I've been posting quite a bit lately. I have had a flare up over the past few days but nothing too horrific. Mostly it's my worry that's causing me to seek reassurance rather than my symptoms. I know nobody can 'diagnose' me here and the obvious answer is to just go to the doctors (again!) which I will do when I get the chance. But for now I just wondered if anyone could relate to any of my symptoms and reassure me that they're more likely to be IBS than anything life threatening! As anxiety is one of my main triggers, the worry is making my symptoms worse and I'm in a vicious cycle at the minute. So here there are:
- Occasional erratic bowel movements - I can go for weeks with fairly regular/normal movements (although generally on the looser side) but then I'll have a few days of diarrhea and/or constipation. I also suffer from anxiety related IBS and get way more bouts of diarrhea if I'm in an anxious situation.
- Infrequent bleeding. Maybe one or two instances of bright red blood from my back passage every 6 months or so. Usually during a flare up or following a painful BM. I've had this checked and GP advised I have external piles which are probably the likely cause.
- A slight twinge on my left side in my abdominal area. Usually felt when passing a movement or when I'm windy (sorry TMI!) Not painful as such but a sharp twinge.
- Lower back ache that comes and goes.
I don't have any real abdominal pain/cramping and my symptoms aren't persistent - they come and go. But during a flare up I'm constantly googling my symptoms and the one thing that pops up over and over is bowel cancer, especially because of the bleeding/diarrhea. Can anyone offer any support or reassurance? I'm only 29 and there is no family history of the condition but I'm totally worried and don't know where to go from here.