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15 Sep 2021 11:19 in response to LauraP

Hi Laura did you have lots of pain with your stage of cancer ? X

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15 Sep 2021 11:30 in response to Dawnann62

Hi Dawnann

I know you addressed your question to Laura, and I had a slightly different stage of cancer, but I definitely had a lot of pain. x

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15 Sep 2021 11:36 in response to Minska

Hi minska what stage was your cancer at x

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15 Sep 2021 11:38 in response to Dawnann62

I was stage 2b, and Laura was stage 2a. x

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15 Sep 2021 13:45 in response to Minska

Hi minska I was in pain last week with period like cramps but since the antibiotics have kicked in for the infection in the cervix the pain has really eased just a slight ache in the bone above the vagina I'm not bleeding all the time just a spot about twice a week, so I'm holding on to that hope it couldn't have gone far, although she said it did look like high risk x could I ask if they know the grade after the biopsy or the scans x

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15 Sep 2021 14:03 in response to Dawnann62

Hi Dawnann

The nurse saying something looks high risk doesn’t mean it’s necessarily cancer. A biopsy confirms whether something is cancer or not, and grade refers to the level of abnormality in the cells. The stage of the cancer is determined from scans, and the size, location and spread of the tumour-I’m assuming you are asking how the stage is established? The stage will determine the appropriate treatment plan.  x

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15 Sep 2021 14:06 in response to Minska

Thank you that makes things clearer xx

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15 Sep 2021 14:27 in response to Minska

Hello, just wanted to update you as you have been so reassuring and such a help. 
It was all good at my appointment today, straight away consultant said nothing to worry about, a case of cervical ectropion. He said a lot of women come in terrified due to the reaction of the GP. 
 

Though I've had a few sleepless nights,I am glad the doc took it seriously and referred so quickly. I'd rather that than they didn't and left something that could be serious.

wishing all you lovely ladies all the best. xxxx

 

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15 Sep 2021 15:56 in response to Sooz77

Hi Sooz

This is excellent news-I’m so pleased for you getting such a positive outcome. xx

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15 Sep 2021 16:49 in response to Sooz77

That's such good news so pleased for you xx

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15 Sep 2021 23:51 in response to Minska

Hi Minska,

I have just created an account here and this is my first post. I have read most of this thread since the beginning and wondered if you could help answer some questions I've not seen covered yet?

When you say you had a lot of pain, can you elaborate on this please? I have been having symptoms since July of pain in my pelvic area, often worse at night and quite severe. Always there sometimes dull sometimes very bad. I have also had very watery, brownish discharge with a foul odour. A lot of it. Wearing bladder pads to absorb it but does not mask the smell, it's just awful. (Sorry for too much info) I had swabs done which came back no bacterial infection present. I have had irregular bleeding for the last 12 or so months. I have blood in the discharge too. I get slight back pain in my lower back at the sides. I know it's there but it's not severe enough to want pain relief. I have had a smear test in July and the results only came back yesterday. The hospital messaged me today to book a colposcopy and biopsy next Wednesday. I also have an ultrasound scan booked this Saturday due to ongoing symptoms. This was made before the smear results came back.

I'm a one parent family and my daughter is 8 and fully dependant on me, so I am worried sick. Do these symptoms sound familiar to you? Thank you x

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16 Sep 2021 06:48 in response to sophieb959

Hi Sophie and welcome. 

I’m not sure that it’s always helpful to compare symptoms, as it can increase anxiety where you have no diagnosis and might be tempted to self diagnosis with cancer when it’s something completely different and much less serious. 

To be honest, your symptoms are different to mine-I had no foul discharge for example and when I say I had pain, I am talking about bent over in pain, take your breath away pain because I did actually have a tumour there. Also heavy bleeds of bright red blood. 

Having a colposcopy will allow your cervix to be examined in greater detail and any abnormal area can be identified, and biopsies will be taken and analysed. To be honest, although it’s hard not to worry when you have unexplained symptoms, there really is no need to automatically jump to thinking you have cancer. It’s way more likely to be something much less serious. The ultrasound may be helpful in identifying what’s going on but isn’t used normally as a diagnostic test for cervical cancer. I hope your appointment goes well next week and you get some answers which will put your mind at rest. x

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17 Sep 2021 10:51 in response to Dawnann62

Good morning minska, I'm so scared I've been crying for days while I'm waiting for these biopsy results, could you run me through your symptoms please, it really helps to talk, I'm frightened it's gone past the stage of no help even though my symptoms are very mild, you never know x

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17 Sep 2021 11:14 in response to Dawnann62

Morning Dawnann

I’m sorry you’re getting yourself in such a state about this, without a diagnosis yet. I was post menopausal, so my symptoms are going to be different to someone who isn’t. I said to a previous poster that I don’t think it’s very helpful to compare symptoms, especially as you are so anxious. I’m not here to frighten anyone further or help them to self diagnose-I’d rather be positive along the lines of no news is good news! Until someone tells you that you have cancer, it isn’t cancer.

Let me first reassure you that there is no stage where there is no help. You seem to be already writing yourself off here! Even advanced cancer is treatable, and I am not for a moment suggesting you have advanced cancer or even cancer. The nurse has already told you that she believes what she saw is something treatable, so I honestly think you should hold onto positive statements like that.

The mild symptoms you are experiencing are not indicative of advanced cervical cancer-I know what that feels like because I’ve experienced it and it’s very tough. You will only scare yourself further reading horror stories and I really don’t think that would be helpful for you. I just don’t want to be a source of further anxiety for you-it’s not that I’m not trying to help, but if you’ve been crying for days already it wouldn’t be useful to make that even worse for you. We have all had to wait it out for biopsy results and it’s not easy, but personally I didn’t make any assumptions until the doctor told me my diagnosis. From then on, I adopted a positive mindset, and was determined to be well. Tomorrow is 3 years from my diagnosis, and I’m here enjoying life! I don’t want to minimise your fear in any way as I understand it, but you don’t know what’s wrong yet, so try not to overthink everything at this stage.x

 

 

 

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17 Sep 2021 13:38 in response to Minska

Thank you so much, every bit of groin pain, a twinge in my back and even going for a wee I'm focusing on and then I'm on google and it's becoming an obsession, hopefully I can adopt your positive mind set when I know for sure x