Have had bowel problems for many years and have had many tests which didn't show what the problem was, so was told that 'it must be Irritable bowel syndrome and I would just have to learn to put up with it.'
When I first had pain it was put down to this, both by me and the Doctor, on returning to the Doctor when the pain got worse I was finally examined. I had a cat scan that afternoon, had blood tests the following day, saw the gynaecological oncologist the following day and six days after seeing my Doctor I had my Op. The cancer had spread to the tubes, uterus and bowel so had to have some of my bowel removed as well as having the hysterectomy . I had an ileostomy bag which has since been reversed.
During my journey with cancer I have met five other woman who were diagnosed with IBS before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Maybe Doctors need to be more aware of this as many of the symptoms are similar, so perhaps if a woman presents with the symptoms of IBS they should routinely be examined just in case it is ovarian cancer.
My cancer recurred last year and I have just finished six more treatments of chemo and have now started a maintenance programme of chemo every 28 days.