Hey guys, I am female, 33 years old and worried to death about bowel cancer. Last October I suddenly developed discomfort in my lower right abdomen. It was two days before going on holiday, and as I ALWAYS develop some form of physical problem when going on holiday. This come as no surprise to me as I have a long history of severe anxiety, hypochondria and manifesting those psychological problems with physical symptoms. I fear nothing more than my own body and the things it could do to me. So when I woke up with that twinge in my lower abdomen shortly before going on holiday I didn't even worry much, as I know how my body likes to freak out.
But the pain didn't go away. I went to my GP who sent me to the gynae (due to location of the pain, pretty much where my right ovary is). She found nothing. So I waited a bit longer. Back to my GP, who did blood tests. He knows me and my history of anxiety very well and suspected IBS. And then the pain just vanished. Just to return a few weeks later (on day 7 of my cycle). Just before Christmas, when I thought I was going to lose my mind, it disappeared completely. And then it was gone. Until a week ago. And here I am, back to where I started, sad and panicky.
I don't have any other symptoms. My digestion went a bit crazy for a while but I soon discovered that I had been constipated due to not drinking enough. So I upped my fluid intake. I initially thought constipation might have been the cause of the whole issues, as drinking plenty seemed to resolve it. But I am still drinking well and it's back
I don't think there's blood in my stool and I always feel very energetic and am enjoying my food.
The pain is rather strange. Dull and niggling, very localized, often hardly perceptible. Most of the time it's there when I wake up and then vanishes for the rest of the day. This time the pain started on day 8 of my cycle, so I am still thinking my ovary / ovulation might be the culprit. But the fear of it being bowel cancer is always there, eating away at me.
The next logical step would be going to see a specialist but I dread it. I've only had horrendous experiences with specialized doctors in the past. I'm in a wheelchair (nothing that affects my bowels) and they tend to treat me like an obviously defective piece of meat on wheels.
How do I stop worrying.