I am a thirty-two year old mother of two active boys. About two years ago, I was diagnosed with irritable bowel. Since that time I have had intermittent stomach pain particularily in the area directly below my left rib and lower. The pain is more noticeable when I am hungry or have eaten food with a high content of grease(ie. onion rings) I have removed lactose from my diet and do try to stay away from anything greasy. I have severe heartburn on a regular basis and find that I belch or feel the need to belch constantly. When my abdomen becomes bloated it seems be filled with air. My bowel movements are fairly regular although not always solid. They tend to become loose. I also have the feeling that my bowels aren't quite empty. This past weekend(after a particularily uncomfortable abdomen of four days), I had a bowel movement that was quite painful and also noticed that there was quite a bit of blood ( I thought at first it was my period, in the toilet and on the paper. Both my father's parents had colo-rectal cancer and my concern is considerable that this is what it could be. An upper GI a while ago showed nothing. Sometimes the heartburn is so bad that I find myself having to catch my breath because it seems as if I am unable to breathe. The medical community seems to not take me as seriously as I also have been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder with panic attacks. The panic attacks were treated with paxil and I have been med free since February and coping fairly well without it. If anyone has any advice or conditions with similair symptoms I would appreciate any help I could get. I am actually off to the doctor today so hopefully he may be able to shed some more light on the subject. The symptoms seem to occur about twice a day and the rectal bleeding is a new thing. Please help, I am becoming very worried. Thanks Lorraine
First of all, try not to worry. Going to your doctor is the right thing to do. Colon cancer at your age is extremely rare. There are many things which can cause bleeding from hemmeroids to anal tears (fissures) which are not life-threatening. Since you say you have pain on the left side, has anyone looked at your colon with a barium enema or a colonoscopy? It is possible you may have diverticulosis, pockets in your colon which bulge outward. These can sometimes bleed. I would ask your doctor about these possibilities and have your colon looked at. Any polyps or tumors would be found on a colonoscopy.
If anyone wishes to e-mail me, I have an excellent booklet on the colon and disorders of the digestive tract, which happens to be the #1 reason for hospital visits in North America!
There are some excellent herbal products (NOT drugs) which can help with the healing process.
Let me know if I can help.
hi monica, boy it sounds like you are in an awful situation. you may not know this but you can live without a stomach, God forbid you should have to, but you will NOT die. if a doctor has told you that you will die i would surely get a second opinion. i am not quite sure what you mean by part of the stomach dying, but this is usually called gastroparesis (stomach empties slower) and the lack of blood supply causes this problem. i can see why you are worried, but you might have been misinformed. you should find another doctor who will get you in sooner than the end of may. good luck to you.
Thanks, Tina. The part of my stomach that is above the kink is being cut off. They say if I do nothing it would eventually go into gangreen and I would have to have emergency surgery and would most likely not make it. I am 51 and the thought of having to live without a stomach is a little scarey. I love food. Thanks for your reply.
Monica, you poor thing! Yes, DEFINITLY, get a third opinion and a fouth if your stil not satisfied, remember its your body and your health, and DON'T WAIT! I'd do whatever it took to get this cleared up. I dont know how long it takes for the blood supply to be cut off and a portion of your "stomach to die". But, I do hope the surgeons that you last saw would know if you are in any life threatenig position, and would not allow you to go home and wait till the end of May to get you in! May I ask where you are located, (state only). I'm in the Boston, Mass. area and can give you the name of a doctor that is the head of a gastro. dept. at a hospital here. He is very good, from what I know. It may be worth contacting him by phone, (which I can give you his # if you'd like) just to explain your problem. Im sure he can be of great help to you. But, what ever you chose to do, don't wait! It's your life! Best of luck! email me at ***@**** if I can be of futher help. :)