first time poster. let me try and explain my situation here.. so i just recently turned 19, ever since i was little, i remember having chronic problems with constipation. throughout my teen years it began to worsen, i tried drinking coffee, tea, a high fiber diet, changing my diet, you name it, it didn't really seem to work. my stool was always very painful and often times very bloody.
over the last year and a half my constipation has changed into on and off diarrhea. it comes and goes in random bouts, sometimes its impossible to control, others not so bad, and other times its just regular 'ol constipation. again, i have tried everything including avoiding common allergy triggers and changing up my routine and such. again, nothing really seems to help. about half a year ago, my stomach pains were so severe that i spent a night in the hospital. (keep in mind, i try and avoid hospitals because of trauma, so this was a big deal for me) i was given blood tests and urine tests and according to the GP, everything was normal. he gave me a rec for stool samples and an ultrasound on my stomach. i foolishly, did none of these things as i was scared. i wish i could report that the symptoms had subsided, but no they have not. one time i took a look down there, and noticed a few strange bumps inside. i googled this and yes, they are definitely polyps. more often than not, i wipe and notice that i am bleeding and its visible in my stool. my butt also is very irritated and itchy and soar all the time.
im concerned because this just hasn't gone away and has become very painful to deal with. my cousin at the age of 23 passed away from colon cancer, because he was so young he didn't think 2 get screened and by the time they caught it, it had been too late. i just wanna know if this is a valid fear, if theres some legitimacy 2 my worries and such.