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I am a 28 year old female and for the last 2 months have been feeling incredibly unwell.
I have been experiencing worsening constipation for the last 6 months or so, by having small, hard dry stools. I was still going to the toilet daily so I didn’t really think much of it.
However, 2 months ago I became incredibly constipated to the point where I was hardly passing any stool at all. To try and self treat the problem, I took over the counter laxatives which caused me to have diarrhoea. At this point I noticed a tiny amount of blood.
With my constipation becoming worse, I have also been experiencing pain in my left leg and arm. The pain is worsening, and I can only describe it as being occasionally shooting pains under the front knee area and in my left shoulder , and a dull pain in my hip and back.
I went to see my doctor and she performed a stomach and digital rectal exam, which were clear. She ordered some blood tests and my results were all normal with the exception of my white blood cell count... my neutrophil levels were 1.7 so on the slightly low side, my overall count was 3.5. I was ordered to have a retest a month later and my levels have slightly improved to 3.7.
In the last couple of days my abdomen looks swollen on the left side and the pain feels worse than ever. My stool has now become pencil thin and almost yellow in colour. I have also been feeling really lightheaded at times and sleeping more than normal. I am scaring myself that the symptoms of worsening constipation, and now pencil thin stools are signs of bowel cancer. I am an incredibly anxious person at the best of times, and in my mind I have jumped to awful conclusions that it must be bowel cancer and the arm and leg pain is some sort of secondary bone cancer.
I don’t know where to turn, I don’t feel like I’m being taken seriously and I can’t think of any logical explanations as to why I have this horrible lower leg and arm pain at the same time as strange bowel problems. It is affecting my life on a daily basis where I am crying every day because I don’t see a solution, and I’m terrified of finding out it’s something serious.
Has anyone ever experienced something like this? Is worsening constipation and narrow stool a symptom of bowel cancer?
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