Apologizing in advance for length, but I'm pretty nervous about what's been going on with my body lately.
I am a 28 year old female with no family history of CRC, or any cancer of that kind. I'm an avid runner and a teacher, and for the most part, don't get sick often. I haven't been sick once this year. About a week ago, I noticed a change in my bathroom habits - I didn't have the urge to have a bowel movement despite no lifestyle changes or dietary changes. I thought this may have been due to taking Plan B over President's Day weekend. I kept an eye on it, but was pretty concerned by last Wednesday and took milk of magnesia. Since Thursday, I have had some narrow stool that isn't normal for me. On Friday I went to an urgent care and the doctor was not concerned and sent me home with fiber and laxatives, which gave me diarrhea the rest of the day. Saturday I took one normal-ish bowel movement and the other was like narrow stool. This morning I had another incidence of narrow stool. I'm concerned because this is such a sudden change for me - I have pretty regular, (i guess decently sized) BM's and have never had any trouble or stomach issues.. I have no cramping, no bleeding, nothing else besides constipation. Does this even qualify as constipation since I am actually going? When I do try to go, it feels like something is blocking it, like I can't get everything out.
My fiance, parents, and friends think I'm totally ridiculous for even worrying about the possibility of CRC, but I've done so much googling and internet sleuthing that I can't shake the idea from my head. This has been totally out of the blue and sudden, and I can't think of any other reasons for it besides stress (which I admit needs to be taken care of as well) - I have a lot of anxiety in general. I made an appointment with a GI for Tuesday, but can I go in and request a colonoscopy immediately? How do you suggest handling the GI appointment, and making sure my concerns are taken seriously? I'm nervous about it, but tbh I'd rather just get a colonoscopy then stop worrying because the stress is starting to wear me down - I can't even focus on teaching or wedding planning or anything!
Thank you so much - I greatly appreciate it!