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    Quote Originally Posted by shotta287 View Post
    Very anxious about bowel cancer now. I had a pretty normal bowel movement yesterday but today initially I had to strain to let out hard pebble like stools almost. Then after a short while of more straining, the rest of the stools were mushy and soft.

    What could this mean?
    It means you likely experienced constipation, can very easily be due to lack of good fibre or not enough water etc. Inactivity can also add in.

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    Re: Upset stomach for weeks

    Thank you for the kind words Mouse.

    Iíve been very inactive for the past week or so and taking a lot of painkillers and decongestant tablets due to the flu.

    I still canít get the worry of my stomach out of my mind though. Since the end of April Iíve been like this.

    Did the stupid thing of reading up about bowel cancer and how it can affect younger people too (Iím 25).

    Iíve been trying to keep a calm head and telling myself that although my stools are a little on the soft side, it isnít diarrhoea and I pretty consistently have bowel movements once per day. Yet to see any blood either. I did experience nausea but that has subsided over the past two weeks.

    But what fuels my anxiety is that since I had that takeway meal 2 months back, Iíve had cramping at times, gas and just donít feel hungry as much. If I try to eat a large, fatty meal, I just about finish it but end up being bloated after.

    My weight tends to hover around 67kg (I find it very difficult to gain weight always have unless I hit the gym and train muscles). I weighed myself earlier this week after quite a while and Iím at 65/66kg. I definitely feel skinner too.

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    Re: Upset stomach for weeks

    Had a pretty normal bowel movement earlier, well formed (sorry if TMI) but Iím now worried again as although stool was mostly light brown, there were also dark patches.

    Obviously Iím thinking thatís now blood from somewhere upper in the system.

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    Re: Upset stomach for weeks

    Nope, it really isn't, it doesn't work like that.

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    Re: Upset stomach for weeks

    Quote Originally Posted by shotta287 View Post
    Had a pretty normal bowel movement earlier, well formed (sorry if TMI) but Iím now worried again as although stool was mostly light brown, there were also dark patches.

    Obviously Iím thinking thatís now blood from somewhere upper in the system.
    Nope, just different foods. Nothing to worry about.

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    Re: Upset stomach for weeks

    Thank you for the reassurance ^

    So, after two days or so of me being relatively less anxious, Iím worried again! Had a bowel movement today, the stools were kind of well formed, bit on the soft side but came out very quickly (apologies for the TMI). Seemed to be sticky too.

    Iím on my 4th day of antibiotics now for a suspected sinus infection but I just canít help but worry my jumpy stomach is something sinister.

    The only thing that is keeping me away from going to my doctor (again) is that I donít have any red flag symptoms as in actual diarrhoea multiple times a day (in fact my bowel movements are pretty consistent same time once per day) and no blood.

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    So, almost a month later and I am still worried. Waiting on the blood test results, another week to go I think.

    I think my hunger is mainly being suppressed by my constant anxiety and worry. Iím averaging I reckon almost 2000 calories per day but I dare not check my weight just yet. My trousers feel a little looser so I know Iíve lost weight.

    I donít know what it is that is fuelling my worry. Maybe itís the whole weight thing and feeling less hungry. Bowel movements are still consistent at once per day although I never seem to have one long poop anymore, always comes out in pieces and is light brown/pale in colour. Does this mean some sort of malabsorption? I only have occasional bloating and gas, definitely doesnít happen every day. Donít feel tired or exhausted.

    However, Iím really on the verge of going back to my doctor and asking for a sigmoidoscopy. I donít know if my symptoms warrant it but I will push for it.

    My initial worry was coeliac disease, hence the blood test. Over the past 2 weeks or so, it has morphed into bowel cancer. I have started the process of getting help for my health anxiety but Iím hoping all this stomach stuff is nothing serious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shotta287 View Post
    So, almost a month later and I am still worried. Waiting on the blood test results, another week to go I think.

    I think my hunger is mainly being suppressed by my constant anxiety and worry. Iím averaging I reckon almost 2000 calories per day but I dare not check my weight just yet. My trousers feel a little looser so I know Iíve lost weight.

    I donít know what it is that is fuelling my worry. Maybe itís the whole weight thing and feeling less hungry. Bowel movements are still consistent at once per day although I never seem to have one long poop anymore, always comes out in pieces and is light brown/pale in colour. Does this mean some sort of malabsorption? I only have occasional bloating and gas, definitely doesnít happen every day. Donít feel tired or exhausted.

    However, Iím really on the verge of going back to my doctor and asking for a sigmoidoscopy. I donít know if my symptoms warrant it but I will push for it.

    My initial worry was coeliac disease, hence the blood test. Over the past 2 weeks or so, it has morphed into bowel cancer. I have started the process of getting help for my health anxiety but Iím hoping all this stomach stuff is nothing serious.
    Youíre not actually describing anything that requires a doctor. Youíre anxious and therefore less hungry, your not eating as much because your less hungry therefore you may find youíve lost weight.

    As for the colour of your stool, what are you eating? That plays a big part in things. You may find drinking more and eating better (not necessarily more) would return the stools to the state that you expect but frankly what you have is a far shout from abnormal.

    You are occasionally gassy/bloated, I donít know why this is a particular worry, itís perfectly normal.

    So ultimately you would go to the doctors for:

    - Regular consistent bowel movements.

    - Weight loss because youíve been eating less. (Also known as a diet if you do it on purpose)

    - Occasionally feeling gassy/bloated.

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    Re: Upset stomach for weeks

    Mouse, apologies for the late response, but thank you very much for the reassurance. I really appreciate it.

    Iím pretty sure my anxiety is suppressing my appetite. Any tips on how to overcome this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotta287 View Post
    Mouse, apologies for the late response, but thank you very much for the reassurance. I really appreciate it.

    Iím pretty sure my anxiety is suppressing my appetite. Any tips on how to overcome this?
    Honestly, eat. Get yourself back into a normal routine with food and work on the cause of the problem and tackle that anxiety! Meditation, medication, mindfulness, therapy, coping techniques and grounding - all good options, even better in my experience to combine as many of them as possible!


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