Abdominal bloating and discomfort. Is it serious?

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I'm 30 and 2 weeks ago felt very bloated and felt discomfort on my side right below the rib cage. Not pain, just pressure discomfort. I went to a walk in who asked me questions.

- no fever

- generally normal Bowel movements. Light brown. (I say general as I had one bout of diarrhea during the discomfort)

- no change in urinary habits

The doctor did an abdominal exam and said she didn't feel anything out of place on my side, but I may have had "gastritis". She told me to go ok the BRAT diet. I did it felt a little better but not really and then I eased back into normal food.

When I am active (soccer or running) I don't feel the discomfort and my bloating goes down. But it keeps coming back.

I'm making an appointment with my GP. I will push for blood work, urine/fecal ultrasound. And try to get the ball rolling on a colonoscopy or endoscopy as I have family history of cancer.

I know I'm young but I'm worried and wonder if anyone else had similar symptoms and what they ended up meaning.

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    Bloating and pressure discomfort although indicative of gastritis/IBS, can also be from toxins or fatty liver. 

    Along with endoscopy, would suggest liver panel test. 

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      Thank you for your response. I'll mention that when I see the doctor. I haven't really ever drank alcohol but liver disease can stem from other causes.

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      Yeah, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can be caused by a number of factors: loss of sleep, irregular diet or change in gut bacteria, etc. 
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    Definitely ask your doctor for the tests you have mentioned and keep a food diary to see if any fpods are causing bloating.  Ask about IBS.
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      Update:

      Went to the Urgent Care

      Got blood & Urine work done, all clear, liver function perfect, pancreas perfect, kidney function perfect.

      At this point the pain had gone away but i began to feel light headed and short of breath to i went in.

      EKG normal, Chest x-ray no concerns, Rectal exam, no cocerns.

      Now i feel dizzy, and sick. Doctor said he thinks i have a virus as he cant find anything wrong with me.

      Trying to accept this but i am still worried it could be cancer because im a hypochondriac.

      He told me if it would make me feel better ask my GP for a colonoscopy but he didnt think i needed to worry. All my results blood, oxygen, heart, was perfect.

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      If you are worried, ask for a colonoscopy.  If it comes back normal as well as everything else, IBS is the usual diagnosis.
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      My stomach has been feeling better, BM have improved. Im going to my GP soon for my annual but will tell him all ove my concerns and hope he green lights a Colonoscopy.

      That being said. My main symtom now, is fatigue, and dizziness. Also I have some dyspnea at night, but no cough, or lung pain.

      EKG normal, chest xray normal.

      Blood tests perfect.

      Id like to think i should be able to feel confident i dont have lung cancer, or brain cancer, but im really stressing out about this. I never get sick, but i dont feel sick, i just feel off. Its driving my wife nuts. But i cant stop feeling off and getting upset about it. 

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      Got a CT scan and a colonoscopy.

      Colon and lung cancer ruled out. Symptoms have subsided. Doctor says it is anxiety related.

      New symptoms: Tightness in neck/throat and a cough.

      I also have some heartburn. Could be anxiety again or GERD. will investigate with my doctor as we have an appointment soon to look at my anti-depressants(3 weeks in)

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      Heartburn can be caused by anxiety or eating a food that disagrees with you, particularly spicy or greasy foods.  My GERD started with anxiety and progressed to problems with fatty or spicy foods.
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