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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I'm a 39 year old male with no history of drinking or smoking. History of skin cancer in family. Had a sore throat for over a year was checked by ent with scope and ct everything good. Two months ago passed small amount of dark blood followed by month long bout of diahrrea which abaited with use of fiber. I lost about 12 lbs in about 3 months...I was only eating small amounts of food because of the diahrrea and I also suffer from health anxiety and am scared that I have cancer.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr xxxxhere
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Let me explain
Doctor :   You dont seem to have any of symptoms corresponding to cancer
Doctor :   Your symptoms are more related to common cold or pharyngitis only
Doctor :   ANd blood in stools could b e due to ulcers or excessive spice added to food
Doctor :   Is food habits regular?
User :   yes
User :   never had bowel problems before....
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me breif you the symptoms associated with cancer
Doctor :   Loss of appetite
Doctor :   drastic weight loss
Doctor :   generalised weakness
Doctor :   and the last being prolonged illness
Doctor :   I guess your anxiety is making you feel uncomfortable
User :   I'm saw a gastro and he want's me to have a scope of my esophogus and a colonoscopy
User :   yes very
User :   affecting my eating
Doctor :   Thats an routine protocol for any bleeding
Doctor :   Probably its due to an ulcer
Doctor :   When there is excess stress there are more chances for stress ulcers to occur
Doctor :   All you will require is a course of antacids for 15 days and you will be alright
User :   when I get very anxious I my stomach gets messed up...I'm used to that
Doctor :   These are more related to ulcer
User :   even with no stomach pain?
Doctor :   Yes
User :   oh
User :   I'm still having some issues with my intestines where they aren't moving normally also
Doctor :   do you have irregular bowels
User :   not since the diarrhea
Doctor :   Do you have excess bowel sounds audible outside
User :   I did have a lot of gurggling for a while but not near as bad now
Doctor :   And do you also have excess burps and fasting
Doctor :   These are also probably stress related
Doctor :   We term the condition as Irritable bowel syndrome
User :   my gastro says blood isn't a sign of irratble bowel...I thought it was ibs also
Doctor :   That could probably due to ulcer and remaining symptoms are more like irritable bowel syndrome
User :   ok
User :   with all these symptoms it's a bit overwhelming....don't know what to think
Doctor :   I guess just get an endoscopy so that you can confirm
Doctor :   Assertively i feel is it an ulcer with IBS
User :   so your first thought wouldn't be cancer?
Doctor :   Yes as per my opnion doesnt seem like cancer
User :   what brings you to this conclusion?
Doctor :   You have no other signs relating to cancer
User :   ok
Doctor :   Wishing you a speedy recovery
User :   thanks
Doctor :   Bye for now
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