Originally Posted by Juneymoon
John thanks for your reply. As a matter of fact I am not taking anything. I was taking something to help urinate for a while but since I am not having a real problem going the doctor didn't want me taking anything if I don't have too. Metamucil is basically fiber right? I have other fibers that I am taking. as you would imagine life styles change and fiber is regular part of my diet. Stools are not always soft just when I have certain things to eat. I am almost a year since treatment and the only lingering effect is the need to go. frequent bowels. 2 - 3 times a day. and just the feeling of urgency.
sometimes I'm afraid I might crap
on myself. not a good feeling.
All the symptoms that you are experiencing are the same ones that I experienced after my salvage radiation therapy. And we are not alone. There are several people that have posted on this board about having the same problems after RT.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It took me about a year and a half to get back to what I considered almost "normal". It's been about 23 months now since the RT and I would have to say that I'm back to being 99.9% normal. It does take quite awhile for things to heal up. You have to remember that the RT does destroy good cells as well as bad and it takes time for the good cells to rejuvenate. Hopefully the cancer cells never will!
So hang in there. I'm sure you will see improvement in your condition as time passes. I know it can be extremely frustrating at times, especially when you have those overwhelming urges to have a bowel movement and you aren't in the immediate vicinity of a toilet. At times like that, it seems like all the butt clenching power in the universe is still not enough! I remember those days only too well and hope to never see them again.
As far as the problems urinating, I too had those as well but the bladder irritation causing the urination problems didn't seem to last as long as the bowel irritation. I would imagine it's different for everyone as far as the length of time for recovery is concerned.