I HATE this anxiety. If it's not one thing it's another. Right now I'm really worried about colon/bowel cancer, but I'm afraid to ask Dr. Google and I'm really not sure how I would realistically know if I had it (realistically = not thrown out of proportion by HA).
My symptoms are:
-Loose stools occasionally, sometimes diarrhea, usually in the morning after drinking coffee (I know this exacerbates it for me).
-If not loose stools, my stools are still usually very soft (again, after drinking coffee in the morning). Sometimes I have a normal, pristine bowel movement thrown in there but it's a rarity.
-Occasional twinges/pangs of discomfort in my pelvic region that I'm not sure is uterine/ovarian associated with female stuff or if it's bowel related.
-Sometimes I feel discomfort when bearing down as though to have a bowel movement, but since I tend to want to "test" it to see if it actually hurts I'm not sure if I'm imagining it or if it's really there. I feel the discomfort (not pain exactly) from my rectum up always to my navel. Again not sure if it's from womanly stuff (I'm prone to cysts) or not. I want to say that if I were imagining this, I wouldn't feel the discomfort thought :-\ Could internal hemorrhoids cause this? Seems like it would be localized lower down your rectum if it were...
-Occasional pain, like gas pain, in my lower intestine region that isn't always alleviated by passing gas and hurts when I have a bowel movement. Doesn't last longer than a day or two and doesn't happen that frequently. Could it be IBS? Ugh, too many possibilities.
-No bleeding but I've read that doesn't always occur with colon cancer.Some pertinent information:
-I was actually diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago when I was only 24. No family history. Since then, every TINY LITTLE thing is cancer this, cancer that. It's absolutely debilitating. I know the statistics for colon cancer are extremely rare in people under 50 but honestly statistics mean very little to me now. I guess that's why this is terrifying me.
-No family history of colon cancer (or any cancers that I'm aware of), but like I said... ^^
Can anyone PLEASE help me with this?? I'm going completely crazy worrying over this because I don't know what's really a worrisome symptom of colon/bowel cancer and what's not. I cry so much thinking of leaving my precious 13 month old son without a mommy
The thought of that is excruciating. Please help!!