Patient Comments: Cervical Cancer - Symptoms

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Comment from: Cdj311, 25-34 (Patient) Published: July 23

Last year I began noticing tissue like substances in my urine. Six months after that I began bleeding; every day. This went on for months. I had seen 2 different doctors who attributed it to being a urinary tract infection, or just abnormal bleeding. I knew there was something seriously wrong. I went to the Veterans Affairs hospital as a last hope and sure enough it was stage 3 cervical cancer at age 29. I had 8 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. I am cancer free now. Trust your instincts!

Comment from: Ari, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I am 58 .I started with sever lower back pain down to my legs. I went to Urgent Care and I was told it was soreness. Then after 13 years I had a period. I was referred to a gynecologist and biopsy came back positive for cervical cancer. I have pending oncologist appointment. But I have been in fatigue mode since and the leg pain is at a 7.

Comment from: Merry, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I was 62 years old and started spotting. After 2 weeks, I saw my gynecologist and was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I had radical hysterectomy. Lymph nodes were negative but tumor was bigger than expected and margins were too close. Stage 1b1. I had cisplatin once weekly and radiation 5 times weekly for five weeks. Horrible experience. Now, 6 weeks out I have extreme tiredness. Because I look ok everyone thinks I am ok. It takes a lot of effort to do simple things. Trying to rule out causes of the fatigue, but looks like it is from the cancer.

Comment from: Sundaram, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

For the first time, I had difficulty in passing urine at 3.30 AM. Next day morning I was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) through ultra sound.

Comment from: T. Rene, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I am 53, 1.5 years post-menopausal. I have never had any spotting since my last period whatsoever. I've had fairly extreme fatigue for the past year, lower back and hip pain. I have very little appetite, and fill up very easily. I have been to the doctors and they always tell me all is ok. Two days ago, I started some (mild) vaginal bleeding and rectal bleeding. I am very sure it is both. I do have appointments with both my primary and my obstetrician/gynecologist. Obviously, I am worried about cancer.

Comment from: Katie36, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I am a mother of 3 beautiful angels and recently I went in for a Pap smear because I knew something wasn't right. The doctor said that I had lesions on my cervix. I have never had that plus I have had some drainage, extreme fatigue, and I have dropped 13 lb in a month. And also recently my lower back has been killing me. I hope it is not cervical cancer. I am really scared because both of my parents had cancer. I think I am too young to have cancer. But we will see in two weeks. Please wish me the best, I am scared.

Comment from: ASN16, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I am 69, and I was just diagnosed with cervical cancer. I was spotting and having pain around left hip area shooting down into my leg. I'm not sure how advanced it is at this time, but I do know that surgery will be involved. I have been referred to a specialist. The irony of this is that I asked my doctor 18 months ago for a Pap smear because I was suspicious. Her reply was that women over 65 do not need a pap smear. My sister passed away at 52 from ovarian cancer. I should have known better, and I should have insisted on one. Ladies keep getting those Pap smears no matter what age you are.

Comment from: Josie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I had no period for about a year, thought it was menopause. Then spotting and bleeding after sex made me go for an overdue pap smear. After the diagnosis of cervical cancer, I realized the other symptoms (tired constantly, heart palpitations, a feeling of fullness, and a constant ache around my lower back and pelvis) were all a part of the cancer. I have had my biopsy and MRI, awaiting the results to see how far it has progressed, and where we go from here.

Comment from: julie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

My cycle stopped for a year or more I thought it was just menopause. Then it started back up. Afterwards, I leaked a foul smelling brown discharge which I thought was just old blood. It just keeps getting worse and I go through a bag of pads every three days. I finally went in for a pap smear and the results showed high levels of abnormal cells. I also bled alot during the pap smear. I was sent to a doctor for a colposcopy which revealed a large yellow tumor. The biopsy came out cancer. I now have lower back pain, knee pain, lethargy, and have lost over 20 pounds in a very short period of time. Still waiting on a catscan...

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Comment from: Kaylee, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I just had an ultrasound today to check for cervical cancer and I am really scared. I have had back and hip pain since I was a teenager but it is so much worse now. Granted I have also gained weight since I was pregnant, but I suddenly lost 10 pounds in a month when I went to see another doctor. My little angel of a son is 15 months old now and we are looking for a house and I dream of the future and this is why I am so scared. I have intense pain that jets through my thighs and on average I will bleed vaginally for 3 to 5 days then stop for 2 or 3 and start again and this has been the process for a couple months now. Sex really hurts too. I also bloat and just have abdominal pain in general.

Comment from: brigit, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I had very bad cramping during periods (until I stopped eating dairy which helped a lot) and was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 1990, but did not have it treated for 7 years. I had a cone biopsy and D&C as well as heavy doses of grape seed extract for 3 months; I've been cancer free since!

Comment from: sunlover, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 13

My daughter had her first smear test when she was 25 (age for the UK is 25) she had no symptoms. She had LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) but has now been diagnosed with cervical cancer. So sad.

Comment from: mommaof2, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I am 21 years old with 2 beautiful children I had went in to my GYN to get my annual pap smear and he happened to mention that after I had my 2nd child almost 3 years ago they found a high strand of HPV. Well I did not know this cause they did not call me so I am freaking out. Well I did my pap and it came back that I had cin 2 so I just had my colposcopy and biopsy done a couple days ago and I am scared that it may be worse than that the doctor said it looked pretty severe so he went inside my cervical canal and scraped cells of as well for testing. I am scared that I might I have full blown cancer. I have a lot of back pain. I have heavy bleeding during my period, and I have pain during sex so I don't know I am just scared! If anybody knows more about this please let me know!

Comment from: Tracy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

My main symptom was bleeding, that began and never stopped. It started as a little and finally increased so heavy, I required a blood transfusion. At my gynecologist they did a pap smear and it was normal. She suggested a D & C and a hysteroscopy and that was done and they took biopsies. The results came back as adenocarcinoma of the cervix and vagina. The only other symptom was some pressure in the lower pelvis and a very low back ache.

Comment from: RLZ123, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I go in for a colposcopy/biopsy on Monday. I tested positive for HPV (human papillomavirus) in 2014. This year I went in for my Pap smear test and was called over a week later stating that I have had low grade changes and my HPV has worsened. I tested positive for all high risk HPV strains including 16 and 18. I am nervous about my biopsy as I had a breast tumor removed in 2014.

Comment from: Corpusmarielrubi1, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I had a biopsy done and I had cervical cancer cells. I am having a surgery done this Friday. It's called a cold knife cone. My back hurts and all my bones hurt a lot. And I have spot bleeding every day. I am scared to get to the point where I will need chemotherapy.

Comment from: ann, 55-64 Female Published: November 02

With cervical cancer, I had very bad discharge with terrible pressure on my stomach. I was very bloated and had terrible pain on my left side.

Comment from: venus, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 13

My girlfriend was diagnosed with cervical cancer about two years ago. She had all the treatments and was free for about one year. Suddenly about eight months ago, she began bleeding, and was told that the cancer had returned. She began the treatment all over again. Then the bleeding began in the back, bleeding from the rectum. She was told that she had 6months to live.

Comment from: Pushpa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I was treated with normal skin treatment for candidiasis. Later when I started losing weight and having frequent bleeding during intercourse and irritation all around the stomach area, my doctor gave me the Pap test, which proven to be stage III cervical cancer.

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Comment from: Deanna, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I started bleeding after intercourse, but thought that my period had just started again. My periods got very painful, but I just took pamprin. After a while, that didn't help, and I started bleeding pretty heavily & more frequently. The pain in my abdomen was excruciating!!!!

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