Colon cancer anxiety back with force

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worrywort87
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   Posted 9/1/2017 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a 30 year old obese (230 pounds, 5'9") male. At the end of last July I went to the doctor for urgency and diarrhea. I had a normal blood test (other than high cholesterol and low vitamin D), normal urinalysis, normal stool test (did not test for blood, only bacteria and parasites), and a normal abdominal CT scan with contrast (other than fatty liver).

When I was collecting the stool sample for the doctor there was blood on it. I keep a test kit handy and confirmed it was indeed blood.

Now my last three bowel movements have produced blood. The blood is red/maroon in color. The first time it was like a small glob on the stool. The second time there was again some on the stool and some on the first toilet paper wipe. This last time there were long streaks going down the entire sides of the stool of bright red blood and none on the toilet paper after wiping.

My urgency has improved but is still there and the diarrhea is no longer occurring.

I've been spending my nights awake and googling my symptoms. They say the occurrence of colorectal cancer is young adults is significantly on the rise and that I shouldn't ignore my symptoms. I'm having panic attacks and am obsessed and completely consumed with paranoia and anxiety about the possibility of having a colonoscopy, and, far worse, cancer.

I'm reassurance seeking and also asking for advice.

Also I've read that an abdominal CT scan with contrast would not show colorectal cancer. Would it show if I took had spread to my liver or lungs though??

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/1/2017 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi W.W.,

I am sorry this concern has returned to challenge you.:/ l know how persistent and scary these thoughts can be.

At the time of your tests last year, what diagnoses did the doctor give you?

In other words, what explanation was given for the blood on your stool?

He/she wouldn't have sent you on your way without finding a probable cause, such as IBS with hemorrhoids for example .

I think the answer to this question will go along way in determining how you should view your current experience.

I would hate to see you go through more expensive and uncomfortable tests...if this is a repeat flare of the previous problem.

S.C.
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worrywort87
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   Posted 9/1/2017 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
These tests were performed just in the last couple months. I actually didn't get seen for blood in my stool as that happened as I was taking the stool sample after my doctor visit. Since all tests have come back normal I actually did not receive any answer or diagnosis what-so-ever. I thought I was in the clear since the main symptoms I initially got seen for improved but now that there is blood I am more worried than ever.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/1/2017 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh I see!

Well, the good news is that you've had recent good test results...so the chances that you have a benign issue going on is in your favor.

So going back to your doctor for a consult specifically for this concern will see you getting the dx and help you need.

Try not to worry! I am pretty confident you will find you're dealing with one or both of the issues I mentioned above.

Keep us updated so we can keep you on support!

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
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