Posted 16 June 2014 - 01:54 AM
hi all! so first off sorry about all of the tmi in this post but i'm really freaking out and it's not something i'm really comfortable talking to my parents about right now. i want to start by saying i'm a fifteen year old female (if that makes much of a difference) and i'm a huge hypochondriac. i've gotten to the point where i stress myself out and over analyze ever bm that i have, and recently it's been getting worse. i'm so stuck on the fear of cancer (however unlikely it is) that i can't seem to move past it and it leads to panic attacks a lot.
recently i've been having lower back pain and abdominal pain as well as pressure around my rectum. i've also had gas, and i've been going regularly but my stools have been hard/dry, and in the past two months i've had two fecal impactions. just tonight when i had a bm, there was a small portion of bright red blood inside one of the stools and it's starting to worry me. this is the first time something like that has happened and it seems like the more i analyze, the more symptoms of cancer and things like that pop up. anyway, what i was wondering is if a.) this has happened to anyone else b.) could it just be an anal fissure or something similar? i'm pretty sure it isn't hemorrhoids but it could be and c.) is colon/rectal cancer very likely for a fifteen year old? i know this has been answered a lot, but i'm worrying a lot over this which probably isn't helping, thanks for any answers or discussion you can give!
to answer any questions:
- i have tried eating high fiber diets and taking metamucil as well as milk of magnesia but all of these things give me diarrhea/loose stools rather than keeping me regular.
- i began getting ibs like symptoms five months ago after never having anything like it and went to the hospital; the doctor pressed around my stomach for a while but didn't feel anything, then told me it was most likely just ibs. they took blood tests and they came back normal.
- i have also been having stools that range from pellet like to normal and once i had a pencil thin stool (but that hasn't happened since then, about two-three weeks ago) so they're pretty irregular.