor can find anything yet I still bleed enough to need iron infusions every few months.

Sometimes I sit on the tolet and bleed so much its like turning on a faucet (barley but steady stream). Always bright red. I have to stuff washrags between my legs whens it is bad.

In the last 5 years I have had monthly or bi-weekly hematologist visits for severe anemia from rectal bleeding. I have had over 20 blood transfusions. 20 or more iron infusions.

I have been through dozens of tests (upper and lower endoscopes) and switched 3 times to a new gastroenterologist.

Last iron infusion was in September. I drink daily oral iron, green drinks and take a handful of vitamins and minerals daily trying to keep iron up. Yesterday the do says iron falling again (although feritin around 70 up from 4 last infusion). I HATE iron infusions. I get hives, fever, turn bright red and go to bed for days.

Due to FRUSTRATION, I have not seen a gastrologist for about a year. I figured I wait until I passed out or had a huge tumor no one could ignore and they can find the trouble then. But my hematologist convinced me to try a new doctor again. Appt in two weeks.

Any help or advice appreciated.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Worried that I might have Colon Cancer James Wolfe Cancer: Colon 5 05-02-2008 05:26 PM
3 Brothers, all diag. w/colon cancer @ same time, Success Story bhutline Cancer: Colon 4 04-21-2008 07:56 PM
How Long Does It Take to Die of Colon Cancer lgcwbc Cancer: Colon 6 11-17-2007 08:43 AM
question about relatives having colon cancer paulcindy88 Cancer: Colon 2 12-04-2006 08:23 AM
Recovery Time? hoping4best Cancer: Colon 302 02-16-2006 07:23 PM

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.


There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added

Top 10 Drugs Discussed on this Board.
(Go to for complete list)
Nexium Potassium


WhistleDixie (7), Nassau one (4), LESLIETOO (4), gwb123 (4), solofelix (4), Daisy65 (4), JJSMITH (3), kjmiller (3), Misssty (3), ladybud (3)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1180), MSJayhawk (1013), Apollo123 (909), Titchou (856), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (763), ladybud (755), midwest1 (670), sammy64 (668), BlueSkies14 (607)

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:46 AM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!