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    Old 01-08-2019, 03:31 PM   #1
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    Hems Fissure and terrified of colon cancer

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    Hi, looking for support. I just turned 35 and am convinced I have colorectal cancer. Iíve had issues with constipation and stress around bowel movements as long as I can remember. I noticed my first hemorrhoid in my 20ís and would have occasional small amounts of blood, but then nothing for months or years until a flare up. I had a baby April 2017 and developed more significant hemorrhoids. Nothing of significance happened that first year once I was recovered from childbirth.

    May of last year I had a couple weeks of more significant bright red blood after straining and that set this all off. I made a dr appointment a couple weeks after it started. They asked about hemmies, straining etc. They did a fecal occult test (the FIT test) which was negative and my bloodwork was normal.

    2 months later I go for a yearly check with a new doctor (I decided it was time to grow up and get a regular PCP), I mention having RLS and a little fatigue. She decides to test my ferritin levels (iron stores) which Iíve never had tested before. It came back very low at 5.2 and my hemoglobin dropped below normal at 10.2. She told me to start childrenís vitamins with iron (easier on stomach) and to increase iron intake.

    A month later I message the dr that my hemms had flared again and bleeding. She prescribes a cream that sorta worked inititally. After a month or so I follow up that bleeding persists and we agree further evaluation is needed.

    Two months on childrenís vitamins my levels modestly improved. Switched to a blood builder and by early Dec my hemoglobin is 13.3 and ferritin slowly improving, no more RLS and feeling great, back to my old running times.

    I see colorectal surgeon who does a (horribly embarrassing) exam and says I have proctitis, anal fissure, and multiple internal and external hemorrhoids. She said she saw a spot of blood higher up, but then says ďoh wait, that may have been the scope that pushed blood upĒ, but either way with anemia they always want a colonoscopy. She also prescribed two weeks of a suppository for the proctitis and fiber supplement.

    Regarding my symptoms, the bleeding definitely only happens related to pushing (I try not to, but sometimes it happens) and harder stool. Once it flares it might go on a couple days and then nothin until the next time I have to push a little. It had gotten so much better with the suppositories, but like this week I had to take allergy medicine which backed things up.

    I donít have any other symptoms. An occasional upset stomach but honestly probably less often than I did the previous years of my life when I wasnít as conscious of diet and getting fiber. Never any stomach issues that interrupt my day. Weight been steady since I lost my baby weight. Stool is normal other than occasional blood steak on top and occasionally blood in water. Fully formed, not small.

    Itís just the anemia that terrifies me. Let me add though that I got a copper iud and the past year (I just got it removed) my periods have been very very heavy (common for coppe iuds), tmi but ladies Iím talking some months Iíd need a backup WITH a super plus to get through a few hours.

    Still Iím convinced itís cancer. Iíve never been anemic before. Never had this consistent bleeding before.i still have 6 weeks until the colonoscopy and I can barely focus on anything else. Even when Iím with my toddler😭 I just think that Iím not going to see her grow up. I keep imagining waking up after itís done and then tell me they found a large inoperable tumor. On top of that we were hoping to grow our family early this year.

    I am going crazy right now! 😩😩😩😩😩

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    Old 01-09-2019, 05:06 AM   #2
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    Re: Hems Fissure and terrified of colon cancer

    Colon cancer is the single most preventable cancer in the world...if it is caught early, it is so easily removed. Polpys which are left alone and not removed are what causes colon cancer. FIT tests are not the best test for screening of Colon Cancer; however a colonoscopy is...

    Anemia is highly likely from fissures and bleeding; this can be treated with iron supplements and has nothing to do with colon cancer.

    Fissures and hemms can cause bleeding- and usually do. The fissures can be treated with creams (fissures are tears) and the hemorrhoids can be removed. Any decent Gastroenterologist can remove the hemorroids and perform a colonoscopy to see if there is anything to worry about.

    You are really jumping the gun here. Please try to relax. Start seeing a specialist, not your general doctor for your GI issues...you really need a good GI doctor to help you get back on track. Find out how to get rid of the hemms....banding is one easy option which is outpatient and done in the office. Make sure your fissures are healing- and schedule a colonoscopy asap..
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    Old 01-21-2019, 06:34 AM   #3
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    Re: Hems Fissure and terrified of colon cancer

    I will try and make this short: I had rectal bleeding for over 3 years and though I am educated and relatively intelligent i went into denial mode telling myself the rectal bleeding was from a hemorrhoid, which i was told by 2 GI docs I had. I am 70 by the way. I was terrified of a colonoscopy though i had one 10 years ago with no problems. I finally decided to get the colonoscopy in Dec 2018: it showed what was described on the path report as a "tubulovillous adenoma with high grade dysplasia". Translated that means it is pre-cancerous- i will have to be monitored with another colonoscopy in 2 or
    3 years. If i had waited 6 months or a year longer it would have been invasive carcinoma. I can't tell you how important it is to get that colonoscopy and find out what is what. You probably don't have cancer but you won't know what you have until you get that test.

     
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