A bit worried, would like some advice
About 3 weeks ago, I started having some dull back aches, bloating, and "feelings of incomplete evacuation." After having a BM, I felt the need to go again immediately afterwards. I've also noticed that sometimes I'd have incredibly hard and large stools, sometimes thin "pencil-like" stools, and sometimes diarrhea - all in the past 3 weeks.
A week later, the bloating and the feelings of incomplete evacuation were pretty much gone, but the dull back aches and the change in stool were still present. I went to my general doctor about a week and a half ago and he didn't seem concerned at all about these symptoms and pretty much dismissed it.
I'm worried now because the bloating, the slight abdominal discomfort, the feeling of incomplete evacuation, and the feeling of needing to have a BM immediately after already having one are all back.
I've googled information about "when to see a doctor," but I'd like some advice from actual people who have been through something similar. Should I take the initiative and find a specialist myself? I'm curious about having a colonoscopy but I don't have insurance.
Also, I've inspected some of my stool and there doesn't appear to be any blood, and I haven't experienced any fatigue. I have lost a decent amount of weight within the past year (went down to 175 from 195) without much exercise or change in diet, but it was pretty gradual.
I'm a 27 year old male (added for informational purposes)
Last edited by lennymoe; 02-04-2012 at 06:35 AM.
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