Hello everyone! I'm new to this site, please see if any of this relates to you.
I have a history of constipation and hemorrhoid, though over the past few months, due to my drastic change of diet, I pretty much go once everyday regularly and the hemorrhoid got better.
But since four months ago , I can sense a slight itchy , burning sensation occasionally in my left side butt and it causes some pressure whenever I sit, like i have something lodged in my butt It's like my anal area got scraped by something, but no blood on the toilet paper.
because of my history of hemorrhoid , I didn't give it a second thought until I applied some hemorrhoid-P ointment like I used to, when the feelings never went away, I brought it up to my GI and he concluded the same thing but said my hemorrhoid is not quite bad enough to give me all those discomfort, just prescribed me some other cream and see how it goes.
The cream he prescribed didn't work for me though, he recommended that I do a stool sample test which came back normal.
I can actually live with it pretty fine , but because of my hypochondria, I googled it ,(I shouldn't have done, I know...) and read some articles about anal cancer that said some slightest things like itchiness can be a early symptom of anal cancer, especially if the itchiness doesn't go away even after treated. The part that worried me the most is how all those cases in which patients got misdiagnosed with hemorrhoid, only until the symptoms became noticeable, did they detect the cancer and it's already advanced.
I know for someone my age, the possibility of getting anal cancer is slim to none, and it's actually a rare form of cancer even if for people over age 50. But what I can't get off my mind is the "what if "sentence , like "What if I'm the one who got this desease?"
I keep putting my attention to my butt and thinking the 'cancer' thing. I think it's pretty unhealthy and desperately want to change this!