OK I'm going to start from the beginning and hopefully other sufferers will be able to tell me if what I'm experiencing is 'normal'. I'm getting really worried
Whenever I become nervous I get a dodgy tummy. Always have done. Over the past few years this has become a bit of an issue in itself and has led to me suffering from quite bad anxiety. If I'm travelling, going anywhere new or where toilets aren't readily available I tend to get anxiety attacks that cause urgent diarrhea which I think is related to the fight or flight thing. It's always quite loose and urgent but rarely affects me when I'm at home or in a 'safe place' so I started thinking it's probably in my head rather than a physical gut problem (although I have found certain foods like white bread and pasta do exacerbate the problem).
I have also experienced occasional bleeding during particularly bad flare ups. Over the past 6 months I've maybe had 2 or 3 incidents where I've lost a teaspoon's worth of bright red blood from my back passage. I got this checked out by a GP about 3 months ago. She did an examination and diagnosed external piles which I already knew I had from pregnancy.
Over the past few weeks I'm just feeling grotty in myself. I constantly seem to have a sore stomach, lots of gas and my stools are always loose. Not diarrhea but still quite soft (so sorry for TMI). I've also had lower back pain which I think is muscular. I can't say that any of it is so severe that it's preventing me from working or sleeping or going about every day life but I just don't feel 100%.
I have googled my symptoms (silly I know) and it always comes back to colon cancer - the bleeding, the loose stools etc. It's really worrying me. I have no history of cancer in the family and am only 29 so I know the chances are slim but I can't shake the worry. I know the only way to know for sure is to request a colonoscopy but I had one for something else about 7 years ago and it was a horrible experience. I'd really rather not put myself through it again, especially with my anxiety. I don't take any medication as I tend to have periods of relative calm and also because I still feel a lot of my symptoms are stress/anxiety related rather than diet.
I'm sorry to have waffled on but I just wondered if anyone else could share their advice, opinions, experience and thoughts on my case. Do I need to go back to the GP and request further tests? Would she have felt something during the examination if it were anything sinister? If it were anything else would my symptoms (such as bleeding) present themselves more often? I'm just so worried all the time. Thank you x