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Symptoms, please help...

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  • Posted By: Kimberly83
  • April 24, 2007
  • 04:53 PM

Hi everyone. My name is Kimberly, I am 23. I am really scared, I've been having some symptoms and my doctor found some anal fissures and hemmoroids, and also took some stool from my rectum and tested it and found it negative for blood (this still doesn't convince me, because I've heard it's more accurate to do this test with stools when you actually go to the bathroom, but to be safe, I am still scheduled for a colonoscopy May 10th. Here is what is going on, tell what you think. On and off since I was about 16, I have had blood in my stools at times, sometimes just on the toilet paper and at other times seeming to "coat" the stool in a bright red...it comes and goes, yearly or sometimes every few months. Most recently a week or so ago, I noticed a red clump like a piece of something, on the toilet paper and a red coating on the tip of the stool. Also, what looked like a ball of white mucus. I just chalked it up hemorroids or other problems in the past, but I had spoken to my doctor a few times about it, and she has consistently checked me for anemia problems, as well as kidney and liver problems, and has found nothing. last time for liver problems was about 10 months ago, anemia 2. I went to a GI doctor who set up a colonscopy in December, but I had a bad cold that day and didn't want to take the chance of going. As far as other symptoms I notice that concern me about it being colon cancer are that I have trouble straning at times, and lately my stools seem soft and flat and narrow. My side hurts when I strain, and I sometimes have rectal pain. I don't have any stomach pain really, but some symptoms I do have that concern me are in addition to the flat stools, (from reading symptoms online) are that I am frequently gassy and sometimes after I have gone to have a bowel movement, I still feel like I need to go and sometimes only a little bit of stool comes out. It has me really scared. I tried to make myself feel better by telling myself if it is colon cancer, I'd be feeling much worse by now if I'd had it all these years, but that may not be true. I don't have any nausea, am not losing weight, and as I said, am not anemic. I get diarrehia and lose stools occasionally, but not too frequently. My doctor who I saw in December told me she believes it may be anal fissures. Looking up symptoms, I also suspect it could be possible inflammatory bowel disease..I'm going to reschedule the colonscopy, which has me scared as well, I know I should do it to find out exactly what is going on, but the thought of it scares me because its been so long since I've had anything done where I needed to be put to sleep. So if others could share their colonoscopy stories I may also feel better. Also, both of my parents had polyps, my mom is 53, my dad 59, and my mom was pretty young, not much older than I am, when they found she had some. Another reason my doctor wants to do a colonoscopy and endoscopy. Also, due to this, I tried to make myself feel better by telling myself I am still too young, but looking online and reading the stories, that doesn't seem to be the case either...any support, guidance, or ideas about what could be going on would be appreciated...I also have a chromosome disorder called Turner Syndrome which makes Inflammatory Bowel diseases and Colon cancer more likely...since my appointment last week, my doctor put me on a laxative to keep my stools soft, but it just seemed to make them even more watery and soft and loose, almost like diarrehia. Also I've been noticing food particles in my stool, plus I've had two colds with a cough lately, and have been on a lot of cold medicine, my lack of resistance is also worrying me. Sometimes I get a mild pain in my right side of my chest making me worried that this is colon cancer that has spread to my lungs. Also, since around the time I've gotten this cold, I've noticed a little less apetite, and that I may be losing a little weight. Any insight into what could be causing this mess would be helpful, lol :D

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  • HEY KIM, I AM A MOTHER OF THREE CHILDREN.DURING MY LAST PREGNANCY THE DR.'S HAD TO INDUCE ME A MONTH EARLY DUE TO THE SEVERITY OF MY HEMORRIODS. THEY EVEN TRIED A MORPHINE DRIP TO EASE THE PAIN WHILE STILL PREGNANT. NOT GOOD! THEY HAD NEVER SEEN SUCH A LARGE CLUSTER OF THROMBOSED HEMORRIODS LIKE I HAD. AFTER DELIVERING MY DAUGHTER, I WAS THEN DIAGNOSED WITH A LARGE FISSURE.ARGH!!! THE PAIN WAS UNIMAGINABLE,MY BIGGEST FEAR OF HAVING TO HAVE SURGURY HAD JUST COME TO REALITY.I DID NOT GO TO A GENERAL SURGEON.I WENT TO A COLON SPECIALIST IN ORLANDO,FL WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO THE BEST.I UNDERWENT A HEMORRIODECTOMY,FISSURECTOMY AND A SPHINCTERECTOMY.OH,THIS WAS ALL DONE OUT PATIENT,I WAS SENT HOME COVER A HOUR AWAY AFTER THESE SEVERE PROCEDURES. TRULY,WORDS CAN'T EVER EXPRESS THE PAIN OF THE RECOVERY.PLEASE DO NOT RUSH INTO ANYTHING ,WITH OUT TYING EVERY AVENUE,YOU CAN BEFORE OPTING FOR SURGERY. I HAVE NEVER BEEN THE SAME PHYSICALLY SINCE THAT DAY. I'VE LOST BOWEL CONTROL,THE PAIN IS WORSE AND EVEN THOUGH I'M NOT OVERWEIGHT AND NEVER HAD ANY MORE CHILDREN.. THEY CAME BACK LIKE BAD LUGGAGE. I HAVE BEEN IN THERAPY FOR THE DEPRESSION I EXPERIENCE DUE TO THE PAIN AND THE RESRICTIONS THAT MY BODY NOW HAS. IF I CAN HELP ONE PERSON RE-THINK SURGEY SO THIS DOES NOT OCCUR AGAIN ,THEN DAMMIT I WILL!!!I HAVE SINCE BEEN TO SHANDS,MAYO CLINIC AND CLEVELAND CLINIC.UNFORTUNATE FOR ME THERE NOT MUCH ANYONE CAN DUE FOR THE DAMAGE THAT I LIVE WITH EVERY DAY.(CHILLED WICTH HAZEL SOAKED IN COTTON BALLS IS WONDERFUL :) ) I TAKE A SLUE OF PAIN MEDS AND CONCENTRATE ON THE JOY'S IN MY LIFE LIKE MY WONDERFUL HUSBAND AND CHILDREN. I OFTEN WISH I COULD HAVE DONE IT OVER, BUT THAT'S NOT REALISTIC.KIM,I DON'T MEAN TO SCARE YOU,JUST BE REALLY CAREFULL IN YOUR DECISIONS.AVOID HOT SPICY FOODS,FRIED FOODS AND STRESS(HAHA)YOGA HELPS AND DEEP CLEANSING BREATHS,BUT HAVE FAITH IN GOD IT WILL GET YOU THRU. OH,TRY PERSCPITION LYDOCAINE 2% GEL,KEEP IN THE FRIG,THIS IS AWESOME FOR THE INTERIOR RECTAL PAIN ALONG WITH PAIN MEDS. DON'T EVER FEEL LIKE YOU CAN'T GET A SECOND,OR THIRD OPINION.REMEMBER, THIS IS YOUR BODY,YOU DON'T NEED TO JUSTIY YOURSELF IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE DR.'S
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  • Last week in the evening after being out in the sun for a tennis match, and after I ate, I felt like I was going to have diarhea. When I tried moving my bowels, I felt constipated, but I finally was successful. I didn't have diarhea, however. Thirty minutes later I felt the urge again and then I did have diarhea. After that and for the past week I have had stools that are flat and sometimes I feel as if I have to poop, but I can't. I don't have gas or blood in my stool and there is no history of colon cancer or any cancer in my family history. If I had a tumor, would the symptoms come on so suddenly? Someone tell me what might be going on. Thanks,Gerry P.S. I often get diarhea if I get too much sun. I am 57 years old and in good shape.
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  • Everyone with digestive and colon problems - you must look at diet and allergies as a possible cause! To Kimberly and anyone else with colon problems: Please try to find a practitioner who does a technique called NAET. NAET is the only treatment I am aware of that can pinpoint an allergy - this often could be to vital nutrients like calcium, vit c, and protein - where you are not assimilating nutrients and your brain is signaling a hyper immune response. NAET will actually reverse the allergic response - it is fantastic. Please look into this - it is very helpful for people with Crohns, IBS, Celiac, and others. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is also excellent for most GI disorders. Try to eat a bland diet, avoid dairy, gluten, sugar (especially High Fructose Corn Syrup), caffeine. Get a good quality PROBIOTIC with several strains of beneficial flora to help build up your intestinal flora, which in turn will help strengthen your immune system. Jarrow makes some good ones, and you can find this on www.vitacost.com or at any good healthfood store. Maria - I am so sorry to hear about your "Day surgery" nightmare. Laparoscopic surgery as "Day" or "Outpatient" surgery is criminal, in my opinion:mad: . I too had lapo surgery and they kicked me out of the hospital after a one hour recovery, and it was horrible! This should be illegal in my opinion...and I agree that surgery should be a last option for most cases. Please consider NAET and acupuncture as options - they are wonderful treatments and help get the body back in balance. www.naet.com and www.acufinder.com for more info. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Don't waste your money on PROBIOTIC. they do no good. I spent money on PROBIOTIC for months and found no difference in improving my GI tract. I have and still suffer from IBS. diet change, alternative medicines have done no good. Go to a GI doctor that you trust and is understanind before throwing money down the drain in quick fix
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