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Blood in stools, drastic weight loss - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I'm a 39yr old male with no history of drinking or smoking. My mother has a history of skin cancer other than that nothing serious. About two months ago I had a little constipation but when I passed it there was a small drop of dark blood which not a day or two later started a run of diarrhea that lasted over a month I ate very little for fear messing myself. I started using fiber powders and it seemed to work. I have lost about 12 lbs over the last 2 1/2 months I have severe health anxiety which hasn't helped because I lose my appetite on top of it. I'm scared to death that it's cancer. I've also had a sore throat for about a year went to ent had ct scan and scope of throat and nothing was there. Could this be colorectal cancer or maybe espohegeal?? Please give some advice
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Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Was any endoscopy done?
User :   next week
Doctor :   Your symptoms are more relevant to Acid peptic disease
Doctor :   Rather than cancer
Doctor :   The reason you have lost weight is probably anxiety i guess
Doctor :   Do you have any feeling of releif after food
User :   having a problem eating because of anxiety
Doctor :   ANd even constipation ( hard stools ) could have hurt your anal splinter resulting in minimal bleeds
Doctor :   I understand you haev to overcome
Doctor :   Be patient untill endoscopy is done
Doctor :   Most probably a ulcer related case
Doctor :   Did you have any repeat episodes of bleeding after that
User :   no
Doctor :   IS it painful while passing stools
User :   just a lot of
User :   usually after I ate
Doctor :   Thats because of excess fibre intake
Doctor :   And are you taking any laxatives?
User :   no
User :   the fiber got rid of the diarrhea
Doctor :   Then need not worry anxiety some times will lead to loose stools
Doctor :   Just have regular and healthy fibre rich idet
Doctor :   *diet
User :   wouldn't I have thing stools when my bowels got back to normal...because right now they seem normal
Doctor :   Anxiety will increase intestinal motility leading to loose stools
User :   last year I had a barium swallow that should've showed somthing also
Doctor :   Yes if there is a cancer then it will show
Doctor :   Barium swallow will for sure pick up abnormalities in gut
User :   could it be IBD?
Doctor :   DO you have indigestion ?
User :   sometimes?
Doctor :   It could be IBD too
Doctor :   But the endoscopy will guide us now to exact conclusion
User :   is it common for someone of my age to get this without risk factors?
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   Unless you smoke in excess/ consume excess junk foods/ sedantry lifestyle/ alcohol consumption are risk factors
Doctor :   But i guess you dont have any of them
User :   not really
Doctor :   I guess i had already suggested you to start practising yoga or meditation to relive your stress levels
User :   yes
Doctor :   Plz avoid getting anxiuos that will definitley impact your health
User :   not very easy to do
Doctor :   Just follow healthy lifestyle / normal and regular diet, you will do better
Doctor :   Every thing is attained after some practise and attempts so dont give up
Doctor :   It seems you have moved out of the chat window plz log back if you have any medical queries
Doctor :   Bye for now
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