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Cry For Help
Jan 1, 2008
My story, 40yo male slightly (was) overweight, non-smoker, don't eat red meat, don't drink, high stress job last year and a half.
Several years of pain in left mid abdomen almost to the bottom of rib. Comes on and is aggravated by heavy lifting or bending. Disappears for weeks or months and returns. Two GI's sent me away saying it was not bowel but probably muscular. The last episode was triggered by BM's before defecation(one in the chamber), and the pain would radiate to left side and hip after BM, now pain has disappeared again.
New symptoms over last 2 months have been building. anxiety, fear of radiation from CT Drs have ordered, fear of perforation from colonoscopy, fear of findings. Came down witha stomach/intestinal virus or possibly food poison ? in Oct, after that have lost appetite, dropped 20 lbs, stools have gone from nice big fat tube that looked like peanut butter to a variety of abnormal ones. Some look normal the first couple of inches than lumpy at the back, some just little tiny pellets that are hard to pass, some strings of mucous in stools, sometimes some undigested particles like lettuce peas or berries, never any blood. Have a BM every morning like clock work, but lately have to return several times a day for smaller ones, have the feeling like I have to pass a big one and it's just a tiny lump.

I lost nearly $200k (all I had plus borrowed) in the market this year so my stress is beyond reason, I decided to end my Market career just as all this new stuff started. I have no appetite and have had reflux issues while laying down, but if there is a good meal in front of me and I get a taste I get hungry but seem to get full quickly (used to be able to out eat anyone)
felt bloated like my gut weighed 200 lbs yesterday after eating a large meal. Passed a small amount of gas this morning that relieved it and urinated clear pee most of morning (was I retaining water?)

I spoke to my GI Doctor yesterday and he told me that my newer symptoms could be from IBS and stress but is fed up with me for my phobias and to go to a shrink and call him back when i have my head together. I am worried that I have the worst and have had panic attacks in the last few weeks. Now on Lexapro for and xanax for anxiety. My primary says all my blood work is to good for me to have any issues and to wait out the anxiety depression stage before having invasive tests. The only good thing to come out of this is my stronger relationship with God and new appreciation for my Family, but worried that if i wait it out it might be too late. Should I just check into a Hospital ? could not handle bad results if they came would need to be drugged immediately to keep from harming myself. Please , need advice from knowledgeable source to make my decision. Bless you all !

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