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Old 10-20-2011, 10:40 AM   #1
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Worried about Stool and Bowel change

Over the past few weeks I have been getting worried about changes in my bowel movements. Basically, I have always been regular once a day with the exception of when I eat too much and sometimes need to go twice.

Recently I started noticing that my stool seemed to have a flat edge (curved) and having read other forums I have convinced myself it's colon cancer. Although in truth I never really checked my movements before. However, most sites say that an indication of a blockage would make the stool pencil thin and I would say they are still at least 1-2 cm by say 2-3cm.

I have also been getting slight discomfort in my stomach around the belly button and feel a need to go even when I have been already and now I seem to need to go twice a day regardless of what I eat.

I have lost weight over the last 6 months (1 1/2 stone) but because I have been trying to eat less.

I also am getting some back pain but not all the time, and I have also been suffering from Gastritis although no symptoms for a couple of years.

I also seem to have more wind and gurgling in my stomach after eating or drinking.

Am I simply making myself ill with worry as I think about it every day or could there be something wrong.

Advice would be great.

Last edited by Craig147; 10-20-2011 at 10:43 AM. Reason: add text

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Old 10-20-2011, 01:36 PM   #2
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Re: Worried about Stool and Bowel change

Sounds more like IBS to me, but I am not a doctor. Eat more fiber and see what that does. I have been diagnosed with IBS by my GP and just to be safe am scheduling a colonoscopy in the next few weeks. IBS can cause thin stools. A good way to rule out on your own if a tumor or blockage of some kind is causing your thin stools is to start taking a fiber supplement. I had some thin stools that freaked me out, so I took a fiber capsule every morning with breakfast. My next stool was much more solid and bigger and round. If I have a tumor it definitely isnt big enough to cause any blockage or stool thinning obviously. Tumors/cancer don't wax and wane. In other words if its a tumor you wont get thin stools one day and large round ones the next. It will consistently be thin if you have a tumor.

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