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Cancer: Colon Message Board

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HEADS UP - I go into graphic detail about what I'm going through.

I have always been anxious over things that most people don't worry about, but for the past two months I have been VERY constipated. I have probably used the bathroom naturally less than 10 times in 2 months, and even then, it is never a solid big stool like I usually have,it is always loose, watery, and piled on top of each other(kind of like pudding) GROSS I know. The reason I did not immediately go to a doctor is because ever since I was 4 or 5 years old, I have had constipation problems, and even when I'm not constipated, I tend to only have a bowel movement every few days, which for most people is constipation, but when I was younger, the doctor said that there was nothing to worry about and I was fine (He gave me reasons why I only used the bathroom every few days, but I can't remember them, this was like 10 years ago).

Anyways, to get back on track, at first I thought it was just an EXTRA long bout of constipation, but about a month and a half ago, there was an instance where I had a bowel movement, and then when I wiped, there was a lot of bright red blood on the toilet paper, but none in the toilet, and from what I could tell, none in my stool. I worried and told my dad right away, and he said not to worry as it was most likely hemorrhoids (He has them) because the blood was fresh. So anyways, I have not had blood after a bowel movement since then, but now, just this last week, I started having slight sharp pains in the left side of my stomach, and occasionally in my pelvic area. I looked on webmd and it said that pelvic pain is a symptom of colon cancer in the later stages, which worried me to the point that now ALL I think about is "What if I have cancer", "I'm only 18, I don't wanna die", etc. I used a laxative earlier and when I went to the bathroom, my bowel movement was really long and as thin as a pencil, Which webmd ALSO says is a sign of colon cancer. I have a Doctors appointment set up for tomorrow and it is for a check up and I'm going to ask him to refer me to a specialist. I know I probably seem insane, and I have always been very anxious about things, but there is OBVIOUSLY something wrong with me, I just don't know what.

Also, I found a small white/clearish lump right outside the entrance of my anus today, that was not there a couple of days ago. It is pretty much painless, it's more of an itchy annoyance than anything. This terrified me because now I am wondering "Why me, why does this have to be happening to me?" I literally have so many scary symptoms of a colon or anal cancer and I am very scared.

No one on my Mother or Father's side has ever died of colon cancer, so that kind of makes me feel better, but I have most of the symptoms for colon cancer that I see when I check online.

Has anyone ever has a similar experience and found out what wrong with them?
I went to my appointment today. The doctor asked me some routine questions, felt my stomach, took my temperature, etc. She then checked my anus with her finger (Gross, I know :P) and she said I have hemorrhoids, and that is what the bump on my anus is, and is what most likely causes the blood I see on the toilet paper. She said it sounds like I have irritable bowel syndrome and that it's what most likely is causing the constipation and stomach pains. She said she does not feel worried at all about the possibility of colon cancer because of my age, and the fact that it does not run in my family, but because I worry so much, she told me to schedule an appointment with a GI specialist for a colonoscopy so I can have peace of mind and put this anxiety to rest.

She then took a blood test to see if I am anemic, which I should know by Wednesday. She said she highly doubts I am because I do not show any signs of anemia.

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