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Read about coronavirus and cancer. For the past 4 months i havent been feeling right, my bowel habits have changed a lot stools r looser and smell more. I am also tired all the time and feel like sleeping all day but i cant i also have quite a bit of discomfort in my stomach, and the wind OMG i cant go anywhere cause i smell really bad, it was never like this. I went to my gp in January and she said probably flare up of ibs but done a blood test. A few weeks ago i went back to the gp cause i was still bad so she done more bloods and sent a referral for a follow up.
Bloods came back the same as before even though ive been on the iron tablets for 6 weeks. I dont want to tell any family or friends, i'd rather wait till ive got the full picture myself.
I am so scared ive got bowel cancer. Hi Loush and welcome to cancer chat. Sorry to hear you have been having such distressing symptoms. There are so many things that can cause problems with your bowels like you are describing. But bowel cancer can and does happen to people under The main thing is you have went to your doctor and they are doing some investigations, which will hopefully rule out cancer.
If your fecal test comes back negative and you are still having trouble, it might be worth asking for a colonoscopy, as this will look at the whole of your bowel to check what's going on.
Why do I always think I've got cancer?
Hope things work out ok for you but please keep posting if you have any more questions. The fob test i got done at the docs came back clear but im still anaemic. Between constipation and looser movements, if that makes sense. She's prescribed me omeprazole once daily, 20mg. My GP suspected gall stones and I had a blood test which was normal and an ultrasound scan which picked up abnormal areas in my liver.
This led to a CT which picked up a thickening in the bowel. This area was then looked at by colonoscopy and biopsies taken. I would push for colonoscopy in both your casesyes there are loads of other things it can be but I would want the most serious ruling out first. I am a little biased tho because of my own situation. It's good that your GP is doing ultrasound and bloods.I lost my mother four years ago to pancreatic cancer. Since then, I have lived in constant fear of the word "cancer" and worry, endlessly, that I will get it.
Over the past three years, I developed headaches and, convinced it was a brain tumour, I went for an MRI scan, which didn't show anything. Then I begged my family doctor to do tests on my liver and pancreatic enzymes this summer, both of which turned out to be within the normal range. After a bad sinus infection, I requested a chest x-ray because I was convinced my bad cough was indicative of lung cancer.
The x-ray was clear. Most recently, I have become agitated about the possibility of stomach or colon cancer, as I have had diarrhoea and a pain on the lefthand side when I press on my stomach. My husband is supportive, but I can see that he believes I am killing myself with the worry - I'm a nervous wreck.
We have a wonderful life together and I want it to be a long one - but how can I learn to control my anxieties? Cancerbackup is a national charity dedicated to giving cancer patients and their friends and relatives up-to-date information and support to reduce the fear and uncertainty surrounding cancer.
Our nurses receive many calls from people who do not have the disease, but are experiencing severe anxiety, particularly after someone they know has been diagnosed with it. The fears that cancer causes are very powerful as they go to the core of our notions of mortality. It is important for you to realise that you are not alone - one in 20 people suffer from an anxiety disorder. Severe anxiety can manifest itself in many ways, but it is a recognised condition and can be managed.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has produced guidance for the NHS about anxiety disorders and their management, and there are also many organisations, psychologists and psychotherapists to help you deal with these feelings so you can once again function fully and maintain healthy relationships with those close to you.
Cancerbackup nurses can guide anyone suffering from such anxiety. Our freephone number is or visit Cancerbackup. When I began investigating a possible illness in my early 20s, the shock of a potential risk of cancer threw me out of my rational mind and into a dumb struck state of fear. Tests confirmed I had something else - polycystic ovaries - but I had already been imagining colostomy bags and hysterectomies and assuming I was the unlucky one out of my circle of friends, that I was the one in four that was going down with cancer.
For years I kept bumping into cancer - it seemed to be everywhere - but I was looking for it, too. With each new symptom, I was researching and self-diagnosing. During this time, I met my wonderful and loving husband; he has been so understanding and patient and I am much better now. He has a much shorter fuse about such things and provides me with a rational outlook.
I have put the NHS through its paces - I have had my fair share of tests, x-rays and check-ups - but nothing sinister has ever been found. Any niggle or pain could be symptomatic of hundreds of medical problems - it doesn't have to be cancer.
Our bodies have defence mechanisms that protect us, and it is important to have faith in our own physiological immunity - it is very good. Be aware of your body, but maintain a balance between vigilant and obsessive. I tried cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnotherapy, but it was the rediscovery of an inner resolve to live my life that saved me. LBManchester. An irrational fear of illness and the fixation on one particular disease is known as hypochondriasis - I also suffered from it a few years ago, to the point where I was having daily panic attacks.
Therapy then helped me discover the underlying cause of my fear and to realise it was irrational and that not every ache and pain is something fatal. I also found rescue remedies really helped when I was feeling panicky.
Name and address withheld. Pancreatic cancer is a virulent form of cancer and the time from diagnosis to death can be relatively short. This can be very traumatic for those close to the people affected.Please read our information about coronavirus and cancer alongside this page. If you have symptoms of cancer you should still contact your doctor and go to any appointments you have. Spotting cancer early means treatment is more likely to be successful.
Read about coronavirus and cancer. Instead of focusing on dying think about living for now, do things that make you happy, I know how hard this is. We were told by our consultant "If anyone tells you how long you've got - they're lying because we just don't know.
Everyone responds differently". We all know we are going to die sometimes, but when facing the C rollercoaster it brings the thought a lot nearer to the surface for sufferersfamily and friends. You say there is so much your want to say and ask. Well you're in the right place here. You may find some peace that way. What cancer is it? What did you do before? Hi Cocopops I have read your profile and although I know little about your type of cancer, I am the same age as you and in exactly the same situation prognisis-wise.
You are right, it certainly is scary, and I dont know how you totally get your head around it but somehow we do. You say you have family and presumably they are aware of your diagnosis. Sometimes those closest to us are the most difficult to talk to because we dont really want to acknowledge that we may have to leave them long before we want to. The McMillan nurses attached to your local hospital are great at family counselling and that may be something you want to consider.
If you are well enough to spare a few days to visit the Penny Brohn Centre in Bristol you will be astounded at how they help you to come to terms with things and converse with others. Maybe just coming here and talking to others who in the same boat will help you - sometimes it just helps to write your feelings down.
I try to think that I am living with cancer and forget the 'dying of cancer' bit.
Myself, and others on the site, are always here to support you so please keep in touch and let us know how you are. Sending love x. Hi Sukicat, I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis and hope Cocopops doesnt mind me pinching this thread for a quick message to you. Due to a brain tumour, I am unable to drive and get out and am also very ill and tired following treatments - the furthest place I manage to get to for about a week is the loo!
Sadly not all families can converse about everyday things, let alone when cancer is thrown into the equation. I feel desperately sorry for cocopops and understand completely how difficult it is to pull yourself back up after being given such devastating news.
I am pleased that you have managed to do that and are in a 'good place' but we must be careful not to make others feel inadequate that they are unable to feel that 'there is no point in worrying about it' your words or have no idea how to even begin to discuss their feelings with their loved ones.
Hi cocopops, it's easy for the rest of us to tell you all the usual stuff I'm 62 now and have had a lot of treatment, but there is no cure for Myloma so I have had to come to terms with the idea that I might not even reach pension age Her biggest fear was that the children would be taken from her husband and put into care after she died.
So if I start feeling sorry for myself I think of her Good luck. Good points you make and i thank you for that,my diagnosis is terminal and i agree we all deal with it differently and sorry if i made anyone feel inadequate that wasnt my intention just trying to say there is life with cancer,yes the treatment knocked me for 6 but as i was feeling better after treatment then i started to say to myself that i needed to get on with life,i know it is hard to discuss with loved ones as you dont want to upset them but they are there for you.Please read our information about coronavirus and cancer alongside this page.
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Read about coronavirus and cancer. Hello, I hope someone will advise me because I am so scared that I have throat cancer that I can't sleep or perform any of my daily activities anymore, because this is all I think about.
'Dr. Google' made me worry about colon cancer. Did I overreact?
I am a 19 year old male. I had an on and off sore throat and hoarseness for many many months, but was a smoker, so didn't think too much about it. However, I quit around two months ago and not long after that the sore throat and hoarseness started again and continue to this day.
Furthermore, During the last month I developed difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing. Not only does food sometimes feels like it sticks to my throat when swallowing, I have difficulty performing the swallowing action itself, even when I only have saliva in my moath. It's as if my muscles are harder to contract or something. The breathing problems feel as if something is blocking the air flow and I need to put extra effort in if I want to take a deep breath.
Furthermore, my chest often hurts when I swallow. During the past few days, I developed this constant urge to clear my throat, but it is impossible to do so no matter how much I try. It's as if something is stuck there. I have been told I have acid reflux before. I saw 2 GPs about this problem in the last weeks and both of them didn't even bother to look at me after learning that I have a history of acid reflux, they just gave me some omeprozol and told me not to come back for a month.
I have found online that these symptoms are consistent with throat ir esophagus cancers and now am in absolute panic mode. I cannot sleep or focus on anything else but the thoughts of cancer and dying. And finally, how fast are these types if cancer? How risky is it to wait the month for an appointment?
Because all I can think about is how the cancer is growing and spreading and how it will be to late by the time anyone actually tests me. Hello Robert and welcome to the forum.
I am sorry to learn of your discomfort and worry. I have no medical training and the same goes for others on this forum and so couldn't possibly make a guess at what is causing your unpleasant symptoms.
There are other things that could be causing your symptoms, not nearly so scary as cancer. You may have worried yourself unnecessarily by googling your symptoms.
We have a standing joke here that "Dr Google" should have been struck off years ago. The trouble with google is that I think they have to cover themselves and include every possible disease no matter how unlikely; that way nobody can complain as people do in this litigious world that they had a disease that google doesn't mention.
By the way, did the omeprazole help at all? I understand from the NHS website that some people need to have a long-term prescription. But you are suffering and I can understand that you are concerned to get to the cause of what is happening. So go back to your doctor and explain that the problem is no better and is causing you distress.
I am sorry I cannot answer the questions you ask but it would be very wrong of us to make guesses. We would like to know how you get on and if your doctor is going to take a thorough look at your oesophagus to get the matter decided. In the meantime try to relax as this is probably exacerbating your symptoms; easier said than done but we all know the "lump in your throat" syndrome when upset.
I am not suggesting that this is the cause of your problems but it may be exacerbating them.Please read our information about coronavirus and cancer alongside this page. If you have symptoms of cancer you should still contact your doctor and go to any appointments you have.
Spotting cancer early means treatment is more likely to be successful. Read about coronavirus and cancer. I then felt my head and feel a lump on the part of my head where the tension is. Today my left eye has been hurting as well, and the headaches have been more icepick.
I feel like this all suggests a tumour. I have never posted on here before but I just came across your post and I had to comment Just want to start off by saying I know how you feel. Please for the love of god stay OFF google you will make it so much worse. I would suggest the next time you go to your doctors that you ask to be referred for CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It simply feeds one's paranoia, and reading about symptoms is guaranteed to bring them on! You are doing the right thing seeing your GP, but I urge you to prepare for the meeting.
Ask whether there are any simple tests, such as blood tests, that can set your mind at rest. Remember that your GP appointment will be a nominal 10 minutes, and time is precious, so everything you can do to help your GP will be appreciated. If Dr Google was a real doctor he or she would be struck off for causing so much unnecessary stress and anxiety! Your symptoms are real but may well be being caused by your health anxiety, rather than by a physical condition. The least likely physical cause of all is a brain tumour as these are extremely rare in teenagers.
The advice about writing your concerns down before seeing your GP is excellent advice which your GP will appreciate you following.
So, you're worried because all the tests were fine, and there were no red flags. But you'd also be be worried if the tests weren't fine, or if there were some red flags!
So, you've got yourself in a no-win situation. It's generally true that it's impossible to prove a negative: no one can prove you don't have cancer, even if you have all the tests in the world, and they all come out clear.
But the chances of having cancer when everything is clear is pretty low. After all, that is how most of us cope with the fact that life is limited. They referred me to some councilling, which will take about a month to sort out. Feelings of nausea in the morning could be caused by low blood sugar when you wake up.
Again thank you for the help. I've had anxiety for as long as i can remember, it's crippling, horrible, infesting and most importantly controlling. I have woken up panicking about brain tumours before and sent myself in to a sort of frenzy I would ring my mum, who would reassure me, i would enlist my exs help which eventually led to her leaving me for someone else, and would visit the doctors almost every week, i had a head ache on the back of my head for about 4 weeks, non stop.
Eventually on my 5th trip the doctor referred me to the MRI clinic. I went, absolutely terrified and convinced myself the results would be bad, They wearnt, infact they were absolutely fine. But yet i still went back to the doctors, eventually i decided to ignore the pain, every time it was there i just did something else, and guess what I'm never going to say that you shouldn't rule out a problem, but i am going to say this, the mind is a powerful tool, you can give someone a dummy tablet and the mind will fix the issues under the placebo effect, so if the mind can do that?
Listen to the doctors, they know the signs and symptoms, theres no shame in asking for reassurance, but just know if you can harness that negative energy and convert it into powerful thoughts you can cure yourself, i still ask for reassurance from time to time, but don't let it control your life, like my girlfriend says to me now "worry about it when it happens and not before" we cant change our future. So keep going, if you need a chat, then message me on here and ill be happy to help: I am also 21, so know exactly how you feel!
Hi idk if ppl still look on here but I'm 14 and I have anxiety but I'm really scared I have a brain tumer I always convince my self I'm I'll like cancer etc n get my mum to take me to the doctor last time I went I thought I had lung cancer they Checked my heart rate etc n I was fine but I googled my symptoms n it said brain tumer my balance ain't grate I haw abit of face numbness but have for years and I'm just scared please reply.
Hi to all I have been going doctors for years with bad aniexty and migranes and feeling tired all the time. But I have had a strok and heart atack.Please read our information about coronavirus and cancer alongside this page.
If you have symptoms of cancer you should still contact your doctor and go to any appointments you have. Spotting cancer early means treatment is more likely to be successful. Read about coronavirus and cancer. Hi and thanks for reading my post. Sadly I lost my mum to cancer at my age 43 I have had reflux as long as I can remember and been given medication on and off with flare ups.
But have been on them without stopping for 5 years. About 6 months ago I started either being constipated to having 5 motions a day even having to get up at night to go. My GP did bloods and I had an ultra sound which was fine. I have an urgent referral for Monday to be seen by colorectal consultant but scared all the years of bad reflux had caused it.
What might happen at appointment. I am sorry to hear about your symptoms and can understand your worry given what happened to your mum. I am glad to see that you have an appointment to see a colorectal consultant on Monday. I am afraid that I do not know exactly what tests are likely to be carried out, as I have had 2 bouts of breast cancer and, am not familiar with the precise tests that you are likely to have.
However, most tests for cancer are fairly similar and usually involve discussion about your symptoms, a physical examination and various scans dependent upon your symptoms. It normally takes weeks to get your scan results back. I sincerely hope that your symptoms are not related to cancer and that you find a simpler solution. Skip to main content. Post to forum. Search Search forum. Do you have a cancer chat password? Yes, I have a password.
Remember me. Sign in. I would be happy to receive news and updates from Cancer Chat. Create new account. Leave this field blank.Two months ago, while living abroad in London, I was at a breast clinic, under the admittedly skilled and very kind professional care of the staff there. But despite their reassurances, I was absolutely petrified.
Because I thought I might have breast cancer. Twelve percent of American women will get breast cancer in their lifetime, and the disease is also still the second leading cause for death in women according to the American Cancer Society. This essay is not about that statistic though; I would not pretend to know what sufferers of breast cancer go through.
Instead it is about the even larger statistic of women that will face a cancer scare in their lifetime — 1. This means many of us will discover a lump and be left terrified at some point during our lives and still, we are the lucky ones. I discovered my first lump at the age of Whatever it was, it never went away though and, two years later, it grew larger and excruciatingly painful.
To make matters worse, I was stuck in the US for the summer with no medical insurance and so had three full months to stress out about it before I could come back to London to get it checked out. During this time, aided and abetted by Google and webMD, and having just seen my mother go through cancer and the reconstruction process after a mastectomy, as well as having heard how chemotherapy can effect fertility from another friend, I imagined all sorts of worst-case scenarios.
Once again, the ultrasound showed the lump was just thick breast tissue, and the radiologist explained that this tissue could sometimes be painful.
He had dragged the ultrasound wand further down my breast and found a random solid mass. Suddenly needles were flying out and I was being prepped for a biopsy. I left crying.
I think that I have Esophageal Cancer, I am extremely scared
The biopsy was awful and I felt alone. I went back to the clinic for my results a few days later. Were these the faces of two people about to break the news of cancer to someone? Surely that would cause some anxiety, and they looked fairly relaxed.
I was right; in the end, I got the all clear. I felt very lucky but what was surprising to me about the experience was that, when I talked to my girlfriends about what had happened, a shocking number of them had had similar experiences, even though we are all only in our late twenties or early thirties. Some had had lumps that needed to be removed and tested as early as their teens. There are lots of statistics available about breast cancer incidence and survival rates, but I would be interested in a statistic which despite my best efforts, I could not locate about how many of us will go through the fear of discovering and having a lump tested in our lifetime.
When trying to find the incidence of biopsy rates amongst young women, I came across an online forum for people in their twenties facing breast cancer. One woman says she wants to have children but was not able to freeze her eggs before chemotherapy.
Another woman expressed that she is worried about finding a husband now that breasts are so scarred. All of these fears resonated with my own, some of which I, for some reason, felt guilty about when I had them. I also questioned writing this essay. Did I have any business writing about breast cancer when I ended up having a benign mass?