I'm 20 and a little over a week ago days I took a crap. and the crap came out really flat and ribbony. About a week ago, when I took a crap it was slightly thicker than it was, but still nowhere close to normal. a few days ago when I took a crap, it's still getting slightly better but it's still really ribbony. The last couple days, the crap was normal. But when I took a crap again today. the crap was ribbony again? The crap it's self was a normal color for crap. There isn't any blood coming out.I've also been farting more, and it smells worse normal. Could stress, diet or exersicing less than normal cause weird crap like this?
Abdominal distension: Nope
Abdominal pain: Nope
Unexplained, persistent nausea or vomiting: Nope
Unexplained weight loss: Nope
Change in frequency or character of stool (bowel movements): Yep
Small-caliber (narrow) or ribbon-like stools: Yep
Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement: Nope
Rectal pain: Nope
Age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50: I'm 20.
A personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps: Not that I know of.
Inflammatory intestinal conditions: Nope
Inherited disorders that affect the colon: I might have hemmorides, thouh it usually doesn't cause a problem for me. Basiclly it's not active most of the time.
Family history of colon cancer and colon polyps: Only my grandma, nobody else even polyps.
Diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories: Probably
A sedentary lifestyle: Yeah, but do try to get at least a little bit of exercise each day.
Obesity: I'm only 129 pounds
Smoking. I don't smoke
Alcohol: I don't drink
Growth hormone disorder: I don't think so.
Radiation therapy for cancer: I've never had cancer or anyone in my family except for my granda who was a smoker.
Although it is more common for someone in their 50's to get colon cancer does not mean someone in their 20's or 30's cannot get it as well. It is rare but it has happened.
There does not have to be blood in the stool. Ribboned-stools can be a sign of colon cancer but does not automatically mean that a person has colon cancer. The best thing for a person who is experiencing these signs and symptoms is to go to a specialist and have a battery of tests done to rule out cancer and any other bowel diseases.
It could be from stress and worry as your parents say, but the best and SMART thing to do would be to get checked out. Don't let what your parents may say stop you. Do it for yourself because your health comes first and you are the only one who can do something about it.