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Mariev89 08-15-2014 09:51 AM

Scared I have colorectal cancer.
For the last year and half, after I started a desk job, I started getting a lot of bloating. My stomach will distend and I look pregnant. It hurts horribly and starts within 30 minutes of eating. Gradually, I get a lot of gas and it goes away. It doesn't happen all the time and sometimes it's certain foods and other times it happens out of nowhere. Sometimes, I go several weeks without an episode.

I last year, I started having a lot of anal itching.

Last week, I had a few streaks of blood on the toilet tissue without a BM. I went to urgent care because I was also having chest pain and shortness of breath for several days. He took a quick look and told me I had hemorrhoids and after an EKG and chest xrays said I was having a panic attack.

I haven't had anymore bright red rectal bleeding. However, I noticed thick white/yellow mucus in my BM for a couple days and the last few days since it has turned to thick, maroon-colored, bloody mucus. I haven't had any diarrhea, just pressure in my rectum. My BM are otherwise pretty normal, other than a lot of urgency after eating the other day (every hour I had to go, just a little bit at a time).

There's also an occasional cramping pain that alternates between my left and right side in my abdomen, usually my left, though.

I went to a new GP yesterday and he thinks I have IBS and possibly diverticulitis or another kind of intestinal infection and gave me a bunch of antibiotics.

I have an appointment with a GI specialist next week but I'm freaking out. I haven't been eating because I'm scared I'm either going to get bloated and be in pain or I'll keep bleeding. My guts make the weirdest sounds all the time after I eat, for hours...they gurgle constantly and it's embarrassing.

I'm so scared that it will be cancer. I'm only 26.

worrywort 08-17-2014 09:23 PM

Re: Scared I have colorectal cancer.
Please don't worry yourself to death about having cancer. I had bleeding and bloating and, I have had 3 colonoscopys and I have been diagnosed with IBS. I understand your worried. Just try to relax until your appointment. Wishing you well.

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