New here. I have a high-risk HPV and had a LEEP procedure done for precancerous cells 7 years ago.
I have a PAP appointment on the 7th, in 5 more days. I guess, why I’m here, is to ask if it’s important to get in right away with symptoms like this, or if I shouldn’t be so worried, and 5 days won’t make a difference.
I did call the nurse hotline but she seemed to think I could consider going in early to a walk-in to rule out infection - but didn’t really have clear thoughts on whether it would be urgent to go with regards to ‘If it’s cancer, is a few days going to make a difference?’ That’s really all I’m worried about. If it IS an infection (which it really doesn’t seem to be), then I don’t mind waiting the five days, but if, say, it’s cancer and going to spread in that time, I definitely want to know if I should go wait at the walk-in for hours to get in a few days earlier.
I have the same very faithful partner for 10 years and we both work at home; there’s literally no way we picked up anything new infection-wise.
Here are the symptoms I’ve had. (Sorry if TMI!) I don’t normally worry about this but I am both ‘high risk’ for cervical cancer, and have almost ALL the symptoms I can find out about, so it has me concerned! I’m 31.
Symptoms: (Sorry if TMI!) These came on REALLY suddenly about 3 days after the last irregular period.
-Normally, periods are extremely regular. (2 days cramps and medium/heavy flow; 2-3 days light flow with no cramps. Regular, without fail.) The last 2 periods have had irregular spotting for a few days before, with strong cramps, then extremely heavy flow (WAAY more than usual) and cramps for about 2-3 days, then another 2 days of light flow, with spotting for days afterwards.
-Pinkish discharge, especially after intercourse. Some blood spots as well.
-Pain with intercourse, feels like pressure near the cervix which is very unusual for me.
-Sharp pains on and off all day in right side (ovary area) for 2 days; then it seemed to be crampy pains in left side (ovary area) for about a day and pain in the cervix area/upper vagina area. (oct 28th-30th.)
-Irregular bowel movements (more frequent, looser) the past few days. Like, a lot more than usual. Was in 6 times yesterday.
-Slightly more discharge and again, pinkish at times. No strange odor or anything.
-Some back pain (lower middle) a few days ago, then SEVERE middle back pain and more pink discharge/cramping after intercourse. (was not rough at all, so no reason for pain!) It lasted for hours and I couldn’t fall asleep, felt like somebody was literally standing with a foot on my lower back.
-Period-like cramps this morning. Still having pinkish discharge. We were outside all morning so the cramps seem better now (around noon) but back is still feeling oddly stiff in the lower part.
Also, I’ve had VERY little appetite this whole time; approximately since the 28th of october. Usually, if I don’t eat breakfast I’m starving by about 10am, but I’ve gone a few days missing both breakfast and lunch and just don’t seem to be hungry at all, which is totally unusual for me. I did eat lunch just now (wasn’t hungry, but thought I should) and now am feeling a little off about having food in me. But, that could just be me stressing out.
Anyways, I guess I just wanted to touch base with other people about all this. Not sure if I should be worried enough to go in early (appointment is on the 7th, again, so its’ not THAT far away – but I don’t want to like… ‘let it spread’ if I might have cancer at a stage that might be time-sensitive.
I should say, I am NOT normally a worry-filled person; but I do pay attention to my body - and these symptoms are highly unusual for me. Being high-risk for cervical cancer with the high-risk HPV and a previous history of precancerous cells, I’m just concerned with all these symptoms that seem to check right off the list of ‘Advanced Cervical Cancer.’
Does anybody who has dealt with this type of cancer have experience with an apparently sudden onset of symptoms?
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