For the past 10 days I’ve had a lot of symptoms that have me terrified I have cancer. I’ve been crying a lot. Sorry for the lengthy message.
It started with insane amounts of mucus/pus coming out of my rectum. This also kept making me feel I had to poop, but it was just mucus throughout the day coming out. Then I started to notice blood in my stools and toilet paper/baby wipes when I wiped for the past 5-6 days. It’s been consistent. My poops look smaller. I’ve had lower left abdominal pain that comes and goes.
I didn’t want to waste any time so I was able to quickly get an appointment directly with a colorectal surgeon specialist 2 days ago. He examined me, did a finger exam in my rectum (think this is the digital rectal exam?) and he said my diagnosis is Proctitis. He said I have a lot of inflammation in my rectum that he can see and he can see the pus/mucus inside. He wants me to do a colonoscopy as well, which is scheduled early next week. He said he can only see so far up with the digital exam, and we need to see how far the inflammation goes up with the colonoscopy. I told him I was really terrified about colon cancer and he said colon cancer doesn’t usually cause mucus/pus like I am experiencing, and it is most likely due to inflammation. I just turned 35, and I’ve been so worried constantly. I can barely function thinking about this colonoscopy this Tuesday. Please help!