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    Unhappy 27yo female with worrying symptoms

    Hi all, I've been reading the threads for a while and have booked myself an appointment with a GI consultant tmr. I don't know what to expect, but my symptoms have been as follows:

    - Since my early 20s, I've had symptoms of IBS, though never diagnosed. Bowel movements tend to be quite often each day, and there are quite a few instances in a year that i have to rush to the toilet for an urgent BM (sometimes after a meal).

    - In more recent years, I've had very painful menstrual cramps, and they always come with v bad diarrhea and frequent BMs. Once I had to squat in the toilet the whole day and even vomited due to the intense cramps.

    - Generally, BM has been 2-3 times a day, and I've typically had quite a lot of smelly gas. I've attributed that to eating a lot of broccoli.

    - This year, some time in late-Mar, i suddenly had a very painful BM (something I've never really felt before). This continued for a week+, had BMs every day but had to strain and they were very painful. There would be a v sore feeling after the BM due to the strain. Appetite was normal. My diet didn't change, so i didn't understand why i suddenly had painful BMs. Ate more fruits and vegetables to ease the symptoms. There might have been mild bright red blood once or twice due to the straining on TP.

    - The constipation-like feeling went away for a while, but returned in May with vengeance. This time, it has lasted over a month. Very painful BMs, have to strain quite a bit. But this time, there were two separate instances where I felt a cramped feeling and had to let out gas to alleviate symptoms. Strained in the toilet to relieve the pain, and in these two instances, there was bright red blood. The second time, it was more than the usual, and toilet bowl water turned slightly red. Both times my rectum hurt a lot, and was sore for at least 2-3 days after that. Appetite was normal. Some days there was abdominal bloatedness/pain which was relieved when i had BMs, or let out gas (burped/farted). Smelly farts continued.

    - I went to the doctor soon after the second bloody BM, but he diagnosed me with anal fissure, brushed me off as being too young for cancer. Prescribed me syrup for chronic constipation. I took only one dosage of it, but stopped as my BM started turning soft and the rectal pain was gone. This went on for a week, and I've been having diarrhea. For 24 hours so far, I've had little appetite and no BM though I've felt some urge. Some bloatedness but no pain in abdomen. I also felt a fatigue and slightly faint yesterday when I was walking about, and had to sit down. My heart rate was high.

    - I woke up last night shivering uncontrollably, and only stopped when I ate a biscuit.

    - I just felt like I had to let this out, though I have already asked to see the GI consultant tmr morning. Appreciate any comments/advice. All your stories of courage and perseverance spur me on even as I am worried sick.

    <3 cheers

    [EDIT: Additional symptom is that I've been experiencing lower back pain the past week. Arms and legs ache as well. A few times in the last month that I've had BM urges after meals, with actual BMs. Another observation is that I've sometimes felt extreme lethargy after a heavy meal, not the food coma type, but just very tired and listless. Goes away after a while.]
    Last edited by worried27yo; 06-12-2017 at 07:21 AM.

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    You are doing the right thing and asked to see a GI specialist.

    My metabolism changed drastically in my late 20s and into my early 30s. I used to be able to eat anything I wanted and my body just "dealt" with it. I've also had issues with frequent loose bowel movements and the odd time blood in my stool. I'm now in my mid 40's and my blood pressure is high and so is my cholesterol. I was told to go on a high fiber diet, and of course to reduce salt, but what I've noticed is that my bowel movements are MUCH healthier...I haven't had any issues with blood in my stool. So my question back to you is....is your diet "bowel friendly"? I now take metamucil a few times as day as well as concentrate on eating much more fiber. I haven't felt this good in years.

    Anyhow, you didn't mention anything about your diet, except that it hasn't changed...but as you age, your body's ability to process and metabolize does change. Keep up talking with your doctors, but at this point, jumping to cancer is HUGE leap, when there are hundreds of other things it could be.
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    Worried,
    Sorry you are having these lost lasting symptoms.
    You are certainly doing the correct thing in chasing up with you're doc.
    The only thing I would suggest (tongue in cheek) is that if you had developing colon cancer over such a long period, by now you would certainly be in a worse physical state than you seem to be.
    I would suggest take this as a positive.
    Let us know how you get on and good luck.

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    Good morning Worried, I'm sorry you find yourself here looking for answers. Cancer is an awful disease, and I hope that it's not cancer! I suffer from a similar problem called Tenesmus, but I developed this problem from receiving radiation and chemo. I think you're taking the right approach with going to see a GI doctor, that is your first step. I wish you well!
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    Thanks for all your replies and well wishes. The doctor did a physical check for me and discovered some hemorrhoids, told me to eat more fibre. He did not seem to bothered by my symptoms but will be doing a colonoscopy this Sat to make sure that everything's okay. Fingers crossed on this one.

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    Fibre is the key! It would be very surprising for anything to show up on a 27 year old, but the colonoscopy will be good to ease your mind.

    Good luck and let us know how things turn out.
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    Very happy to hear you are being so proactive! In 2010 I was diagnosed at age 26 after being brushed aside bc of my age. Please keep us updated & let me know if you ever wanna chat.

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    hi friends, just wanted to update that i got my results, and it turns out just to be a redundant colon. it's a big relief for me, and i just wanted to say thank you for all your kind support and input. <3

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    Quote Originally Posted by worried27yo View Post
    hi friends, just wanted to update that i got my results, and it turns out just to be a redundant colon. it's a big relief for me, and i just wanted to say thank you for all your kind support and input. <3
    That's great news! Now get out there and live your life!
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    August 23, 2013 Diagnosed 5cm tumor on rectum wall: adenocarcinoma @age 66
    August-Sept2013 Met with Surgeon,Hematologist and Radiation oncologist
    Oct.-Nov.: Xeloda concurrent with radiation: 25 doses
    November CTScan, MRI and surgeon scoped: Tumor gone, scar tissue
    Jan.6, 2014 Surgery LAR: Rectum removed, sphincter remains: Pathology: no lymph node,
    Tumor downgraded from Possible T3 to T2.
    Feb. - April Chemo:5 FU and Oxilaplatin:6 infusions over 14 weeks
    Sept. 4, 2014 ColonoscopyClear,CT Clear
    Dec. 2014 Follow up BlWk good,CEA .9
    Mar.2015Follow up BlWk continues good, CEA .6
    June 2015 Follow up BlWk good, CEA .7
    Sept2015Followup BlWkgood CEA .7 CT ScanClear NED
    Dec2015SurgicalHerniaRepair surgery, recovering.
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    Good news indeed.
    Echo what Doug said.
    Barry
    Diagnosed stage 3 March 011
    Radical resection April 011
    Restaged 2b April 011.
    12/09 Colonoscopy clear but picked up hospital infection.
    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    October -still the same pains but under semi control.
    Additional chest CT scan ordered for 11th November prior to surgery.
    Sinus surgery done and dusted.
    July 2014 PSA at 5.10. 2months of antibiotics in case of UTI, jan 2015 PSA at 7.20.
    Prostate Cancer confirmed Gleason 3+3.
    Active surveillance for time being.
    Just a little recurrence and another 20 cm of colon vanished under the knife.

    Not all's rosy in the garden, but see following.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your still alive and kicking so far.
    Age and illness doesn't define who we are, but more what we are able to do.
    Motto
    Do what I love doing, when I can until I can't.
    and dodging bullets in the meanwhile.

 

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