Topic: Post surgery questions
In January, I had my gall bladder, bile ducts, and part of my liver removed. Since then my stomach makes loads of liquid sounds...bubble here, bubble there. Sounds and feels like it is higher than my stomach. I got sick in Scotland while attending a wedding and had my surgery there, no I am back in Sweden with a different doctor who has no real experience with this procedure. He thinks it is just that since I have been replumbed, my small intestine is now closer to my outside than when it was tucked behind all those bits that were removed. He thinks the sounds are normal, but I amm not so sure. Are they? Is anyone else now making their own special effects?
I also feel a bit "acidic" in the area, not quite heartburn as it is a little higher I think, but something similar. Anyone with this? Should I worry?
Also, I just got back from a somewhat incompetant oncologist (first time seeing one since my surgery 6 months ago, please dont get me started on that!). She had no answers for me either. She couldnt even give me the signs I need to look out for that would signal a return of the cancer. Does anyone know what these signs could be? Turning yellow again? From other posts I know weight loss and fever, but anything else?
Anyone know if this type of tumor feeds on hormones? I am 32 and want children. I know that some cancers are terrible for women and return or grow as a result of pregnancy hormones. Is this one of those? Yes, I know that statistically it really shouldnt be a concern, that I should be concerned with a return of the tumor, but I am trying to plan LIFE not cancer if that makes sense.
Any women on birth control pill? Got off it while my liver was growing back as I didnt want to stress my liver. Anyone know if it is possible to get back on it.
Ok, that is enough questions for now. Sorry there are so many but I am an oddity to the wonderful surgon who now is in charge of my care (he is actually very good and caring) and my oncologist was just sloppy and unbelievbly clueless (in the process of getting a new one!)
36 year old patient with buckets of hope