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Old 02-21-2008, 10:03 AM   #1
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Concerned over potential hereditary bowel cancer

I have found out from my mother more recently that her mother died of bowel cancer, they only found it after she had died. My mother has a sister that died from bowel cancer and now one of her other sisters has two daughters in their late 30's early 40's with it.

I have suffered with bowel problems since I was 16, i've been diagnosed since then with IBS. However more recently the past few years its got worse. Much more painful when I get colicky pain and distended lower abdomen. I change from severe constipation to diarrhoea and might have what you would call a "normal" day once every week to ten days.

I was placed onto supplements recently as a nutritionist believed that I don't absorb my food proper. Was given friendly bacteria, glutamine powder, milk thistle and asked to eat lots more healthy stuff like nuts and seeds. Unfortunately a week of the supplements caused my stomach / bowel to react, I had severe twinging sharp pain just under my left lower rib which lasted for days. Once I had stopped the supplements it slowly stopped, but in that time I had light yellow type stools. My stools always smell bad regardless of what I eat.

In the past six months i've also suffered bouts of real pain in my bowel, where within a few minutes of the pain, I have to go to the toilet. When I go, I notice white mucus and for an hour or so after I feel like my bowel is stinging inside.

I've had times where I also feel like (sorry for the description) someone has shoved their fist right up my backside and it is still there. Its a feeling of fullness that can sometimes last for two or three weeks at a time.

I am seeing the bowel specialist in two weeks, I am concerned that maybe i'm panicking for nothing and the bowel problems I have are purely IBS, I am concerned that I am also becoming some form of hypochondriac..

I guess I just needed to tell people who might have felt the same or be going through the same.

 
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Old 02-21-2008, 01:49 PM   #2
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Re: Concerned over potential hereditary bowel cancer

The best advice is to simply have regular colnoscopys to keep an eye on things, From what I hear, it is easier to treat if found very early...So again, get on a regular cycle of colonoscopys! Wish you well!

 
Old 02-21-2008, 10:24 PM   #3
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Re: Concerned over potential hereditary bowel cancer

I am a big believer in taking a water soluble fiber supplement to bulk up your stools and make you regular w/o straining.

People that don't eat enough fiber in their diet or take it as a supplement have many bowel problems.

I also agree with billfisher -- you need to get a colonoscopy every so often to make sure your colon is health.

 
Old 02-21-2008, 10:32 PM   #4
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Re: Concerned over potential hereditary bowel cancer

I hear what you are saying but I have alot of fibre already in my diet, which is part of the problem for me. I've eaten lots of fibre for several years now and it makes my stomach / bowel alot worse. But I keep taking it as I know its meant to be beneficial.

 
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Re: Concerned over potential hereditary bowel cancer

All fibre is not the same -- there is soluble and insoluble fibres and you need a combination of both for normal BMs.

There is a Post I wrote that is in the Information Archives at the top of this page-- I think page 2 post #8-- It may be worth reading.

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Old 02-22-2008, 07:58 PM   #6
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Re: Concerned over potential hereditary bowel cancer

My hubby had 2 sisters and 1 brother die of colon cancer. He has had a colonoscopy every 2 years for many years now. Each time another polyp was found and eradicated. If he had not done that, he undoubtedly would have also had cancer. I feel strongly that anyone with a family history of colon cancer should be followed by an experienced gastroenterologist and have regular colonoscopies. I wish you well.

 
Old 02-24-2008, 12:56 PM   #7
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Re: Concerned over potential hereditary bowel cancer

Thank you for your comments, I just don't want to end up worrying endlessly, but I know I have bowel problems and probably have had for at least the past 5 years. Although I would say the past 6 months have been the worst.

I'm off to the specialist on 12 March to discuss the hereditary link and will post back

 
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