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So my symptoms started a few months back. I started noticing my symptoms and googled it and one condition that keeps popping up is IBS. I got curious and decided to learn more about it and the symptoms and so far, I have ALL of the most common symptoms. I have frequent alternating between constipation and diarrhea. I learned that mental health problems can affect this and for the pass year or so, I've been feeling more worried, stresssed, and not always happy (sometimes easily irritated). I took quizzes to see if I have anxiety and if it's mild or bad and I also searched symptoms of it and it seems like I have pretty bad anxiety problems. And also, the biggest trigger of my anxiety is the fact that my symptoms could also indicate colon cancer and I'm getting really anxious because of how similar symptoms of IBS and colon cancer are. The only difference is that I don't really see any trace of blood in my stool (a few weeks ago, I wiped and saw a little bit of blood so I go at mirror and saw that I have a cut right next to my butthole but I think it healed), I don't really have anemia(not sure what that is either), no unintended weight loss, no fever or constant fatigue (I do get tired sometimes but it's from staying up late on my phone, I trying to stop though). I do have abdominal pain and it would decrease from a bowel movement but it would keep lingering on for a few more minutes because going away. The pain is usually lower abdomen or lower left abdomen (especially when I'm constipated). Sometimes even upper but only occasionally. I also noticed undigested food like red bits that look like tomato skin, onion skin like pieces, sometimes black specks when I wipe, and these mucus thingy (more water kinda help reduce mucus in my stool, I noticed). I'm only 12 (I'm slightly overweight by a few pounds but not much) I think I had some medical history with constipation that my doctor said is nothing serious, which was a few years ago. I don't have anyone in my family who have any sort of cancer I pretty sure. But there is a gene of digestive problems on my dad side but they aren't anything too serious either. So yea, I have all of the symptoms for IBS and now I'm trying to be more active, eat more healthy. Not sure if Its working yet because I'm still lacking a bit but I'm trying. I exercise more frequently and I think it isn't working a bit but not a lot because I've started just recently (probably a week or so). Im really scared and I feel like the anxiety is really triggering my symptoms like yesterday I was really stressed and then I had pretty bad bloating and gas but it could also be from the amount of ice cream and dairy products I consumed. But anyways, I'm really hoping it's not cancer or anything life threatening. I'm too scared to tell me parents but I know I will tell them soon. Sorry you had to read this really long paragraph but please reply if you can!!
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