Has Anyone Had Colon Cancer Mis-diagnosed as Depression, Fibromyalgia, Etc.?

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Has Anyone Had Colon Cancer Misdiagnosed as Depression, Fibromyalgia, Etc.?

by Michael on Sun Nov 21, 2004 12:00 AM

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Hi, My name is Mike. I was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the sigmoid in July of 2004, and had colectomy in August 2004. Reports show no residual cancer. No chemotherapy. After nearly 2 years of being told I had depression (none of the treatments worked} and possibly fibromyalgia, I changed doctors. This one said autoimmune disease, and refered me to a rheumatologist who felt things didn't add up, ordered a colonoscopy and found the cancer. Here is my question. Has any one experienced severe fatigue and flu type muscle aches and stiffness for a year or two leading up to their CA diagnosis, or been misdiagnosed as I was? If so, did the symptoms subside, and how long did it take? After 3 months, I still have them. The rheumatologist feels they are caused by chemical changes from the cancer. May God have His hand on you who read this. A fellow survivor. Mike

Cancer/fibromyalgia is Not an "either-or" Question

by Sharon_B_10 on Thu Dec 02, 2004 12:00 AM

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Hi, Mike! For whatever it's worth, I am not a cancer patient, but I have had problems with issues similar to fibromyalgia, such as chronic candidiasis, reactive hypoglycemia, etc. So I've been interested in nutrition and health issues for many years. I'm on the CTCA email list because my mom has cancer. It seems that when your body is running poorly, whatever the cause, you're more likely to develop other problems. One biochemical task that isn't happening properly may impact many others. God created the human body with what seems (to me) to be thousands of interactive biochemical processes. The more of them do not get the nutritional imput they need, or the more of them that are hindered by emotional stress or lack of sleep or whatever, the easier it is to develop LOTS of other problems. My mom had Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It turned into colon cancer. One thing led to the other. So, if you have fibromyalgia or depression, they would easily hinder your body from fighting its normal battles against disease, allowing a cancer cell to develop and grow. Unfortunately, when a doctor thinks he has "THE" diagnosis pinned down, he may not look further. Good thing YOU did! Sharon B.

To Mike S.

by Polly57 on Mon Jan 10, 2005 12:00 AM

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I read your note with interest as my story is very similar. I also had been wrongly diagnosed for a long while. I was diagnosed with stage IIIb colon adenocarcinoma in 1998. For one whole year, I kept going to the doctor with symptoms such as - depression; tired; fibromyalgia-like symptoms (aching joints;and overall soreness). Some mornings,it was a chore to get out of bed. This went on for nearly a year. One day at work, I passed out. (I work at the hospital). My hemoglobin blood count was 6 wherein the normal is about 14. I was very anemic. They put me in the hospital right away and did some tests. I had surgery a few days later. A tumour was found on my ureter, causing my urine to stop, and causing the build-up of toxins in my body. This caused alot of other problems and they didn't think I would live. Well, I did but things continued to get worse. I had chemo and radiation but the cancer came back to my psoas muscle. I had more surgery, more chemo, more radiation and it came back again, this time fast and furious, to my bones. That is where I'm at now. Last November, 2004, I was given months to live. I consider myself fortunate as I celebrated last X-mas and was around also for this X-mas. I still have all my aches and pains and the depression but I try to be optimistic. Some days, I find that most difficult. My doctors don't know why I have all these joint problems but I do - I swear its from all the chemo and radiation that I had. I have done alot of research and this is the only plausible solution that makes any sense to me. I hope this helps you out abit, Mike and I wish you well. Take care and God bless. I will say a special prayer for you tonight. I think prayer is about all I have left. Oh no, I forgot - HOPE - I have alot of that!

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by Michael on Tue Jan 11, 2005 12:00 AM

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Dear Eileen, Thank you for your response to my message. I still have the aches and pains, which the doctors say are from the toxins. I am an ex-medical lab tech, thus I push a little harder for answers than the average patient. I Will be praying for you. I know that When man gives up on us, and we give up on man, God can go to work. IN our humility and weaknness, His strength is made perfect. It is only by God directing my steps that I survived. I have prayed for you to receive a supernatural healing. I have asked Him to hold you in his arms and strengthen your body tonight. Mike S.

Misdiagnosed Colon Cancer

by Anna_R on Tue Jan 18, 2005 12:00 AM

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Hi Mike- My mom has colon cancer that has spread to her liver. She was diagnosed in May of 2003, but only after taking every type of antidepressant for 6 months. Two of my brothers had recently been deployed to Iraq and Mom's doctor thought that when she became so fatigued, aching, sleeping and crying all of the time that she was depressed and started prescribing various meds. After several months of increasing dosages, changing meds with no positive effects, we insisted that she have some tests run. They immediately determined that she was very anemic and scheduled her for a colonoscopy during which they discovered a very large tumor blocking her colon. Her surgeon told us that depression symptoms are common with very low blood counts simply because her brain was not getting enough oxygen. She takes a procrit shot each week which helps maintain her blood count. She continues with fatigue and aching (particularly in her back and tailbone) but we feel that those are due to the chemo and all of the stress her body has had to endure. I wish you the best. Mom was given 6 months and we have had her for 20--we all believe in the power of prayer and feel like that belief has carried her this far. Anna

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by Michael on Wed Jan 19, 2005 12:00 AM

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Dear Anna, Thank you for your response. I can certainly relate to what you are saying. I wish your mother the best, and pray the healing hand of God will be on her for a complete recovery. When we are down to where God is all we have left, we discover that he is all we need. Keep doing what you can in the natural, and let him take care of the things man can't handle. It sure sounds like he has already intervened. May God bless and strengthen Mom and your family.I am so glad that she beat the doctors' call. Keep up the prayers. He has done amazing things for me.


by Andrea on Thu Jan 27, 2005 12:00 AM

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Hi Mike, My name is Andrea and I am a 31 year old stage IV colon cancer patient. For two years leading up to my diagnosis I had flu like symptons and pain in my right side (liver was hurting). I finally convinced my primary care physician to schedule me for an ultrasound. They still did not believe I had cancer until a CT scan revealed tumors on my ovaries, colon, and liver. I was diagnosed July 2004 and had surgery the same month. My colon was resected, both ovaries removed, and my gall bladder was removed. I now do chemo with Avastin, Oxilaplatin, 5FU, and Leucovorin. So far my tumors are shrinking. What's left is in one lung and my liver. They are going to switch me from Oxiliplatin to Camposar because I've developed a reaction to the Oxiliplatin. How are you doing? Andrea
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