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JMWC778
JMWC778

I have some silly questions but Is giving me anxiety,

I go to the bathroom normally but the shape is different, my Doc said is normal

Depending on what I eat, I can go from 1- 4 daily but always a minimum of 1 per day.

I do take Beets/Juice mix with other veggies, so I understand that can be a factor, but how long does that take to flush ect ?

I do not have a family history of any Cancer or Colon ect.

My doctor is refusing to give me a colonoscopy since I'm 32 with no health issues besides elevated BP- Blood pressure, which was due to stress and Overweight 30BMI.

Yes, I'm active and weight 205 -5,11FT Male. I eat healthily and I have my cheats days, I do drink on weekends.

I do have Right oblique pain, for over 9 months, but it feels more like a muscle, and I also spoke to my doc he felt my organs and blood test ect, he stated I have a Pulled muscle and that it takes time to heal, maybe is just be panicking, but I've been to my doc over 4 times, not this time I urge for a Stool test, and a Sonogram of my stomach, organs etc. he stated that this was extreme, and not necessary, but he will do it to please my mind.

so my question really is Perhaps is me overreacting or?

Highly aprreciated

Thanks.

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waist measurement? (BMI's very limited)

JMWC778
JMWC778 in reply to wbiC

Sorry I do not understand what your trying to say, are you asking me or telling me?

wbiC
wbiC in reply to JMWC778

(what is your) waist measurement?

JMWC778
JMWC778 in reply to wbiC

36 Large

wbiC
wbiC in reply to JMWC778

It does sound like you're over reacting. A "F.I.T. test" (blood in stool) is very easy to do and can be very useful.

JMWC778
JMWC778 in reply to wbiC

Yes, My Doctor gave me one, this is the 2nd day of testing, Tomorrow is the last day, and then back to the doc for results, etc. just I guess overreacting perhaps. overall I'm extremely healthy.

wbiC
wbiC in reply to JMWC778

A colonoscopy (along with the anesthetic used) does have small but notable risks (of problems leading to death), but can be justified to use for someone who has family history, disturbing (to a doctor) symptoms, and/or is getting on in life (eg. past 50 or 60).

A fair clue in areas where such procedures are 'covered' at times, is whether or not the procedure will be paid for out of pocket. When the government's willing to pay for it, I think it's more likely to be justified. Your country?

JMWC778
JMWC778 in reply to wbiC

USA NYC

wbiC
wbiC in reply to JMWC778

(spoiler alert: political opinion) OK, then, I see that healthcare system as a modest to extreme disadvantage (vs Canada and the UK), as it's more 'user pay' (less so, once retired).

In practice the user pays for most testing unless part of a paid private healthcare plan, so has more pressure to decide what to get tested for. If money's hard to come by, not enough testing may result. If money's ample, too much (riskier overall) testing may occur, though in this second case (most) doctors will succeed in discouraging testing that's not worth the risks.

JMWC778
JMWC778 in reply to wbiC

Worth the risk of the client or the risk of adding it to the list of check-ups ?> sorry i';m confused, that statement sounded more political than a health response.

wbiC
wbiC in reply to JMWC778

Doctors think in terms of risk to the patient, usually.

Is a test, which has some risks such as a colonoscopy, worth the likelihood at the present time with the present symptoms of finding something that needs dealing with?

Or, is it better to wait and see, or do other more conservative tests. Wait for your F.I.T. test.

JMWC778
JMWC778 in reply to wbiC

Yea , Something he said, but he also did not want to give me the F I T-test, I actually insisted, as he knows my Health history, but maybe I'm being paranoid.

wbiC
wbiC in reply to JMWC778

The F I T test is the route to go. Risk free, reasonably cheap.

Result could come back with a solid reason to proceed further to a colonoscopy, else give you peace of mind.

~wbiC, member coloncancerconnected forum

Colon cancer is on the rise in younger people now, for unknown reasons. (Here, "younger" means under age about 50). But you seem to have few if any symptoms of this or other cancer. A simple test for intestinal issues is to test for blood in your stool. Start simple with your testing.

JMWC778
JMWC778 in reply to Math_Person

Thanks for your reply but are you saying I have some or few? kinda confused me on that question. BTW I also have Lumbar pain, but that is due to my herniated disk

Nicole_GCCA
Nicole_GCCAAdministrator

Hello JMWC778 ,

Thank you for posting and I'm sorry to read about what you are experiencing.

Sometimes it can be difficult to know if you are pushing an issue with your doctor that isn't there, or if they are dismissing a legitimate issue. That's why we're such big fans of getting a second opinion. Having a fresh set of eyes can be beneficial.

I've worked with thousands of patients over the years and I will say this - while we may not have medical degrees, many times patients experience symptoms that are dismissed as not serious, and they turn out to be something that should have been taken more seriously.

I'm saying this not to cause you additional worry, but to say that if something seems off in your body, become your own health advocate. This could mean seeing various doctors and keeping at it until you receive answers as to why you are experiencing the pain.

In regards to your pulled muscle, I would ask, was that a specialist or a primary care doctor who diagnosed this? 9 months is a long time to be in pain, and perhaps seeing a specialist to investigate the cause of the pain would be worth it.

My first reaction is that no, you are not over-reacting - but that's because this is the internet - I do not know you and your history. People often use the word "hypochondriac" as a way to dismiss unexplained pain or symptoms. Trust me, people with hypochondria do exist, but without knowing you, there's no way to say you are overreacting, or if you are being dismissed by your doctor.

Your health is important - and we would rather advise you to seek a second opinion and self-advocate for additional tests, than just assume that it's you overreacting, and not getting answers for your pain.

You absolutely could have a pulled muscle, and I'm not sure how long those take to heal, but speak to a specialist who will be able to give you more information about a pulled muscle and what you can be doing to encourage healing.

A FIT is a very low-cost test to detect blood in the stool, and it is not unreasonable to request one.

Please keep in mind that this site does not offer medical advice, the members here are sharing from their own experiences. The only people who can diagnose you are doctors. We're here to help you in any way we can. I'd rather be called a hypochondriac and get a second opinion to determine the cause of my symptoms and pain, as opposed to chalking it up to "being in my head".

Please keep us posted, we're here for you!

~Nicole, GCCA Staff Member & Colon Cancer Connected Site Administrator

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