a warning about symptoms and advice
First, I want to say that I do not want to come off as being mean or negative, but I need to share this with everyone so that you can be informed and aware.
These boards can be a good source of support, AFTER a diagnosis. Please do not come here, or visit WEB MD and try and self diagnose. You will have yourself so scared you will be making out a will and picking out a cemetary plot before even speaking with a Dr.
I am 38 years old. For the past 5 or so years I had rectal bleeding. I had an appt to see my GI Dr. anyways. But in the meantime, I had developed really bad stomach pain. When I came here, and was looking for advice, people had me so scared into Colon Cancer. I had all the symptoms listed on WEB MD. Change in stools(flat) to rectal bleeding, to stomach pain.
Is seeing my GI Dr., rectal bleeding and flat stools were caused my hemorrhoids, and lower GI pain was not even a GI issue, it was an irritated bladder.
Please, a word or warning, do NOT try and self diagnose.
Remember, the few that are on here that have Colon Cancer are just a small percentage, the rest, the majority are fine.
Peace to all.
Last edited by Administrator; 12-18-2006 at 09:06 AM.