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  • Sherri, Wichita Falls, TX
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  • April 27, 2005

    I WENT FOR A ROUTINE PAP IN APRIL OF 2003, YES, I WAS NEGLEGENT IN GOING FOR MY FOLLOW UP AND WAITED FOR FIVE YEARS, BECAUSE I WASN^T HAVING ANY PROBLEMS. UNTIL I BEGAN TO HAVE HEAVY CLOTTING IN APRIL. I GOT THE NEWS A FEW DAYS LATER OF INVASIVE SMALL CELL CARCINOMA OF THE CERVIX. I SAW AN GYN./ONCOLOGIST IN BEDFORD TX. THE NEXT WEEK AND HAD RADICAL HYST.WITH LYMPHNODE DISECTION THE FOLLOWING WEEK. ABOUT A MONTH LATER I STARTED RADIATION EVERY DAY FOR FIVE WEEKS AND LOW DOSE CHEMO ONCE A WEEK. I FELT PRETTY GOOD THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE TREATMENT I CONTINUED TO WORK FULL TIME AND LIVED ON IMMODIUM AS EVERYONE CAN RELATE. BUT THAT WAS THE ON IMMEDIATE SIDE EFFECT THAT I EXPERIENCED. NOW WE JUMP AHEAD TO THE PRESENT AND THE DELAYED SIDE EFFECTS FROM RADIATION ARE OCCURRING. IN NOV. 04 I BEGAN TO DEVELOPE RT. GROIN PAIN AND PAIN IN MY LOW BACK. I WENT FOR AN MRI THINKING I HAD A PINCHED NERVE FROM MOVING MY DAUGHTER WEEKS BEFORE. WELL TO MY SURPRISE IT SHOWED A MUCH MORE SEVERE SITUATION. MY RT. KIDNEY WAS ENLARGED 4 TIMES THE SIZE OF MY LEFT. I THEN SAW A UROLOGIST THE SAME DAY AND HAD A CT WHICH SHOW A RT. URETER STRICTURE RESULTING FROM SCAR TISSUE IN AND AROUD THE URETER. THE DOCTOR WAS ABLE TO PLACE A STENT AND DRAIN THE KIDNEY, WHICH SAVE MY KIDNEY. WELL THAT WAS OVER! I CONTINUED TO HAVE INCREASING PAIN TO MY RT. GROIN WHICH WAS UNEXPLAINED, I WENT THROUGH NERVE TESTING WHICH SHOWED ALL NORMAL , YET SYMPTOMS PERSISTED. BY THE END OF FEB.04 MY RT. LEG BEGAN TO SWELL AND DISCOLOR. I GAINED OVER 17 LBS. OF FLUID IN A WEEKS TIME , DIURETICS DID NOTHING TO RELEASE FLUID. I WAS THEN SEEN BY A CARDIOLOGIST AND SENT FOR A VENOUS DOPPLER AND VENOGRAM. THIS FINALLY ANSWER THE PROBLEM. I HAD A 95% OCCLUSSION OF THE RT. ILIAC VEIN AND WENT TO CATH. LABS AND HAD A STENT PLACE. WELL NOW I HAVE A STENT HERE AND A STENT THERE. I^M FEELING BETTER BUT I^M LEFT WONDERING WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS! IF ANYONE HAS EXPERIENCED ANY OF MY SAME SIDE EFFECTS . THANKS FOR LISTENING. I DO HAVE A GREAT HUSBAND OF 21 YRS. AND LOVING KIDS AND FAMILY AND COULDN^T GOT THROUGH THIS WIHTOUT THEM.

  • 09-03 -2005
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