Posted 09 January 2008 - 03:20 PM
I've noticed, in the last week or so, that my bowel movements appear to be normal in everything except that they are a bit flattened on the side. Some days they're a bit runnier than usual, but that usually seems to happen after I've eaten a lot of fiber the day before. But usually, the BM is thick, solid, and appears normal in color. No blood present (though I did have a very brief spat with external hemmorhoids after a brief bout of constipation late last summer; itchiness cleared up immediately with Preparation H, and constipation was gone immediately once I added more fiber to my diet). No weight loss, fatigue, or other symptoms associated with colon cancer. I wouldn't call it thin, but it does look a bit strange flattened on the sides. They're still the normal length and width & certainly nowhere near pencil thin. What could be the cause of such flattening? I'm curious because today I heard that my 32 year old cousin is going in for a biopsy for possible intestinal cancer. I'm 35 & a bit of a hypochondriac, so when I noticed the flattening of my stools in the past few days I became, as you might imagine, alarmed. The only things putting me at ease at the moment are the facts that it appears there are a lot of possibilities aside from cancer to explain this and I'm only 35 & in good health.My biggest problem is that I'm a private contractor who does not have health insurance. I'm in the process of applying for regular jobs with benefits, but it might be a couple of months before those shake out. I know I could go to a health clinic, but I'm worried that if I do have something seriously wrong a new insurance company might view it as a pre-existing condition & then not pay for the treatment. I already have massive amounts of medical debt because of some major medical problems my daughter has.So, in the interim, if anyone knows of possible causes of flattened stools please let me know. I've looked around a bit on the internet & only read about a 19-year-old male who had the exact same issue, but no one was able to answer him.