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Hello, I'm in my early 20s and I've been having problems with my bowels for over a year now. At first I had cramps/pain in my abdomen (and sometimes back) that would come and go. The pain would sometimes be dull and only on one side, sometimes it would be sharp on another side, sometimes my whole abdomen would hurt or feel like there's something wrong with it, like someone's pulling on it (don't know how to explain this). My stools also became more watery/loose, they'd change consistency at times as well and I started going to the toilet more often. All of this didn't really have a pattern on when it would happen or anything. I'd sometimes be fine for days/weeks until some symptoms would start acting up again. Afterwards I noticed bright red blood in my stool so I went to a doctor to get checked out. They did a sigmoidoscopy and found out I had hemorrhoids (this was in June last year). They also said I most likely have IBS. The pain and blood continued. My stools have also become more light colored, almost yellow. I also noticed a dark red spot in my stool in November. So I finally got a surgery to remove hemorrhoids back in December.
Then in January I noticed more dark red blood mixed in my stools and overall various chunks of colors in my stool (orange, darker/lighter shades of brown and yellow and even black or very dark brown, undigested food?). These would come and go. I'd sometimes go a few weeks without noticing any blood and my stools looked normal, sometimes they'd be more watery/loose, yellow but no blood and then sometimes it'd be bloody. I bought that occult blood test from a pharmacy in February and it tested positive so I went back to the doctor. They checked my stomach (dunno how the procedure is called in English) but found nothing. Then in April they performed a colonoscopy but found nothing. Said everything looked fine, no idea where the blood might be coming from. Only that my colon was very sensitive and got instantly red when the tube (or whatever it's called) touched it. Everything seemed fine after that, no blood, stools looked normal, had some pain but it was minimal and only happened once or twice.
Until last week when it all started again. Pain was now in my right side, alongside my belly, though the pain would sometimes go even higher or lower and encompassed all of my abdomen at times. It was like someone was stabbing me but it wasn't very painful. It continued for 3 days only to go away again. Stools changed consistency again, more watery/loose, some look like they were torn apart, others like they were lumped together like chunks of clay. Dark blood and chunks of various colors.
So now I'm just going crazy and don't know what to do. As most doctors are on vacation. The earliest I can go to will be in August (I've been waiting to register again since my colonoscopy since I still wanted to talk to the doctor since they found nothing). Feels like you can die before you even get to see a doctor to check what's wrong with you. All the doctors and nurses kept reassuring me that it's not cancer but I just can't let go of the idea because of my symptoms and I'm scared that they missed it during the colonoscopy.
Anyone have any advice or similar experiences? I'm just totally lost. Sorry for the long post and any mistakes I made.
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