Bad anxiety, IBS, possibly cancer?!

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Hey yall. I'm new here. My name is Kylie and I'm a 14, almost 15 year old female. This is gonna be quite long so brace yourself. I've been getting really really bad anxiety for the past few months and I feel like the worse the anxiety gets, more symptoms show up. Its like anxiety and worries and stress had taken over 90% of my life. People think I'm the normal happy girl I was a few months ago but that's only because I'm pretty good at masking my feelings and always smile a bright...but fake smile. I started to open up more to my closest friends and then some more friends. They think I'm delusional, which I probably am. They think I'm completely and look absolutely normal, which I really am probably just normal and all fine. The anxiety first started out as being scared of claustrophobic places and always thinking about the worst case scenrios. It's always the what ifs. What if this, what if that. And then I started to develop health anxiety and have had convinced myself I have breast cancer, stomach cancer, heart disease, liver problems, kidney problems, ovarian cancer, brain tumor, and then colon cancer but many people think I have IBS. I heard IBS is common in younger people, females, and those with high anxiety? I also have a few people in my family who has IBS. I don't know anyone or even anyone in my family that has colon cancer, or even any genetic cancers at all, so I'm a bit relieved. 

I have all kinds of cognitive symptoms. Like lightheadedness, dizziness, headaches, not remembering much, fatigue, overlying stressed and worried, anxiety in general. And this is really weird but I feel like I think and worry so much about something, I actually start  to like..hallucinate or get delusional kinda and starts to feel like or "see" it even though it's probably not even real or there. I get frequent cold hands and feet. I think I've always had that but never really thought much about it until my anxiety started. I bite my nails because of the stress. My mom forced me to stop or she's going to ground me for a whole year! Biting my nails makes my nails more brittle and hurts and  bleed sometimes but sometimes my hand comes up to my mouth and my teeth starts to move sometimes without me even realizing. 

I also have some bowel issues. I get occasional indigestion. Frequent constipation and diarrhea! Occasional thinner stools than usual but upping my fiber intake helps a lot. My stool have been pretty thin for the past few days but probably because I've been stressing so much that I'm just eating and eating unhealthy food without caring and have not taken my daily fiber supplement or eats lots of fruits and veggies lately. I think I gained a pound! Or maybe I'm just constipated. I get abdominal pain-a lot actually. I wouldn't say anything close to severe to unbearable but it hurts frequently and not just one particular place but has happened everywhere throughout my abdominal. Usually the part above my belly button, upper abdomen I think, and the lower abdomen. The lower abdomen hurts the most frequently, especially the lower left, when I'm constipated. The mid abdomen had some pain too but not as much as upper and lower. The upper pain is usually indigestion, bloating, or constipation. It's a bit weird that I can sometimes feel my poop traveling down my colon because I'm so constipated (the pain slowly started to travel down, to the left). And then diarrhea is that super urgent thing. Had it RIGHT before my choir concert last month, probably because of the anxiety. I also have this yellow substance around my stool! And sometimes my poop smells bad, not overly and worth gagging bad, but a bit more smelly at times? I get so stressed sometimes, I either don't want to eat or I just want stuff my face forever with food. I have never ever seen blood in my poop. Had beets for a 2 days straight and my bathroom trip was not very fun and absolutely terrifying. My blood is generally medium brown in color. Rarely dark but more medium or light, I don't know. Basically, my stool appearances always change. The consistency, the color sometimes (never red or black or clayish or white), the size and shapes definitely, and has food particles in it a lot of the times. I often freak out over some tomato/tomato skin looking thing because it's looks like blood. I haven't had a lot of weight loss. There was a time I was really depressed and stressed that I didn't feel hungry and just wanted to lock myself in my room and cry and think about life, how unfair it can be. I didn't eat a lot that week and dropped about 7 pounds. My mom saw how depressed I was and planned really fun things for us to do and soon, I started to eat and have fun again and then I gained back like 3 or 4 pounds. I'm staying at thisome weight for months, hasn't gone down, but sometimes up but back down again. Read something about random fevers being a sign of cancer. I haven't had a fever since a veryyyyyy long time ago. No vomiting or vomiting blood. Sometimes I feel nausea when I worry to much.

Please help, is this just my brain and anxiety or does it really sound like cancer? I've been getting colon cancer scares but I learned there's something called IBS and apparently, everyone thinks I have it and severe anxiety. My doctor just waved me off, told me to calm down and the problems will slowly start to go away.  The problem is, I can't calm down. He recommended therapy but I never really like to sit and talk in person with someone, especially about my worries because I'm trying to push it away instead of remembering it and telling others.

 

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    anyone? Please help!
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    Not even close to cancer....You have extreme health anxiety (I had the same when I was young) You definately should see doc for your anxiety and probably need medication as well (antideprs.). It may take a while but you will be ok sooner or later once you start seeing doc. On regular basis. Best of luck!

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    You obviously have a Mum who is there to try and help, so I suggest you talk to her about your problems and then see a doctor.

    Its ok asking for help on this site, but you won’t get the correct answers, we can only give you ideas, thoughts and comments, only a doctor can diagnose properly.

    From the symptoms you have described it sounds like an IBS and Anxiety combination to me. No previous history of serious conditions in the family, no unintentional weight loss, no rectal bleeding, inconsistant bowel movements with possible mucus, undigested food in stools, does sound like classic IBS to me.

    Do see a doctor though, it is the only way to be certain. All the best.

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      I went to see a doctor. He told me I have severe anxiety. Recommended therapy but no pills? My mom said to make this therapy appointment and see what the therapist has to say, if I need pills or not. I also told him about my bowel problems and he said try therapy and relax my mind, see if any bowel problems or any symptoms in general changes. If it's still doesn't go away, it might be IBS because I don't have family history or alarming symptoms. 

      Is it normal normal to lose weight if you have had a cold recently and is not consuming much calories? I found myself stressing so much that I sometimes don't even feel hungry or I do feel really hungry but I'm too into "google my symptoms" and not eat. I also got a cough and stuffy nose, typical cold and I think I lost most of my weight from that (I lost about 5 pounds at most btw).

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    First of all stop biting your nails it's a bad habit lol

    You would defiantly no if you had ibs as it is hell as alot of people on here would agree, if you had colon cancer you would be in pain like all the time you would have alot of blood in your stools etc so maybe don't worry too much or go doctors.

    I have suffered with IBS for years and have recently been put on mebervine to try and help. I mainly suffer from ibs-Diarrehea which can be triggered by certain foods, the recent thing I have noticed is when I havent eaten all day and then I eat I get diarrehea, I also suffer with depression,anxiety,panic disorder and if these flare up so does my IBS, the best way is to go see your doctors and get some advice the only way to know for sure

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      Never have seen blood in my stool. I don't think colon cancer would cause pain throughout my whole abdomen? Not at once but sometimes the pain is here, sometimes the pain I see there. My pain usually goes away with a BM, especially a large one. Is this type of pain that goes away, especially with a BM, a symptom of IBS? I'm like really new to all of these stuff. My pain is not unbearable or severe either, just hurts for a bit and then goes away.

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    Hi, I don't what to advise quite except to see your doctor with your mum and ask to see a dieititian may be they will help to cut out some of your anxiety if you have facts about food, keep a diary of what you eat every day and what your poor is like. You nay have IBS I just couldn't say for sure.

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    Is there something you really like doing that can help you take your mind off all this?

    You mention being in a choir, that's great music is a wonderful healer.

    Try not to suppress these feelings they are very real to you and if you try and bury them they will just come to the surface again at some point.

    Sarah

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      I love art, music, and..games lol. Music is my life. I love choir and I love singing..but ever since I developed OCD or in general, anxiety, I started to feel very anxious everytime I'm not stage. My hands gets freezing cold and I start to sweat. It's feels like the anxiety is pushing away all of my opptunities and everytime I enjoy doing. I used to be brave enough to do solos and be the "star" for that time but now, everyone ask me why I don't do solos or those things anymore..

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    Your symptoms sound like IBS triggered by severe anxiety.  Speak to your doctor about your bowel symptoms and ask about therapy.  Ask your mum  to take you to the doctor.   She should not be threatening to punish you for biting your nails.  This is not helpful and will make your stress worse. She should be talking to you about what is upsetting you and suggesting positive strategies to deal with the anxieties that are causing you to do this. What do you mean when you say ‘my blood is medium brown but I have never seen blood in my poop?’  Is this a typo?  Do you mean your stool colour is medium brown?
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      Yea, typo. Sorry 😂. Never seen blood before. Have you ever thought about a something diferent than what youre supposed to write and write that down instead of what you meant to write? Its weird. I'm sure blood is not brown. I also talked to my doctor. He said it doesn't seem every severe and I don't have alarming symptoms. He told me to do therapy and if it doesn't help, the next thing on mind is IBS. I don't have family history of colon cancer so he said my age and that and my symptoms combine does NOT equal to cancer. It's a bit relieving to learn that but anxiety gotta step it and make everything worse.

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      Sometimes my brain works faster than my hand when typing and typos cannot be fixed on this site.  I am hoping that among the improvements they are making on the forum they will include an edit button.  I have flagged this problem with the technical team several times!

      Anxiety and IBS are linked.  When you get anxious, this can cause flare ups. Regardless of whether therapy works for you, you may still have IBS. Strangely enough, my IBS diagnosis was like therapy for me and it stopped my health anxiety. I manage stress by satirising unpleasant  situations in my poetry.  This has changed my frame of mind and helped my bowel to calm down.

      The trick is to find a hobby to distract your mind away from your symptoms and your worries.

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      I really like art and music and games and all that stuff. But lately, the anxiety have been sucking my energy away and changed my mood. I didn't know anxiety can cause flare ups. no wonder whenever I'm stressed, I get bloating and other problems.

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