My 22 year old daughter has just been scheduled for a colonoscopy by her gastroenterologist. Her symptoms include moderate pain in the lower left quadrant, which is tender to the touch and worse when running, moving a certain way, etc., and occasionally a small amount of red blood in her stool. The pain has been there for months, apparently. This is not her first colonoscopy, as she had one about three years ago when hemorrhoids, though nothing else, were found (this slight bleeding is evidently too high up to be hemorrhoids, according to her dr.) She has had a couple of ultrasounds to rule out ovarian issues, an abdominal CT scan, endoscopy (GERD) and a few other things to determine the cause of fullness and nausea within the past year (treated successfully with Nexium.) Nothing of note showed up except a hiatal hernia and the GERD.
The gastroenterologist mentioned colitis and diverticulitis (I have had it since my early 40s, though it would be odd in a 22 year old.) I am worried at the possibility of colon cancer, though it would be unusual, I hope, for that to develop just three years after her last colonoscopy.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. The test is set for January 15.