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My story starts 7 years ago when i had a colonoscopy in january 2017 due to frequent diahrrea. I was 20. Neither me or my GI doctor were even considering colon cancer but he did a colonoscopy and it came up clean according to him. Then, a couple months later, a general surgeon from the same hospital who i was seeing for a seperate reason brought up the colonoscopy saying that I had polyps? I dont remember much else of that conversation, so he must not have emphasized any real concern about them. I just forgot about it.
Throughout the years since then, I continued to have bowel issues like diahrrea and for the last 2-3 years at least ive noticed thin and usually flat broken up stools, often loose in consistency. I forced myself not to worry too much and just figured it was probably due to my heavy drinking problem. However, one morning a couple weeks ago i woke up and strained to push out a pencil thin stool very light in color. At that point i decided to look up my symptoms and freaked out when i realized a lot of my symptoms matched colorectal cancer symptoms. I decided to stop drinking and on the third day of not drinking i pushed out a dense, rather thin stool that was coated in blood. I could see blood in the toilet water. At this point i diagnosed myself with cancer. Not having insurance i rushed to a community health center walk in clinic. The doctor gave me reassurance and said most likely hemorroids and prescribed a fiber supplement. I decided to take metamucil wich definitely made my stool significantly thicker but still misshapen and concave. The doctor i saw for my follow up appoint was much less reassuring so i got state insurance and am in the process of scheduling a new colonoscopy. I requested a copy of the report of my previous colonoscopy and it makes no mention of polyps. In fact it states that everything looked normal and no polyps were noted. So why did the other doctor say i had some? im so confused and worried that something that could have been avoided is now haunting me. i feel like im screwed. im worried sick and cant sleep. help
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