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Re: Please help! Need some reassurance!

Re: Please help! Need some reassurance!

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Posted by Angie E on August 27, 2000 at 17:07:45:

In Reply to: Please help! Need some reassurance! posted by Kimbre on August 27, 2000 at 16:48:07:

: Hello all. This is my first time here and I've been reading over alot of the post. I'm 34 years old and my doctor diagnosed me with IBS a few months ago, just be listening to my symptoms-he did do a test in the office where he checked for blood in the stool, but none was present. My father died of colon cancer last summer, so I am more than a little gun shy about anything of this nature! Before last week, I had only had one other episode of this and it didnt last as long as this one has. Last week, it was dirrhea, this weekend, I've been terribly constipated and when I do have a bm, it is very small and narrow in size. Last week with the dirrhea, I had alot of clear mucus as well. I have no pain, just some occasional discomfort. I'm going to try to get my doctor to order a colonoscopy, though I'm scared to death, but I'm hoping it will put my mind at ease. My husband and I are trying to have a baby, so I"ve been under alot of stress which I have read contributed to the IBS. I've been taking Citricel the last few days, but not much has happened and was thinking about taking a Correctol tonight. Should I do that?? Does this sound like IBS?? The only thing keeping me sane I think is that I've never ready anything about mucus in colon cancer, though I could be wrong. Any help and insite you can give would be so much appreciated!

I wouldn't take a Correctol. It might just make the problem worse. If the dr. said there wasn't blood in your stool, I wouldn't worry too much. I have mucus in my stools all the time when I have diarrhea. My dr. couldn't explain it, but it does happen quite often with IBS. I also have narrow stools, but that also happens with people with IBS. I've had a lower and upper GI and it didn't show anything major. I"ll be having my colonoscopy next month. My brother in law died at age 53 of colon cancer last year. From what I know about colon cancer, people with advanced colon cancer have severe bloody diarrhea. You stated you are trying to have a baby. Are there any fertility drugs involved? When I was trying to get pregnant and on fertility drugs, diarrhea was pretty bad. My diarrhea also kicks in during any hormone fluctuation, especially during ovulation. I'm sorry to hear about your father. Go ahead and have the colonoscopy. More than likely, there isn't anything major wrong, especially if there was no indication of blood in the stools. With your family history, it can't hurt. Having a clear conscience (and colon) might help you relax and then Bingo! you'll have a baby.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
Angie E

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