Abdominal pain for 2 months, what could be the problem?

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Hi all, in march i was having chest pains and got blood tests done. Everything is normal except that my bilirubin levels were 3 times higher then they should be. My doctor made me get a CT scan on my chest and an abdominal ultrasound. my chest was hyper inflamed and by abdomen was fine. The pain went for two months and came back in June. Since June i have been having abdominal pain on the left and right side of my upper abdomen. After reading the causes and symptoms online i am convinced i have colon cancer. This disease does not run in my family but something is telling me i have it. I have had bleeding from my rectum since 2014 when passing stools (This only happens when my stools are hard). I assumed this was just haemorrhoids since it runs in my family and most of them have had to get surgery to remove them. I feel very run down with no energy and am sitting in bed stressing out. I have also lost 5kg, i am not sure if this is because i've stressed myself out or because its another symptom of my sickness. I recently turned 23 and i feel like i have so much to live for sad Please any answer will be great. 

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    I also forgot to mention i got an mri scan done on my abdomen and there were no abnormalities 
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    You 're anemic too. Loss of blood should be addressed. If you have pain on and off it could perforated intestine. Or the pain you are experiencing is sign of gallbladder disease. You don't have cancer. They would have to from blood work. Take charge this is your health here. Tell docs to give you an ultrasound of gallbladder. Hey good luck if you need help I'm here. Bye

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    Hi, first if all please don‘t worry since this stresses your body even more. I would suggest a lifestyle and diet change. Make sure you are not constipated. Drink lots of water and eat healthy. Lots of vegetables, not fried food, nothing with too much sugar. 

    Start moderate exercise and I am sure you feel better soon. You are so young and shouldn‘t think about cancer. 

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    Is your billirubin still high? 

    Could maybe be too much alcohol, lack of Vitamin D or Ibuprofen. Anything applies? 

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    You wlll need further tests to find out why your bilrubin levels are high.  Has your doctor suggested any reasons as to why it is raised? Have you had a HIDA scan to check your gallbladder?  Have you had a liver function test to see if that could be causing it?  If your stools are hard, this can cause fissures or haemorrhoids.  If you have any of these, the blood will be bright red.  Ask your doxtor to examine you for this.  

    Avoid Dr Google!  It will not give you answers; it will only cause severe anxiety.  The only one rhat can diagnose you is your doctor.  Only listen to your doctor!  Google will only give you general info amd does not concentrate on individual cases.  Anxiety can cause weight loss. Colon cancer is rare at your age. 

    Keep going back to your doctor and explain all your anxieties.  Your doctor will be able to reassure you by ruling out causes one by one.

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      Thanks for the advice. I have had a ct scan one week ago and there were no abnormalities. Would a HIDA scan be more accurate for my gallbladder? My doctor has referred me to a specialist and i will be seeing him in 3 weeks. 
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      A HIDA scan shows how well your gallbladder is working.  An ultrasound shows any gallstones or sludge in your gallbladder.
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      A HIDA scan is used specifically to diagnose gallbladder problems and those of your liver.   This scan is commonly used, so I can only presume that it is accurate otherwise it would not be used if it was not reliable.   All tests have some margin of error.  Ask your doctor for further advice on this.
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    Do You take gabapentin or any nerve pain medication?  It destroyed my colon!! The pain is unimaginable! If you are talk to Doctor and ask to slowly withdrawal off!  Look at all medications and side effects bi had it seems like 100 MRI’s and no it can’t be seen but it is there!
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    Drink miralax, to put the water back in your stool, and you wont bleed when you have a bowel movement. Miralax is a powder that is tasteless, and you dissolve it in water. You can drink it in any beverage, but, you 'need' water. I know from experience, when you are constipated, your bowels are packing up, and creating "gas" pockets in between the stool. I suspect the pain you are feeling is trapped gas. Drink the miralax every other day, and maybe take a laxative after a few days. Time it so you can go potty when you are not working, like, take the laxative the night before you next day off. Dont overdo the miralax, or you will have "too much" water in your bowels, and get diarrhea. Miralax is not a laxative. Try this first, and I think you will see your pain disappear. Either your diet constipated you, or, maybe a medication, such as hydrocodone. Gas can be deceptive. It doesn't just happen in your tummy. You can feel it in your sides. If you stick to this for a few weeks, and then there is no relief, see a gastroenterologist. You can have internal hemorrhoids, which will bleed when you have to strain. They start on the inside. Find a good multivitamin to help with your fatigue. Stress also causes fatigue. Your body is designed to heal itself, but if your diet is poor, your body will react. I know, for sure. I have had my gallbladder removed, and have learned, gas hurts, and shows up in spots you didnt know it could. My ct scan before sirgery, showed backed up bowel and I suffer from constipation, as well, even though the bowel were there. The miralax is helping and a laxative, once a week, for me. My gastroenterologist told me to take the miralax this way. I chose to use the laxative, (only one, not 2 or 3), to try and help the backed up bowel come forward. You don't want it all packed up, believe me.

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