Swollen, bloated Abdomen
I was diagnosed with triple negative lobular breast cancer in 2015. I had a skin saving single mastectomy followed by DIEP flap surgery in 2016. All was great until 2019 when I had a local recurrence. I had my nipple removed along with several lymph nodes (two positive for cancer) had radiation and did a course of chemo (abraxane.) In February 2020 we learned the cancer had spread to spine/ribs, which caused several fractures. I had radiation, which allowed fractures to heal, but additional spread to liver was diagnosed in May.
In June I started Xeloda, which seems to be keeping cancer from further spread and I also get xgeva shots. The problem is that my stomach is incredibly swollen and no one knows why. Doctors ruled out fluid or masses, and now have basically thrown up their hands in defeat.
The bloating began in Feb 2020, and gradually increased from once a week or so to everyday. It seems that gas is accumulating in my stomach over the course of the day so by mid-afternoon it is extremely tight and hard like a melon. This makes it difficult to breathe. Overnight it goes down a little (in the morning I pass a lot of gas) but swells up each day.
I am in extreme discomfort. My waist has increased by 10 inches, and the increase occurred in less than a month. Sometimes my stomach also hurts, and my back is stressed from the extra pressure. None of my clothes with a waistband fit and I look like I am six months pregnant. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? I'm getting desperate; I have limited time left and hate that I am wasting some of it being incapacitated and swollen like a tick!