IBS or cancer? Scared

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I am a 19 year old male and yesterday and today ive had too poops that i posted below. i have really bad health anxiety so this is worrying me a lot. Sometimes my poop looks like this and sometimes it doesnt. also sometimes after i poop ill have to wipe again and itll have yellow parts in it. This has been happening for months but i havent worried about it until reading about it. ive heard of things like colon and pancreatic cancer and im scared i could have that. i also eat a lot of fast food which i hope contributes to these things. i know im really young and its not likely that i have cancer but im still scared. ive also heard of ibs which im hoping is all this is. could anybody please help me with this because im really worried about it and havent eaten much because of it. ive been to two doctors and one said it was anxiety and the other gave me laxatives. i guess what im trying to say is that if i had cancerir something like that i would be losing a lot if weight and before i started worrying about it i was eating and not losing weight. Could the yellow stuff mean that cancer has spread or is this all a ibs/diet/anxiety thing? any help would be greatky appreciated. thanks. imageimage

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    im no doctor. but theres a lot of reasons for yellow. it can be stomach acid/bile/mucous. can be from irritation. relax and call your doc.

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    Looks normal to me if im honest. It varies each day and may not look the same all the time. Ibs can change it a lot and ive been before where its just yellow muscus when something didnt agree with me.

    I think you need to stop looking in the toilet as you keep over analysing it and get worried it looks odd. Ive been there before and got anxious about whats going on.

    Worth not thinking about it for the next week, see how it goes and go see the dr for a check up.

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      thanks man i appreciate it. my grandma was telling me that its really unlikely for me to have something that bad at this age. i have really bad health anxiety and im working on getting that better.

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      looks very much like ibs forms to me. I dont see any alarm in that at all. Ibs has a broad range of symptoms, when it first starts...it can certainly scare you. But I think you're fine .

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    The yellow could be mucus or fat that is not digesting properly. Try a food diary to see what foods may be triggering bowel

    habit change. If you can identify problem foods, avoid those foods. It is possible at your age that you have IBS which can start as a result of stress and anxiety. See a different doctor for tests and diagnosis. Only a doctor can answer your questions accurately. I saw many more doctors than just two. I had symptoms for three and a half months before my IBS diagnosis which was identified as stress related. I had severe anxiety during this time.

    I don't know why you have been given laxatives since your stools look mushy. Laxatives will make this worse. Stop eating fast food, eat little but often, and cook from fresh. Don't look up your symptoms since you have health anxiety. You only started worrying after googling which suggests you have severe anxiety. Eating less and worrying will cause weight loss. Do you have abdominal,pain that moves about?

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      sometimes but most of the time its just a dull pain that lasts for a few seconds and sometimes is on one or both sides. but the only time i lost weight was when i stopped eating

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    That, to me, looks like IBS. Obviously, not a health care professional so my best advice if you are worried is to go to the doctors. Sometimes, when I am stressed and IBS flares up, I can get very mucousy stools, not dissimilar to what you have shown. I also have health anxiety, and know things like that can be scary - I also get a lot of blood in my stools and panicked when I first saw that, went to my doctors (I'm 20 so young like you) and was very honest with my worries. Went to see specialists, got tests done and got the all clear. I think it'd be best to stop looking at the toilet, like someone else has suggested, and book a doctor's appointment, and they can do a stool sample. Try not to get too worried about it 😃

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    I have the same thing and I am only 22. From the looks of it I have the same stool as you because it comes out with mucus and its yellow. I've had x rays, ct scans , blood work, urine sample, ultrasound. and everything came back normal. I also have anxiety and stress and they said it could be ibs because stress causes it. So with ibs your intestines may be inflammated which forms more mucus, and could also change your stool. because i remember I only used to poop twice a day and now I am going 4 times a day

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    hi again. we really have the same issues. my stool alternates between the first pic and watery yellow. do you also have stomach rumbling/gurgling?

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