IBS or Something Worse!?!
Posted 16 February 2011 - 04:35 AM
Posted 16 February 2011 - 05:24 AM
Posted 16 February 2011 - 07:30 AM
Ph.D in Biology
Posted 16 February 2011 - 09:17 AM
So pretty much just a case of waiting on the Doctor giving me the all clear??? Well HOPEFULLY giving me the all clear!?!My Fiance has IBS and she thinks my symptoms are similar to hers, I suppose I just want more re-assurance that thats all it is.I'm currently 2/3 stone overweight and as my first post said, trying to change my diet aswell as run 5k four days a week. I also play at least 18 holes of golf a week and referee football at least twice.Am I worrying about nothing!?!?!?! Health Anxiety is sooo rubbish, if it's not cancer it's something else!!!Thanks for your replies so far,Sid.PS - Doctor took blood and is going to check my Blood Count, Gloucose & Liver. Bog standard tests I assume???
Diet can effect the GI tract.The bends in the colon under the left and right ribs tend to be trouble spots (have to get things around the curve seems more troublesome than along the straightaways.Normal BM frequency is 3X a day to 3X a week.Most of the something worse on the right side under the ribs is not slight pain. It is severe can't move pain for 6 hours or more without let up. (gall bladder issues, that isn't constant pain, but it is much worse than what you seem to be describing)A little loose usually isn't a big issue, and can happen in normal people with diet, some foods (or diets, like how much fat you eat, etc) tend to loosen stools.Sometimes pain in one area will radiate or set of pain in other areas you might not otherwise notice. It's the misery loves company theory of some of the things that the nervous system can do with pain signals.For the most part the biggest scary thing (cancer) is much less likely to cause symptoms while you are still generally healthy than most other things (like IBS which always causes symptoms and you seem to be on the mild end of that and depending on how often you have symptoms may just be within normal issues any healthy person can have, if you have at least 7 days of symptoms every month for 6 months then it is IBS, anyone can have a few symptoms like IBS every so often, it is when they don't go away on their own in a fairly short period of time they see it as abnormal).The bad news is that makes it unlikely you find it early (so get age appropriate screenings, and colon cancer screenings start at 50) but also means most things that are causing symptoms are not going to be cancer. Cancer starts causing problems near the end and by then you wouldn't likely be healthy enough to go to the gym and be active like that as once it gets big enough to cause pain, it also is big enough to effect how your body works.Assuming the doc did the usual standard blood tests that should rule most anything that might be worse out that isn't extremely painful.