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Offline danielvarian

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I should also say, the average waiting time for the colonoscopy is 10 weeks (in Dublin), not sure about Cork, but maybe something similar.
It's still better than waiting months on end to get an appointment with the Gastro first.

My parents think there is no need as my doctor is confident that it is IBS because i suffer from anxiety.
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Offline Lililanny

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Well it's your choice, not theirs, you are an adult, and I mean that in the nicest way.
It's up to you. If you feel your symptoms are that bad, you can request it. It will rule out cancer and IBD's straight away.
On another note, you could try the FODMAP diet which is supposed to have very good results for IBS sufferers and see how you get on.
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I am nearly vomiting with the anxiety.
Due to the urinary symptoms he definitely thinks its ibs.
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Offline nole23

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Hey Dan,
I firstly just want to assure you that you are going to be just fine. I know what you are going through because I have been there many times. IMO you do not have anything to worry about, just perhaps something to fix, like your diet or your anxiety.
What I have learnt over the past 10 years of seeing many doctors/GI specialists and obsessing constantly over many GI issues, digestive problems, nausea, weird BMs, having a myriad of tests done, often...is that stomach issues are actually very common and they can go on and on and on... But it doesn't mean they are sinister! And they are made a lot worse when we focus on them. I know this well from experience.
My thoughts would be that you may need to change your diet in some way. A colonoscopy is prob a good idea NOT because I think you have CC, but to check for things like celiac, lactose intolerance, all sorts of digestive issues, again let me stress NOT because this could be CC.
You could (unlikely but *could*)have something like crohns or inflammatory bowel disease which would also be picked up on a colonoscopy, but honestly even those are rare when you think about how many ppl have the exact same symptoms and problems as us and never end up getting an actual disease as a diagnosis.
Dan you're  ok, it's highly unlikely that you have anything even remotely close to CC going on. Please try and keep calm. Breathe. You're just fine.

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Got the proper blood tests results from my doctor today,

Everything clear, no anemia, nothing out of range.
Doc says it is most definitely IBS now.
Because CC isnt discovered until late stage and lots of things would be out.
Agree?
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Offline Lindsay2427

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Great news on the blood work. CC can't really be diagnosised or ruled out by blood work alone however if it was advanced enough to show symptoms such as pain and change in bowel habits its likely something would also be off with your blood work such as low iron or liver enzymes because it almost always goes to the liver. Relax. You are 19 young and healthy. You have had multiple medical tests and blood work to prove it.
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Great news on the blood work. CC can't really be diagnosised or ruled out by blood work alone however if it was advanced enough to show symptoms such as pain and change in bowel habits its likely something would also be off with your blood work such as low iron or liver enzymes because it almost always goes to the liver. Relax. You are 19 young and healthy. You have had multiple medical tests and blood work to prove it.

She said my iron was perfect, red blood cells,white,platlets etc were all good.
Plus when i had the abdominal ultrasound it showed my liver as perfectly healthy (starting to lay off the booze due to this new problem) and (due to the belly i have gotten from it) i think thats what may have started this problem in the first place. The more I logically think about it, if i had advanced CC, the bowel habits would have started from the start eg. 5 weeks ago and not starting with the bladder then moving to the bowel which only happened like one week ago.

I have also heard it takes nearly decades for colon cancer to grow and be noticed.
So that mean's i would have had it since I was 9 or 10.
And we have no family history of CC.

What do you guys think?
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Offline danielvarian

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Need some input please.
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Offline Lililanny

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Hi Daniel,
That all sounds extremely positive.
You should keep a food diary and see how your body reacts to certain foods now, and take it from there. My Gastro told me about the FODMAP diet and after trying it for a few weeks I saw improvement with my symptoms.
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Hi Daniel,
That all sounds extremely positive.
You should keep a food diary and see how your body reacts to certain foods now, and take it from there. My Gastro told me about the FODMAP diet and after trying it for a few weeks I saw improvement with my symptoms.
One thing i noticed is that i had one beer at my nieces birthday party, and even while drinking the beer i felt like my stomach was going to explode from the gas.
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