stu wrote:Coming from the UK I know how hard it can be getting heard by some GP’s but thankfully most are great .
Saying I doubt it’s cancer and backing that up with medical statistics would possibly have been more helpful . Maybe intensified your feelings of not being heard .
If you go onto Beating Bowel cancer UK you will find a booklet that you can use . I think it’s called “symptom tracker”. It will help structure your position and allow the GP to get a clear presentation of your symptoms .
I too had really odd symptoms and added some Jelly Babies to my diet . The gelatine seems to help bind things up nicely and has removed some issues . I am just using this example to show you not everything is sinister.
You could use the booklet and see if it helps get a better outcome with your GP .
Why were they measuring CRP? This test is not found on the usual blood-test panels. They must have had a reason for testing and re-testing your CRP.
boxhill wrote:And let me add that a diagnosis of Stage IV does not necessarily equal "game over" in any meaningful sense.
KimT wrote:Calm down. I don’t mind questions from people who don’t have cancer but I do mind when people act hysterical as if they are on deaths door when they have not diagnosed. Palliative care is the reality of some of the members of this board. Have a little sensitivity when you come to a board of cancer patients and survivors.
Cancer is only one of the possibilities of what might be going on with you and quite frankly probably the least likely. Cancer is the exception not the norm for problems in the colon. It is far more likely to be ibs or crohns.
I think all of us would encourage you to advocate for yourself when dealing with doctors. Request a colonoscopy. It is the only test that will confirm or rule out cancer in the colon. It can diagnose other problems in the colon.
In the meantime, lay off google and perhaps talk to someone about your anxiety. There really is no reason to assume you are dying of cancer.
Best of luck.
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