| | Cramping & Bloating - Anyone Experience This?
Hi all. I am 49, overweight and haven't had a period for 18 months. For the last couple of years I've had the menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, slight hair loss, anxiety, and occasional abdominal cramping/bloating but all have been manageable. I've had fibroids for several years, one approx 6 cm, which are pretty stable and never caused too much trouble. Have also dealt with on and off IBS since high school and am almost two years post-colon resection for Stage I colon cancer so I'm used to dealing with gastro issues. Just 2 weeks ago, I was also treated in the ER for a nasty UTI, which seems to be better.
Lately, the abdominal cramping and slight bloating/fullness have become more frequent-occurring almost daily. The discomfort is mostly in my lower abdomen and feels like the beginning of a period that never comes. I wake up feeling "ok" in the morning but the symptoms worsen as the day goes on. Not excruciating, just uncomfortable and annoying. However, if I'm having a bad gastro day, the discomfort is definitely worse. Resting with my feet up helps but can't do that at work ;o). Advil also helps but don't think its a good idea to take (6+) Advil per day.
Within the last couple of weeks I have also noticed some intermittent breast aches and a definite change in my emotions - feeling lethargic, a little depressed, more irritable etc.
Because of my annual CC follow ups, I have had a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, "internal" pelvic ultrasound, mammogram/breast ultrasound, chest/abdominal/pelvic x-rays and CT scans within the last few months, which have all been good.
I gained approx 25 lbs since the surgery (not good when I was already 200 lbs) and thought this might be part of the problem but have started a weight loss program and am already seeing results. Would like to add on more physical activity but finding it difficult with the cramping.
When I spoke to my ob/gyn a few month ago (before the frequency increased), he said that since my entire abdominal area had been through so much "trauma" because of the open resection it might always be a sensitive area and it would be difficult to determine whether symptoms were gyno or gastro related. I do understand this but am reaching out to everyone to see if anyone has had these symptoms and what works for them?
Thank you all and have a great day ...