Very worried about signs/Symptoms of Colon Cancer
I will preface this by saying I already went to the doctor. I belong to one of those big HMO's that starts with a K, which don't really like doing invasive tests if they can at all avoid it. My doctor does not think I have colon cancer, so doesn't want to schedule a colonoscopy.
He wants to wait and see how things progress. So in the meantime, I'm here worrying I have something and it would be great if I could get a better idea from those with a bit more experience than I do.
I'm early 30s, eat healthy, fit body, no serious health problems at the moment. Father had colon cancer at 64 years old.
For the past 4 months I've been experiencing discomfort in my upper left quadrant as well as bloating. The boating is definitely the most prominent symptom though. As soon as I eat, like within 10 seconds, I get a massively bloated stomach. The bloating will remain for quite some time too. Over this 4 month period there are times where the bloating subsides, but it always comes back...as if it's never completely gone for good. Would bloating from colon cancer present this way? I've tried a PPI, taking fiber, drinking more water...nothing is helping. Bloating comes out no matter what type of food I eat as well.
I additionally had a physical with full blood tests recently and everything like normal.
Kaiser Permanente. Sigh. Right, then.
I am not a medical person, but it really sounds like it could be some kind of food intolerance. Did you talk to the doctor about that?
We don't diagnose here but I agree with GMSibling. Can you get a second opinion?
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Originally Posted by GBMsibling
The thing is, it comes on with any and all types of food. I've fasted, then ate, and it happens. Fruits, veggies, dairy, sweet, salty....doesn't matter what it is. There are even times when I begin to prepare food, and I can feel it beginning to start bloating. Its as if just the sight of food is enough to get my stomach bloated...I did tell the doctor, he wants to wait and see.
To the other poster, I don't believe a second opinion from another Kaiser doc will do anything..they all seem to be the same.
This suggests that it may not be a physiological cause.
Originally Posted by maxrelin1
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I know nothing about colon cancer, but I also belong to that HMO and found every doctor is different. Whether you like the HMO or not seems totally to depend upon the doctor you see. Mine happily refers me to a specialist. If you are not happy with the doctor you see, switch doctors. Also, perhaps you could ask for that mail-in test they do now frequently in place of a colonoscopy.
Does anyone know if the bloating associated with colon cancer (or god forbid pancreatic cancer) would come and go? I would like to think a tumor that has grown to cause bloating wouldn't just come and go considering it's due to a physical obstruction. Can anyone comment?
Sounds like a peptic ulcer... A simple H.Pylori test will determine if you have an ulcer. Go and see a doctor as we cannot help you.
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Frankly doesn't sound like CRC to me, so I'm with the others.
CRC is not a silent cancer, it lets you know and has clearly defined and well recognised symptoms.
In your case with 1 of several symptoms I would not disagree with your doctor.
You don't have cancer until you're officially diagnosed.
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