I’m a 24 year old male who has been experiencing belching, stomach discomfort, fatigue and loss of appetite when I wake up. I’ve been experiencing this for about a year now but haven’t really paid any attention to it until recently after hearing Chadwick Boseman died from colon cancer which I researched about.
I’ve been paying attention to my stool recently and there’s always black specks and sometimes a little red area within the stool.
Am I overreacting or should I be worried?
Hello and thanks for sharing and posting. I'm sorry to hear about the discomfort you are experiencing. Re: Chadwick...the colorectal cancer community is mourning the loss of such an incredible guy, and philanthropist. We hope that his loss will raise awareness and I'm glad to hear it has you reaching out.
The short answer is that if something feels off, you need to get it checked out by a specialist.
Everyone is different and by a picture alone even a doc won't be able to diagnose just looking at the stool. I recommend that you start with your primary care or even a gastroenterologist (some insurance requires you to first see your primary care).
Keep track of what's going on so that when you see your doctor you can tell them what you've been experiencing. Keeping a diary that tracks food, exercise and bowel movements can be useful (and may show you a pattern).
The fatigue and loss of appetite could be so many things but you'll only know for certain if you get it checked out.
Please reach out to your health care provider for an appointment. And DO keep us in the loop.
Be sure to bring a notepad and paper (and any notes you took ahead of time). Most of us get to the doctor and totally forget all the things we wanted to let him or her know about!
Please keep us posted,
Nicole @ GCCA