Hi there. My name is Adam and I suffer from health anxiety.
For the past weeks in have suffered from a painful stomach which has radiated to my back. The pain is central and under and around my belly button. It feels tight like my abs are tensed and my stomach is hard to the touch. My bowel habits have also changed, I am not clearing my bowels properly and I just feel full up, just not normal going to the toilet. At first I couldn't go properly at all. Now I have had senokot for a few days i have gone a few more times and it is a bit looser but not like diarrhea. I don't have any blood in my stools.
The pain mainly occurs when I stand up and reduces when I am sitting down.
Because of my health anxiety I Google like mad and it is driving me round the bend because what keeps coming up for me is bowel cancer.
I'm purely looking for advice if anyone has it? Saying how I'm feeling helps and having another's perspective is always good.
Has anyone had symptoms like this and had bowel cancer?
I'm thinking to make an emergency appointment tomorrow to try and get checked out. It's tough with the health anxiety, causes such fear.
Any help is thanked massively in advance.