Symptoms Experienced W/bladder Cancer????

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Symptoms Experienced W/bladder Cancer????

by Adria on Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:00 AM

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I had bladder tumor removed in May. About the same time, I began to experience: tingling in legs, feet, hands; shaking & quivering all over(so bad it is difficult to do anything & tires me because my muscles quiver all the time); feelings like bugs crawling under my skin - all the time...some of these subside when I lie down. I've not lost weight, and feel that if these symptoms would just STOP, I would feel really well. Has anyone else had this type of thing? At this time, we are trying seratonin re-uptake meds, but a week of that hasn't helped (so far). All this began BEFORE I began the Cesium High pH therapy, so that's not the cause. I don't really believe it is cancer-related-- probably stress as we are in the process of buying another place, selling ours, and moving 150 miles away. Yet, I do wonder. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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by Sheilab on Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:00 AM

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My husband has bladder cancer and did not have the tumor removed, but underwent 7 weeks of radiation/chemo to possibly shrink the tumor for removal. To make a long story short, he has had several complications - transfusions, infections, DVT's - and we are pursuing other further treatments. I have noticed the symptoms you describe, especially lately - the shaking, tremors, twitching, especially when he sleeps. He doesn't seem to realize he's shaking, but I do. I think it might be after effects of the chemo (neuropathy?) or his pain meds. I guess it could be stress; I know he's had alot of that these past few months.

Trembling/shakiness.....

by Adria on Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:00 AM

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Sheilab -- how about weakness in legs--unsteadiness, a stumbling-type gait??? I have visible shaking/trembling/quivering...it subsides when I lie down. Only the tingling might continue during sleep, as it's there when I wake up. I do not feel lightheaded.... I've not had chemo nor radiation...besides mine began BEFORE ANY treatment other than the surgery. Thanks for your reply, tho. Perhaps it's similar; perhaps not....perhaps others will reply which may help us both understand.

Bladder Cancer

by Nanajulie on Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:00 AM

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I had no sysptoms with my bladder cancer. I have a tumor in my left adrenal gland and it was found back in June of 2003. I have to have it checked out every 3 months to make sure it doese not grow. It is not cancer but it could cause the gland to burst if it gets too big. During one of the 3 months check ups is when they found my 1st tumor in my bladder. I had it removed in Oct of 2003 and then 3 months later FEb,of 2004 2 more tumors appeared and again had them removed then 6 months later Aug of 2004 3 more tumors appeared and they were removed. They were in stage 2 so had not gone into the walls. It is a very aggressive type cancer and said could stay in my body for up to 20 years as I do smoke and have for 35yrs. I have been very very lucky. I had no symptoms to put me on alarm for the cancer. I had 6 BCG treatments the last of 2004 and 1st of 2005. I am now going every 3 months to get it checked out and have now been told will have to have the BCG treatments for 3 sessions every 3 months for the next 3 years. Also will be getting Pyelogram and a Cystourethroscopy done every 3 months. I was very very lucky as I had no real side effects with my treatments except for being tired and a little sore for a few days after each treatment. My immune system went way down so was in and out of hospital about ever 7 or 8 months with lung problems but that is also due to my CODP with is worst during the BCG treatments as your immune system is lower during the treatments. My Dr. told me to start wearing mask whenever I go out in public to help with the low immune system. I feel very lucky as My Dr.s have saved my bladder. My Dad lost his bladder to cancer about 9 yrs ago and he also smoked. He never took any chemo or BCG treaments as they said it would not do him any good as he lost his bladder, prostrate and a kidney due to the cancer. He also went down super bad into a deep depression and has yet to really come out of it. I refuse to give into it and am just going to make sure I keep all my appoiontments and get all my BCG treametns. I go to MD Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston Texas and my Onocolist is Dr Denny The type of bladder cancer that I have is papillary transitional cell carcinoma.Grade 11.There was superficial invasion into Lamina Propria but no invasion into the muscularis propria. This type of cancer I was told is a very fast growing cancer and does keep coming back. So I have been very lucky that I have a Dr that is staying on top of it. Make sure you insist that your Dr keeps a check on your bladder at least every 3 months as that can make a difference if you lose your bladder or not. I hope this give you some insight as to what to expect with the BCG treatments and how important it is to keep a close check on it at all times.

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by Henrietta on Wed Aug 10, 2005 12:00 AM

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Nanjulia.....I too was a smokier, female, started the summer before my senior year in high school and quit the night before my bladder cancer tumor removal last October, at age 67. My treatment for Stage II Ta, is also BCG/ Interferon A....3 weekly sessions, a cystoscopic exam and the 3 month cycle repeats. So far, I've only been told that 2 more cycles are planned, but to expect the cysto exams every 3 months. Like you, I am grateful to be at a teaching hospital with exemplary docs in my kind of cancer. M D Anderson is one of the premier sites for treatment also. I've gained weight (12#) after quitting, and another 15# during the first 6 weeks of BCG+. Can't seem to lose it.....but....I can LIVE with it!! Stay strong. Henrietta

Shakey Muscles

by Rose_123 on Sun Aug 14, 2005 12:00 AM

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Hi, My husband experienced some of this in his legs. He had had a spinal or something like that. It took him two months for them to feel better. We are 6 months out and they are better but still sometimes that way. The anestiologist (sp) told us that this was somewhat normal from the lendth it was in but if it lasted sever for over two months, to have a nueral exam. They put a pain reliever thing in his back so they didn't have to have such strong and long pain anesetics in surgery. They said that this reaction is the nerves healing from prolonged (I wish I had the correct words) useage for pain. He was ready to come home and it was still in. They then had to do a second surgery to repair the scar. It was a good thing it was in and it was a bad thing. Turns out that the thing and the pain reliever was creating constipation and that is one of the reasons we were there so long. Once we found out about the constipation, we changed pain preventatives and we got things moving and got to come home. Rose
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