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Old 07-01-2011, 01:28 PM   #1
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So Scared

Hi I am new to the boards. I am currently waiting to see a GI doctor and I am driving myself crazy by looking at my symptoms on the internet. 4 months ago I decided it was time to take care of myself so I started working out with a trainer and eating properly lots of fruits, veg, and lean meats etc. A month after starting this my stool became loose and didn't correct itself. I went to my gp and he said wait a month. Nothing got better and I noticed when the stool wasn't loose it was getting narrower. Back to the gp ran parasite and blood stool test. Both negative. Now I am waiting till Aug to see the specialist. I didn't have any blood until 2 days ago when I wiped and now there is blood. I do have a large hemorrhoid that won't go away. I'm wondering if maybe I have more internal hemorrhoids that may be causing this. All my symptoms point to some kind of colon, rectal or anal cancer and I am sooo scared. I have 3 1/2 year old twins and I am beside myself with worry which is not making things better.

 
Old 07-02-2011, 02:20 AM   #2
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What co our is the blood?

 
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Old 07-02-2011, 06:05 AM   #3
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thanks for the reply, the blood is red.

 
Old 07-02-2011, 06:11 AM   #4
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If it's bright red that's a good sign. Colon cancer is usually located future up and the blood is darker and not as fluid. How old are you and do you have any family history of cancer? I wldnt worry to be honest. Sounds like internal hem or anal fissure.

 
Old 07-02-2011, 06:59 AM   #5
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Cross my fingers thats what it is. I am 38 years old. I don't know my family history as I am adopted. I also have health related anxiety issues so I think my constant worrying is making the loose stool worse. I just wish I could get to my appt sooner. Thinking about paying to have the colonoscopy privately.

 
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Re: So Scared

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Hi I am new to the boards. I am currently waiting to see a GI doctor and I am driving myself crazy by looking at my symptoms on the internet. 4 months ago I decided it was time to take care of myself so I started working out with a trainer and eating properly lots of fruits, veg, and lean meats etc. A month after starting this my stool became loose and didn't correct itself. I went to my gp and he said wait a month. Nothing got better and I noticed when the stool wasn't loose it was getting narrower. Back to the gp ran parasite and blood stool test. Both negative. Now I am waiting till Aug to see the specialist. I didn't have any blood until 2 days ago when I wiped and now there is blood. I do have a large hemorrhoid that won't go away. I'm wondering if maybe I have more internal hemorrhoids that may be causing this. All my symptoms point to some kind of colon, rectal or anal cancer and I am sooo scared. I have 3 1/2 year old twins and I am beside myself with worry which is not making things better.
You know hemorrhoids cause bleeding. There's no reason to believe the bleeding is caused by anything but the hemorrhoid that you already know you have.
Your looser stools are caused by your increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and your increased activity level.
Since you have 3 year old children, you must be a comparatively young woman.
You should do some research on colo-rectal cancer statistics by age.
It will probably relieve some of your anxiety.
This cancer is very rare under age 50, and almost unheard of under age 40.
Not to say it couldn't happen... but lightning could strike you, too, and you don't worry about that, because it's so unlikely.
That's about how rare it is for a young woman to get colo-rectal cancer.
Now, you know you've changed your diet in ways likely to promote looser stool, and you know you have a hemorrhoid, and that hemorrhoids can bleed. Bleeding is one of the main symptoms of hemorrhoids.

Follow up with your doctor by all means if it will make you feel better, but please keep the above facts in mind and don't let your anxiety run away with you.
You do not have colo-rectal cancer.

Best of luck.

edited to add:

the median age for being diagnosed with colo-rectal cancer is 71, and only 4% of cases occur in individuals under 45 years old. Less than 15% of cases occur before age 55.
This is primarily a disease of old age.

Last edited by Kali333; 07-02-2011 at 02:15 PM.

 
Old 07-02-2011, 04:52 PM   #7
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Thank you for the reply. I keep telling myself the facts like you pointed out but I keep getting myself all worked up. The internet is not a postitive tool either for someone that gets fixated on things. I will continue to tell myself what you pointed out.

 
Old 07-02-2011, 11:33 PM   #8
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Hey don't worry yourself to death! The first thing you don't do when you have medical concerns is self-diagnose(this is from experience). I convinced myself that I had rare lung diseases/emphysema, and I am only twenty! Please feel free to laugh but only if you tell yourself you will find humor in all your worries when the doctor comes back with negative results. You're going to be fine! Just as the person above me said, it is almost a statistical impossibility for you to have such a disease. Kick back, eat some more fruit and veges and enjoy your life with your kids .

Your friend,

Pat

 
Old 07-09-2011, 02:01 AM   #9
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You know hemorrhoids cause bleeding. There's no reason to believe the bleeding is caused by anything but the hemorrhoid that you already know you have.
Your looser stools are caused by your increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and your increased activity level.
Since you have 3 year old children, you must be a comparatively young woman.
You should do some research on colo-rectal cancer statistics by age.
It will probably relieve some of your anxiety.
This cancer is very rare under age 50, and almost unheard of under age 40.
Not to say it couldn't happen... but lightning could strike you, too, and you don't worry about that, because it's so unlikely.
That's about how rare it is for a young woman to get colo-rectal cancer.
Now, you know you've changed your diet in ways likely to promote looser stool, and you know you have a hemorrhoid, and that hemorrhoids can bleed. Bleeding is one of the main symptoms of hemorrhoids.

Follow up with your doctor by all means if it will make you feel better, but please keep the above facts in mind and don't let your anxiety run away with you.
You do not have colo-rectal cancer.

Best of luck.

edited to add:

the median age for being diagnosed with colo-rectal cancer is 71, and only 4% of cases occur in individuals under 45 years old. Less than 15% of cases occur before age 55.
This is primarily a disease of old age.
I had 2 buddies from High School die from Colon Cancer and I only graduated with 250 people. One was 31 and one was 34 so I would not say it is almost unheard of in people under age 40

 
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I had 2 buddies from High School die from Colon Cancer and I only graduated with 250 people. One was 31 and one was 34 so I would not say it is almost unheard of in people under age 40
That is very unfortunate, but statistics do not lie.
Statistically, colon cancer is incredibly rare in people under age 40.
And it's even less common in young women than in young men.
Nearly all cases of colon cancer that occur under age 40 are the result of inherited genetic syndromes which make one more prone to certain cancers, including cancer of the colon. These genetic syndromes can be screened for.

There are other things- cervical cancer, for example, even breast cancer- that a woman under 40 would benefit more from worrying about, if she is intent on worrying about something.

 
Old 07-19-2011, 01:31 AM   #11
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That is very unfortunate, but statistics do not lie.
Statistically, colon cancer is incredibly rare in people under age 40.
And it's even less common in young women than in young men.
Nearly all cases of colon cancer that occur under age 40 are the result of inherited genetic syndromes which make one more prone to certain cancers, including cancer of the colon. These genetic syndromes can be screened for.

There are other things- cervical cancer, for example, even breast cancer- that a woman under 40 would benefit more from worrying about, if she is intent on worrying about something.
I don't know Kali, I go to alot of boards and see alot of people who are dealing with Colon cancer in their 30's or know people who have it in their 30's. where does it say it is almost unheard of in those under 40

 
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Please don't worry. I have Stage I colon cancer 5 years ago. My surgen cut out the cancerous polys and I am in remission. There is a good chance that you will be cure if the cancer has not been spread. Also, praying is very effective. I will pray for you.

 
Old 08-18-2011, 07:39 AM   #13
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thanks for the words of encouragement. going for my colonoscopy this am so please cross your fingers for me. here's hoping i am just a worry wart.

 
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