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Anxiety colon cancer (or IBS?)

  • By garypayton

    Goodmorning everyone,

    I am a healthy man (I hope) , 38 years old. I have a big health anxiety problem in general. I self-diagnose many horrible diseases, especially cancer. Needless to show you all the diseases that I thought I had this year, I assure you they were many.
    Now my problem is the fear of having colon cancer. My main symptom is having loose stools especially in the morning, everything I eat different from my usual diet causes me to have softer stools than normal. It’s not exactly diarrhea, it’s creamy stools. I have trouble having formed feces. I had no changes in the bowel movement, in the sense that I always go twice a day without difficulty and regularly. Never seen traces of blood in the stool, for now. I had problems with meteorism which I practically solved by eliminating above all pasta and bread, but I know that my intestinal sensitivity has increased a lot.
    I paid a visit to the gastroenterologist, who carried out an ultrasound of the colon, telling me that the colon does not seem to be suffering and that the walls are perfect, he felt my abdomen without finding masses or pain. He also performed an abdominal ultrasound, where the liver, spleen, pancreas, gall bladder, bladder and prostate were normal. He left me with an examination for celiac disease and gave me probiotics, but they are not improving the consistency of my feces.
    Unfortunately, my anxiety is still there after the visit, even though the visit was negative. I read a lot of people who suffer from unformed stools, without having serious health problems, but I know it’s not a good thing.
    I remember having unformed feces at other times in my life, but now I look at it every day and it’s becoming impossible. I know that the only test to be sure is colonoscopy, but the doctor didn’t consider it necessary to do it.
    Can I trust your visit? I have read conflicting rumors on the net, apparently the ultrasound of the bowel is however an undervalued test that can see tumors and serious problems, to then do more detailed examinations.
    I’m confused.
    I add that in December I made a proctological examination due to a small thrombosed hemorrhoid, the doctor gave me an anoscopy and told me that there was nothing abnormal and the hemorrhoids were only slightly inflamed.

    Any advice or word of comfort would help me, thanks.

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  • By ldonne

    Hi @garypayton,
    I can relate to your story in so many ways. Self diagnose – I’ve done that. For the longest time for me I was too experiencing loose stool. It took me awhile to figure out I was lactose intolerant. I’ve figured that in 2014. Ever since I have cut out dairy, I no longer have that problem. Maybe it could be something your eating.

    I’m more ibs-c with abdominal pain. This I still struggle with. For me having a colonoscopy was the last step to accepting I have just ibs. Because I wasn’t accepting it. Had ultrasounds, X-rays, barium swallows all which came back normal. Tested for celiac 80$ and that I wasn’t celiac. Even went on gluten free diet.

    I would get the colonoscopy done. It puts your mind at ease. It did for me. If your gastroenterologist won’t do it, you can always get a referral to another doctor. My doctor actually encouraged me to, been on so many different meds and all diagnostic test over the years that he referred me to gastroenterologist and after a year of waiting for appointment I got it done last summer.

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    • By garypayton

      Hi @Idonne,

      thank you so much for the time you took to answer me. I think you are right, being so anxious i think the only thing to ease my mind would be the colonscopy, but at the same time there is a part of me that doesn’t accept my fears, there is a part of me telling me that i’m overexagerating, that i shouldn’t be reading those horrible,sad stories online (every time i read it i feel it’s me, i must have cancer too). Logically one should think that a simple symptom like sticky stool cannot send your mind to think directly to a cancer, but that’s how crazy i am. I will have the celiac test (here is 65 euros…) and when i have the results i will write to the doctor and tell him my mental situation, to see if he can prescribe a colonscopy.

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  • By ldonne

    Your welcome @garypayton.
    There is a family history of bowel cancer in my family , I think this is what also made me want to have the colonoscopy. Be prepared to wait for the procedure, all X-ray and ultrasound, blood work test came back normal for me…. I waited a year from the date the referral was made to have the scope done. When they see nothing, they put you at the bottom of the list.
    Hope this is helpful.

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  • By garypayton

    Sorry for the question, which kind of x ray did you do? A normal x ray can show bowel problems? i read the ultrasound is a super underrated exam, that has in some case a 91-92% possibilities to find something weird in the bowel so that they can refer you to the colonscopy.

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  • By ldonne

    Hi @garypayton,
    I had the barium swallow done, they make you drink a chalky solution. I also had ct scan, X-ray abdominal and ultrasounds. All normal results. Just from my experience, i waited a long time to see a gastroenterologist, and when I did finally see him, he made me wait almost a year to do the colonoscopy. My colonoscopy happened last summer. Since my results were normal , he no longer makes me follow up with him. You might have to wait since your results are normal.

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