Bowel cancer fear bc of blood in stool - 20 years old

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Selena Mc
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   Posted 12/5/2017 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, new here. I'm a 20 year old female who has been dealing with serious health anxiety for the last 8 months. I worry about everything in life. Whenever I get over one of my fears, my anxiety latches onto something else. All I do is google everything. It started with a fear of having various mental illnesses, various STD's (mainly HIV), brain tumors, ovarian cancer, and now the worst one bowel cancer bc I have a concerning symptom - blood in the stool. No one can take me seriously anymore. My parents were laughing at me when I said I wanted a colonoscopy and they were like "we're in our 50's and still haven't had one!!" I've had constipation issues my entire life so there's no change in bowel movements. Regular brown stool color with a small streak of blood. I used to strain just about every time I went to the bathroom and had blood when I wiped (bright red dots). It used to hurt down there a lot too. Then I started fiber one bars and it stopped. Well, I stopped eating those. I also don't drink water that often. I only go the the bathroom once a week. My anxiety is very severe over worrying about cancer. I strained last week bc I forced a bowel movement just so I could see if there would be blood and there was and it's been continuing when I thought it would stop. I thought hemorrhoids/anal fissures went away quick. Can't concentrate and can barely eat or sleep bc of this fear. Normally my appetite is great it's just the severe anxiety that makes me not want to eat. There's no family history of any cancer in my family, but I still worry bc it doesn't matter. My doctor suggested a sigmoidoscopy for peace of mind. I don't think it'll be good and can't stop worrying! Has anyone had blood in stool and it ended up being something other than cancer? I feel like it's not iBD because I don't have diarrhea or much abdominal pain at all

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   Posted 12/5/2017 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
S.M.,

I am sorry that you are struggling with this current fear. I know how it is to have the relentless worries of Health Anxiety...miserable. :/

Straining with a bowel movement, and IBS-C (IBS with constipation rather than diarrhea) can both cause hemmorhoids and fissures that can be chronic. They start to heal, only to be opened again with the next difficult BM.

You are virtually at no risk for what you fear...and besides that, your symptoms do not match (occult blood is black, not fresh/red)

...plus, you have a history with Health Anxiety...all pointing to the same conclusion...

You should focus your energy on getting treatment for the anxiety issue.

Have you talked yet to your doctor about medication and or therapy? If not, this should be your next step.

Additional steps are to stop Googling symptoms immediately as it will just feed your fears....and instead, have a look at the top of the main forum page here where you will find our Resources. We have great material there to get started on...including links specifically for Heath Anxiety self help. smile

Keep posting with us as well if you find it helpful. We understand, care and support is key!

Scaredy Cat
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super20dan
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   Posted 12/6/2017 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I suffer from this also . the solution is high fiber intake. if I don't take it -I strain like you and go days with no bm . scat is right as usual. eat less red meat helps a huge amount too. chance of cancer at your are are slim to none

medved
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   Posted 12/6/2017 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Selena. At 20 years old, you really want to do something about the anxiety so it does not affect you for a lot of years to come. This is what I suggest: First, make an appointment with an internal medicine doctor for a complete physical. That is a good idea anyway, and it may give you some comfort that there is nothing physically wrong with you. And if there is anything, you can get it treated. Then, find a psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy. That is a relatively short-term, and very practical, mode of therapy that is particularly well suited to health anxiety. There is a lot of empirical evidence to support its effectiveness. In something like 10-15 sessions, you may find this problem completely eliminated, or at least very substantially mitigated. Why suffer when you can get treatment and move on with life? Good luck.

Selena Mc
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   Posted 12/7/2017 2:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I keep thinking I have cancer bc anal fissures/hemmoroids are supposed to hurt but I have 0 pain. If I didn’t have blood I would drop this fear but I can’t stop worrying. Haven’t had a bowel movement in days as usual. I just never feel like I have to go. Keep fearing death but trying to remind myself I could die in a car crash or something random at any time and I can’t control everything. I’m setting up an appt with a psychiatrist for some medication for the first time. I have done traditional talk therapy which has kind of helped and she said the anxiety is out of control (other health fears at the time). CBT I might not be able to get into until end of January. This is by far the most debilatiing fear. Read so many stories of young people who had just blood in stools and had like Stage 3 or 4. That’s what scares me - Stage 3/4. Stage 1 not so much although a cancer diagnosis at any stage is scary. 90% of my thoughts are about colon cancer everyday. My family thinks I’m being ridiculous and that it’s embarrassing bc I look miserable/uptight and everyone notices. Again if I didn’t have blood I wouldn’t just forget about this but more than one bowel movement with it signals a problem

medved
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   Posted 12/7/2017 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
You can easily find out whether you have any GI problem or not. Make an appointment with your internal medicine doc or, if you prefer, with a GI doc. They will be able to tell you whether you have any GI problems and, if you do, give you a treatment. The odds of a GI cancer, at your age, are extremely low. But you might have some other, more minor problem. Anyway, rather than living in fear of this, go see a doc and get an answer.

BUT then you also -- as you know -- need to deal with the anxiety issue, because otherwise you will jut have anxiety about some other health issues, and you don't want to be running to physicians every week.

CBT works really well for this. Maybe you can get in sooner, but January is not that far off.
I am not a medical professional, and nothing I write is medical advice.

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 12/7/2017 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Drink more water.
Eat more fiber.
Get a stool softener.

Take two aspirins and call us in the morning blush

Selena Mc
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   Posted 12/7/2017 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so worried about anemia too. I have those vertical lines in my fingernails which means anemia which could point towards cancer. I don't have heavy periods so it can't be that. I used to have very heavy periods then I skipped it for 3 months and ever since it completely changed and it's been light. I thought I had ovarian cancer before this. Omg this is so awful, seriously can't stop worrying. I'm drinking a lot of water and eating fiber. I might take a laxative later. Just feel like this all pointless bc something is seriously wrong. Feels like my throat is closing up and I have upper back tension bc of this anxiety. So afraid to go to the bathroom again just to see blood. Keep thinking I have stage 3 or 4 and it's going to be too late

medved
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   Posted 12/7/2017 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Make an appointment with a doctor so you can find out if there is anything wrong physically (and, if there is, you can get it treated). There is no reason you need to agonize over this, when you can see a doctor and get the answers you are seeking. Once the doctor tells you there is nothing physically wrong with you, then you can address the anxiety. Good luck.
I am not a medical professional, and nothing I write is medical advice.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/8/2017 12:08 AM (GMT -7)   
^^^^THIS!!!^^^

I second this advice!

You are going to be alright...

...but see your doctor for reassurance, and to make an anxiety treatment plan.

For now, start the Health Anxiety self help that I mentioned in my first response above!! It will work if you devote time and effort to it.

S.C.
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Selena Mc
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   Posted 12/9/2017 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I’ve been eating lots of fiber and my anxiety is getting a bit better. I had a small bowel movement yesterday (hard) and there was no blood. Ugh. Is it possible that hemmorhoids can cause blood on a few bowel movements in a row and then stop? I also eat tons of raspberries and strawberries but I doubt that’s what it was.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/9/2017 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
S.,

It is entirely possible. Like I said, hemmorhoids (internal and external) and fissures are likely to heal (causing no bleeding) and then get aggrivated/open, and then heal...in a cycle...

Have you tried a stool softener such as Colace? It is OTC and may help you to have more passable BM's without straining.

S.C.
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"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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