I'm a 33 year old male and I've lately gotten really worried about some bowel symptoms.
I've had bright red blood when I wipe on and off for years. I always put this down to haemorrhoids, given that I have spent a lot of time on the toilet straining in the past. I remember looking at a home remedy once that involved white vinegar and advised limiting time on the toilet to a few minutes. That seemed to clear things up, so I thought nothing of it. Since then I have experienced it on and off still, but always seemed to find results were better when I didn't strain for too long on the toilet.
Also for a good many years now, I have experienced bloating and cramps, though usually only after a night of drinking or eating raw food (I followed a raw food diet for a while to help rid me of some severe eczema some years ago). I'd say I haven't had bloating or cramps for a good 4/5/6 months now. I have recently been having some stomach discomfort though. Not a full on stomach ache, just a slight dull ache that seems to come and go.
Anyway, these past few weeks I have been experiencing increased frequency of bowel movements (usually just go once a day but recently have been going twice a lot of days). Stool is still pretty normal looking (and usually quite a lot when I go the first time, as I have porridge for breakfast every day, along with usually salad for lunch and lots of vegetables for dinner). I do notice that I sometimes get the urge to go very soon after eating.
I've been a keen cyclist for years and cycle at least 12 miles a day, and most days I run about 5.5 miles during my lunch break. I like to think I'm a pretty healthy vegetarian.
I recently had a blood test and the GP said that everything was normal, except that my red blood cell level was slightly outside the normal range. She said this didn't show that I was anaemic, but that perhaps my iron stores were a bit low. I had a full blood test done in March 2016 which showed my iron levels to be normal.
Anyway, now I'm totally freaking out that it could be colon cancer and I'm scaring myself witless. I've been using suppositories the last couple of days, which seemed to have helped the blood on toilet paper issue, but I just keep thinking about the iron deficiency, the stomach troubles and the increased bowel movement, and it all really scares me.
Needless to say, my anxiety levels are pretty high too, so at this point I can't tell what symptoms might be purely physical and which might be anxiety fuelled.
I have a colonoscopy scheduled next week and I'm absolutely dreading it.
Sorry for the long post, I just don't know what to do with myself at the moment. I know I should just wait for the colonoscopy, but I just really fear them saying something and my mind keeps racing.