Abnormal Stool Shapes
I am a 25 year old male, and for about the last 3 years or so I have been having odd stool shapes. My mother has IBS, she has been scoped several times, and everything is fine, yet she has lots of digestive issues. About 3 or 4 years ago I started drinking coffee, I get up in the morning and I don't eat breakfast but I have a cup of coffee (Not a small one either). Well about half a year or so down the road I started having "flat stools" I didn't think much about it at first, but after awhile I started thinking maybe I should talk to my doctor about it.
So I went and saw him, told him about my situation and he did a physical (including a prostate/anus check), he told me that I was ok and if I had any other problems that were bowel related to let him know.
Well just recently I have been having terrible gas, sometimes easy to pass, sometimes I can't pass it. I get very very mild cramps sometimes, like a feeling of needing to pass gas. I also sometimes have back pains, but thats not abnormal for me at all, and I have been sleeping on a futon for over a year and it's killing my back. My bowel movements have stayed about the same, although when I go in the morning (usually I only go once a day, in the morning after coffee) it usually comes out with great force (I assume from the gas) and is several small pieces accompanied by 1 or 2 larger pieces that usually have a "flat" look to them (When I say flat I mean like rectangular, out of round, more like squeezed).
I think I actually can sometimes feel my lower left area having spasms sometimes as well. Do you think this is IBS? or should I worry that I have Polyps or tumors/cancer? I don't have any blood in my stool, and I never heard anything back from a fecal blood test from my doctor (which is common around here unless anything is wrong).
I am a Hypochondriac, I have Anxiety, and I recently just lost a cousin (not cancer), so I am on my scared health thing again, just wondering what you guys/gals think?
Last edited by g2tegsown; 07-21-2007 at 05:57 AM.