Anal Exam Under Anesthesia

Hi All:  Just an update on my exam under anesthesia yesterday.  It was like a Pap exam, only on my bum.  I was at the hospital from 1:00 in the afternoon until 6:00 last night.  Dr. Worden aid there weren't any fissures or  hemorrhoids and she said..... MY TUMOR IS GONE!  She said that the area is still really raw from the radiation and gave me some Botox injections to hopefully help with the spams and pain.  The good news is the tumor is gone!  Yeeeee Hawww!

I'm hoping this pain goes away sometime soon. I'm back to walking every day, but this feeling of having a painful stick up my butt all the time is really getting old. 

My son is getting married in New Hampshire in July and at this point I can't even imagine sitting for hours on a plane from Seattle to Boston and then driving another hour or so to his place in New Hampshire. Right now I either sit to the side on one cheek or with my leg underneath me or I use a pillow to prop me up on one side so I'm not sitting directly on my bum. He knows what I'm going through and understands that there's a chance I won't be able to make it.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed these Botox injections help me get back to some kind of normal.  But... THE TUMOR IS GONE!


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For sitting, I used a cushion with the center strip cut out, which was helpful. And my UCSF doc recommended heat for the pain since most of it is nerve pain. Apparently this type of pain responds well. I used to take really hot epsom salt baths to help with the all day pain. In addition I loved my seat warmers in my car - didn't matter how warm it was outside. It really helped to calm the nerve pain down there. You can also try a heating pad, or a really hot wet compress. You will be better by July.
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Congrats - that’s wonderful news! I’ll be curious to know how the Botox helps - my doc had said that was an option, but I didn’t do it. But I know exactly how you are feeling - have you asked your doc about It really helped me with the nerve pain.
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WooHoo!!!!! Awesome News!!!
I am so glad you don’t have fissures or hemorrhoids to deal with on top of the burns. size and location of our tumors can really make a difference in the size of wound left after treatment. Hopefully the Botox will help and your radiation Dr. will be more sympathetic to your pain.
❤️❤️❤️❤️great news Wendy❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Fantastic news, a huge congratulations!!!!
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Great news! I am so happy for you! I had my first anoscopy under general anesthesia too because of unbearable pain. Last month I had the third one, and it was fine with one pill of Norco only. Your pain should be better and better. Give yourself some time to heal. Hugs!
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That is great news! So it means the healing will take some time, but all else is negative! The best thing for healing is to improve the blood supply, which can be done with heat. Daisy had a suggestion about that, and I always recommend tub baths, nice and warm, at least two per day. It really helps bring the healing oxygenated blood to the area. If your WBC count is low, they can help that too, which improves healing, but you have not mentioned that. Are you using stool softeners and lots of water? A painful poop makes us all cry, even thinking about it.
I think some more pain medication is in order, now that you have documented evidence of why you HURT! Ask for some! But, you must take stool softener with narcotics, always. I hope you turn that corner soon, keep the faith, it seems like post treatment is sometimes worse that during. I'm picturing you at the wedding!
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I do drink lots of water and try to take a stool softener every day. I actually just bought a new bottle at Costco today! I'm going to try using a heating pad when I sit down in the evening. I stand all day until it's time to relax in the evening. Most of my work is on the computer, which is on my counter high enough to stand and work ergonomically. I just got a nice floor pad to stand on.
Such great news and so happy for you! Yes, it will take time and hopefully it will be way less or gone by July. I take a cushion with me everywhere. I cannot sit on hard surfaces or for a long time without some padding. It helps. xo
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Congratulations!!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 Great news!!! Maybe try a pillow with no filling in the middle so you take the pressure off that spot. I have a hard time with long sitting. I hope you can make it to the wedding and celebrate two awesome things!!
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Wendy, there are “doughnut” cusions that are in a circle that let your behind be in an open space. I would hate to have you miss your son’s wedding! Hang in there, and a lot can heal in a month! Keep us posted.
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Such great news! I hope the botox injections will ease your pain and that by the time of the wedding your pain is gone. Take care!
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GREAT post and news, thanks! You can get pillows made to spare the end of your spine from pressure...I have one on my desk chair now. You will be fine by July !!!
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Great News! I hope that you find some ease in your healing process so that you can attend your son's wedding. Sending prayers and hugs your way!
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I am glad this is answered and I hope these problems conclude soon!
I do remember the pains, and obviously depending on each persons pain level, tumor location, etc; the pain varies for each patient.
hugs, e
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I am glad you heard that the tumor is gone. Hopefully, the Botox will help with healing things quickly. Best wishes on finding a way to manage pain, so you can attend your son's wedding.
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Fantastic news that the cancer is gone! And as for botox for the bum (UK English...), who would have ever thought?? July is going to be fine, you'll be telling us all how the wedding went. Take care
Yay good news Wendy. July is still far away si u have time to see how the healing progresses.
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Vital Info


March 21, 2019

Everett, Washington 98203

May 28, 1960

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

Anal Cancer Stage 3A - Squamous Cell Carcinoma

December 2

Stage 3A

4.1 - 5.0 cm


Just the fact I have it!

It sucks!

Providence Regional Cancer Center

March 1

Blood in poo for a couple of years. Assumed it was hemorrhoids. Didn't want to deal with it as I had surgery for that years ago and spent a week in the hospital. Very painful recovery. When the blood started squirting out before pee or poo... I figured there was a problem.


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