First of all, thank you to all those who responded to my 1st post. I was getting concerned enough about some abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits that I called the doctor today. We had an ice storm and as luck would have it he had appointments cancel and could see me today.
I went and explained all of my fears-
Colon cancer - from the insane change in bowel movements.
Liver cancer from the yellow color of some stool.
Pancreatic cancer - from stool floating.
Abdominal pain which meant certainly something was wrong in one of those organs.
He is a very good doctor, actually known as one of the best diagnostic doctor in my city. He and sat me down and explained why I was wrong about each.
Starting with colon cancer- He said he wish that they would remove that from the list of symptoms. He stated that that is "part of life" and dependant on diet, stress levels, water intake, etc.....and no indicator of anything.
As to liver cancer from the yellow stool. He said it was from a lack of bile due to quick transit time through the intestimes, or from food, or from any number of things, but that again, there are clusters of symptoms that would come along with liver issues, not just stool color alone, and that I would know something was wrong.
Pancreatic cancer from the floating stool. He said, "Yes, but again, you would have develped malaabsortion problems and have this long term, not on and off and it would be extremely foul smelling, as would the gas you would continually have before I would even look at your pancreas. And even then, I would be looking at the many easily remedied things that can cause your pancreas to act up, not for cancer.
Abdominal pain- He poked, prodded and felt around and told me that I had either a small tear in an ab muscle or a very small hernia developing. And that if it were organ pain, his poking would have caused to me to jump from the examining table.
He then told me I was a healthy 49 year old guy with mental issues that need to be addressed. He said "I could order a bunch of bloodwork and scans, but that tell me what I already know and would only make you feel better for a week". He also said, "If you have anything wrong with you and I refuse to test it, you have a great malpractice case against me. That is how sure I am that you have misinterpreted all of these symptoms".
So we talked about how to address the issue at hand. An OCD like obsession with worry. This time fixated on my health.. Drew up a plan and we will see how it works.
I guess my point is that I am a fairly smart guy. And I was CERTAIN that something sinister was wrong with me. But I misinterpreted everything my body was doing.