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Old 06-18-2011, 08:04 AM   #1
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Bowel issues and NHS waiting lists

It all started 6 Months ago and still awaiting NHS to diagnosis. It seems I get put on one waiting list and then to another. Im male aged 50,

Symptoms include unformed stools once or twice a day but not true diareah, (I only used to have a bowel movement once every two days ) coughing up sticky smelly mucus from throat, spine pains, and shoulder pains on left side. Occasional nausea and a strange musty smell I can detect from my clothes. Some reflux and pain that rides through chest from arm to front of chest and to back of chest.

So far in the six Months, I have had MRI of spine, nothing found. Sigmoid of colon that found no problems in lower colon, all blood tests and tumor markers were normal, and chest x-ray negative. Heart monitored, No blood loss , no anaemia. The only bowel symptom I have is small soft stools. I never used to have that.

Appetite okay, not loosing weight, can get fatigued but able to walk long distances. Difficulty sleeping due to pain in shoulder that runs down arm. In January I had sciatica in leg, now gone but has left my leg atrophied and weaker / less sensations

Having had the sigmoid scope, the consultant said try diet change and come back if no change. Well there is no change and now I have to go around the NHS merry-go-round of waiting lists again.

I honestly feel that I will be stretchered into hospital before I get a diagnosis. Im convinced it is CANCER, the symptoms do not ease and this musty smell I never used to have.

Can you advise as Im wondering if doctors are taking this as urgent.

Many thanks


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