Hi all. I find myself here in the midst of another battle with anxiety, hoping for some kind of guidance, whether it be for colonoscopy or counseling for this madness.
Last July, I came down with an upper respiratory issue. Fast forward three weeks of various antibiotics and resulting severe constipation, and I suddenly experience this stabbing, cramping catch in my left side. It evolved overnight to an even worse cramping pain in my side, directly under my ribs, so that it sent me to the ER. CT scan done, x-ray done, no diagnosis. No blood in stool, no diarrhea. A week later, I’m back again with a similar pain in the right. CT scan again but with contrast on suspicion of colitis. Again, no results.
This pain has been with me since August. It’s not crippling- I dare say it’s tapered off some since those ER trips. But it’s there. I’ve been to a gastroenterologist twice, who thinks it’s musculoskeletal and “slight IBS” and doesn’t see the benefit to a colonoscopy because I have no weight loss, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or thin stools. I’ve been to my regular doctor countless times. I’ve had 2 more x-rays that showed nothing more than full bowels/constipation. In this time I’ve had occasional spots of bright red blood on the outside of stools ( which are usually very large, typical for my pre-antibiotic norm ) when they’re harder to pass.
I’ve had a strange pulling sensation in the lower left side of my abdomen, right above my hip bone, that started with all this. Almost like a stretched muscle. It comes and goes, but I feel like I’ve brought it on once by straining hard to go. No particular foods seem to trigger any issues. One doctor in January gave me Linzess, and after a week, I thought there was improvement. Now here I am again with this weird pulling sensation and intermittent pain.
I’m 31. No family history of colorectal cancer. Four full CBCs since August with steady, good numbers. One ESR in January with a 14 on a scale of 0-29. I’m scared out of my mind that this is colon cancer and we’ve just lost 6 months because no one thinks my symptoms warrant the colonoscopy. I even requested one for peace of mind, but the gastro won’t schedule it without seeing me again, despite an order/referral from my PCP. My step-uncle has been battling stage IV for 4-5 years now and the man is an absolute powerhouse, but I don’t think I have that kind of strength in me.
Does this sound familiar to any of you? I’m so sorry to be here, when all of you are dealing with such very very real problems. But I don’t know where to turn.
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on Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.