Because I have anxiety, my stomach often reacts strongly to my emotions. As far as I can remember, I've tilted towards the more constipated side of things, very rarely have diarrhea. My biggest problem is just bloating and gas, and that's been a problem ever since I was a kid. I haven't seen a general physician in 5 years--seen plenty of gynecologists who checked my vitals but no regular doctors in the past 4-5 years.
I just figured out that my "IBS" symptoms (which my family just kind of diagnosed by themselves because they all have IBS) could be colon cancer or ovarian cancer. I'm only 23 and I haven't noticed any changes for the worse...in fact it seems like when I cut wheat and gluten out of my diet, my symptoms improved slightly (My stools are still kind of hard, but at least I go almost every day). My symptoms seem more indicative of IBS than colon cancer but a part of me doesn't even want to get it checked out because I don't want to deal with the anxiety of treating it! There's no cancer in my family other than a few very old people, and no colon cancer.
I'm just so worried. I'm afraid my boyfriend will leave if I get sick and I don't know what to do. I'm afraid that even if I do see a doctor, they won't test me for colon cancer because of my age (screenings start at 50 and I have no genetic predisposition). I also know that when I was thirteen, I randomly held my #2 in for like 1-2 weeks- could that have started colon cancer?
I'm going to see a doc, but also, is it basically a death sentence that I haven't seen a regular GP in like 4-5 years?