Colon Cancer Fear??!

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Hello.

So I’ve posted here before in regards to my symptoms but feel like I need to post again.

I’ve been suffering from soft loose stools that are flat for nearly 3 months now. I sometimes get a sudden urge to go. I also sometimes get constipated later in the evening it seems with the loose flat stools being in the morning.

I’ve had mucus before but I’ve cut out lactose and this has since stopped. I’ve also, had blood on toilet paper however this seems to be from excess wiping, Fissure, Piles as switching to Wipes and using cream has stopped this.

I’ve been to the doctors multiple times, had clear bloods and no lumps felt when abdomen examined by GP. Doctors won’t refer me for a colonoscopy currently due to lack of red flags.

I Am on Sertraline 50mg for Health anxiety.

Anyone suffer anything similar? Any advice/help?

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    If you have no red flags, you have nothing to worry about.   It sounds like IBS; has your doctor not mentioned this?
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      Ask your doctor for a calprotectin stool test, this tests for inflammation in bowel which can be caused by ibd or a cancer growing, if it’s normal then nothing bad hopefully, I have had a bad year with health anxiety and abdominal issues, had this test done in June, was high so was worried about cancer, repeated test a few weeks ago and it’s now normal levels which hopefully rules out the big c
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      A colonoscopy will not confirm IBS;  neither will any other test or scan.  Tests only help to rule out other causes; this is how IBS is diagnosed because it is a functional disorder.  You only need a colonoscopy if you have red flag symptoms.  I was diagnosed with IBS without a colonoscopy because I had no red flag symptoms.  Since, you have no red flags, you have nothing to worry about.  Your health anxiety is part of IBS.  Listen to your doctor and trust what you are being told.  No red flags is good news for you.
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    I have the same fears.  A friend of my boyfriend was diagnosed at 39 and her only symptom was skinny stool for 3 years.  Since hearing about her diagnosis I have been paralyzed with fear about having it. For a while I was Constipated for 3 weeks and I have had this pulling sensation on the left side of my abdomen for months now that I am Sure is from a pulled muscle of sorts. I too Have been to the doctor and he said I have No red flags. I have Upped my fiber intake and I have normal bms everyday. He took an x ray of the abdomen which I know Doesn’t see the colon but still made me feel better. I worry Myself sick Everytime I hear About someone having an illness but that’s what anxiety does. 
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    hi jay53812 i have had a similar problem for two months. did u get any hepl please reply
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