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I'm eighteen years old, and for over two month I have had concerning digestive problems.
It all started with what I thought was a case of indigestion. two bowls of hot soup and chugging down cold liquid. A day later, my stomach was growling immensely and U was constipated. I took laxatives for a few days to ease it, but the constipation returned.
While my stool has never been bloody or has shown clear indications of bleeding, one bowel movement was covered with specs of what mucus. This was well over a month ago, and it has not happened since.
I have also passed long, narrow stools. Mostly, I believe this was due to a laxative effect, ad it has occurred when I took laxatives or used the bathroom twice after drinking coffee in the morning.
I have had abdominal pains and cramping during this two month period. Some days it would hardly be noticeable, other days it would be more frequent.
A day ago I believe I have had a case of Malabsorption. My stool was lose, bulky, and floating. I felt fatigue after passing it. I Had symptoms of the common cold a day before, being around my friend in high school who got it just by sharing a room with two relatives. I also had coffee that morning before passing it. I hope these less harmful factors are behind what occurred yesterday.
I come from a low income family. I have no insurance and I'm still in highschool. Hoping to get a part time job at our library.
Not having way to afford a doctor, I aren't to our ER where they took my blood and did an x-ray, apparently they found nothing concerning, but I'm aware that additional screening is required before a definitive answer can be given. Not having any insurance and attending an ER doesn't leave me with many options. They more than likely chose to do the bare minimum.
Oh, and to give you an idea, I come from a "Suck it up and toughen up" family. My father told me that I would have one hell of a bill to pay when I went to the ER. I don't think that I will gain much support unless something life threatening happens to me.
Right now, my only hope is to just land a job, and hope nothing disastrous happens to my body before I can manage to scrape up money for screening. Unfortunately in America, the poor are burdened with extremely limited options when it comes to healthcare. It feels like I'm living on a gamble and there isn't anything I can do about it without sinking into countless thousands of dollars of medical debt due to ER visits, where I may not even receive proper screening.
Currently hoping that I don't suffer serious internal injury or deficiency.
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