For those with thin, narrow stools
I purposely signed up for this board so I could post my experience. I read many of your posts prior to my sigmoidoscopy today and told myself I would share with everyone here my results, good or bad. My only symptom was seeing what appeared to be a indented line down one side of my stool or, at times, a flat sided stool. I also had a couple "pencil thin stools". I did not experience any abdominal pain or rectal bleeding. I gave it a month to clear up as I tend to worry over my medical situations and thought I was again, overreacting. After a month with no change I went to my primary doctor who ordered both a pelvic ultrasound and a flexible sigmoidoscopy. I appreciate my doctor's realization that my symptom warrented some further testing. So, today I had my flex. sig. (although my GI doctor had me prep for a colonoscopy "just in case"). Well, nothing. Not even an inflammation or hemmoroid, just a clean, normal colon.
I do not say this because I think the symptom of "thin or narrow stool" is to be ignored; the exact opposite. For some, this is the first clue that something isn't right. I absolutely believe you need to see a doctor. I am just letting you know that there is hope that it's nothing, as was the case with me. Prior to my procedure I was freaking out, sure I had colon cancer. My advice is, don't panic prior to the knowledge of a diagnosis (easier said than done, I know).
Just wanted to share my experience with those of you that are worried about similar things.