Re: METAMUCIL OR COLON CANCER
Not all of your symptoms seem intertwined to me. The stools very well are related to IBS which flares depending on stress, eating, hormones, etc. The likely hood of you having colon cancer at 23 is small, but I advocate everyone (no matter your age) should have a colonoscopy. Even if you have no family history of problems. There are foods to avoid if your IBS is symptomatic like tomatoes, acidic fruits and their drinks, caffeine, red meat, etc. This could help you out alot as I also shift from loose stools to constipation.
The lower right abdomen pain might very well be ovulation pain if you only experience it a few days a month. Otherwise, your colon could be producing the pain as most of us with IBS cramp mildly to severly before and during bowel movements. I have had kids and having them were less painful than some of my bowel movements that I have had.
Your doctor is right to test your blood sugar when you complain of fatigue, thirst, and frequent urination. These are the most important indicators of diabetes type 2, which I have and those were the symptoms I had as well.
With the weight gain and the other symptoms, I would say it is a good idea to get your thyroid tested and I am kind of surprised your doctor has not already done this as my doctor did when I found out I had diabetes. It sounds like your thyroid is hypo and is not functioning properly. Or it could be leading to something else even.
One other thing as a smoker desperately trying to quit still......DO NOT GO NEAR ANOTHER CIGARETTE. I am 30 now and have so many health problems it isn't funny. Hence, why I advocate colonoscopies at any age. I have already had a colon resection. But, if there was one thing I would change in my life, it would be to have never picked up smoking, socially or regularly. I am on Chantix now, but over the last month I went back to smoking due to a death in the family and sickness of another memeber. Do not risk it if you aren't addicted. Good luck and I hope this helps. And yes, get the thyroid tested as well.
Last edited by anprdp; 05-03-2007 at 02:01 PM.