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GI Issue Story

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Hello this is my first time posting here but I want to tell my story. I am currently taking a gap year between undergraduate and graduate school. I have always been a worrier but my anxiety has peaked during this time of being stagnant and uncertain about my future. I’ve noticed that my health anxiety has recently skyrocketed. I had a melanoma, lupus, and diabetes “scare”. I am only 24 btw (and a female).
My most recent scare has been the worst yet because I experience the symptoms every day. After a particularly difficult bowel movement that required straining and produced really odd thin stools, I made the mistake of googling my symptoms since I’ve been feeling incomplete defecation for awhile and just kinda accepted it as my norm. Well that was an awful idea because it lead to think that I have rectal cancer (which is ironic because I work at a GI office). Ever since then it’s been a mess- I’ve thought I felt every symptom of rectal cancer since that day! Inconsistent bowel habits- not always thin but not the perfectly formed logs I’m holding myself to because it’s the only way I’ll convince myself I’m okay (I also may be over analyzing my stool because Im overthinking if I have a change in bowel habits- I spend a couple minutes after every bowel movement analyzing it). I asked the physician I work with and he recommended me fiber- this of course caused gas which lead to nausea and anxiety stomach cramps probably exaggerated by me thinking it was caused by a bowel obstruction . I layed off the fiber and now I feel fine... it was helping me stay regular so we will see what happens. Oh and I have been passing a lot of mucus.
So the worst symptom is the fact I feel constant rectal pressure- like all my bowel movements are incomplete! And sometimes they are. And then one day the worst happened... I saw blood! I had a panic attack in front of my parents. My dad however somewhat comforted because he has had hemorrhoids in the last and experienced similar symptoms.
So basically what I’m doing is venting and seeking companionship from people with similar stories. I am seeing my GP in two weeks for my physical- the doctor I work for said it’s okay to wait and he’s not worried. I know I have health anxiety but it doesn’t help me shake the feeling that something is wrong. And even if it’s just a hemorrhoid caused by IBS habits (I have for years felt like I had a mild version of this exaberrated by anxiety and not the best diet)- I don’t like being unwell and just want to feel normal again :(
 
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Daisymae

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I’m having bloating problems right now that started right after my recent anxiety. And of course I have convinced myself it’s fatal. Your too young to have anything serious, so try not to worry.
 

triceps

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Hello this is my first time posting here but I want to tell my story. I am currently taking a gap year between undergraduate and graduate school. I have always been a worrier but my anxiety has peaked during this time of being stagnant and uncertain about my future. I’ve noticed that my health anxiety has recently skyrocketed. I had a melanoma, lupus, and diabetes “scare”. I am only 24 btw (and a female).
My most recent scare has been the worst yet because I experience the symptoms every day. After a particularly difficult bowel movement that required straining and produced really odd thin stools, I made the mistake of googling my symptoms since I’ve been feeling incomplete defecation for awhile and just kinda accepted it as my norm. Well that was an awful idea because it lead to think that I have rectal cancer (which is ironic because I work at a GI office). Ever since then it’s been a mess- I’ve thought I felt every symptom of rectal cancer since that day! Inconsistent bowel habits- not always thin but not the perfectly formed logs I’m holding myself to because it’s the only way I’ll convince myself I’m okay (I also may be over analyzing my stool because Im overthinking if I have a change in bowel habits- I spend a couple minutes after every bowel movement analyzing it). I asked the physician I work with and he recommended me fiber- this of course caused gas which lead to nausea and anxiety stomach cramps probably exaggerated by me thinking it was caused by a bowel obstruction . I layed off the fiber and now I feel fine... it was helping me stay regular so we will see what happens. Oh and I have been passing a lot of mucus.
So the worst symptom is the fact I feel constant rectal pressure- like all my bowel movements are incomplete! And sometimes they are. And then one day the worst happened... I saw blood! I had a panic attack in front of my parents. My dad however somewhat comforted because he has had hemorrhoids in the last and experienced similar symptoms.
So basically what I’m doing is venting and seeking companionship from people with similar stories. I am seeing my GP in two weeks for my physical- the doctor I work for said it’s okay to wait and he’s not worried. I know I have health anxiety but it doesn’t help me shake the feeling that something is wrong. And even if it’s just a hemorrhoid caused by IBS habits (I have for years felt like I had a mild version of this exaberrated by anxiety and not the best diet)- I don’t like being unwell and just want to feel normal again :(
Hi and welcome Future. Half way through reading your post I thought "bet it turns out to be hemorrhoids" and then you went on to mention that possibility. The few times that mine have gotten inflamed, I'll have those flat stools and sometimes blood after a hard "pot pie" (what my kids call stools). Try if you can to listen to the doctors statements that you're fine. The combination of anxiety and possible hemorrhoid(s) could explain your feeling of rectal pressure. Just one opinion, glad you found us, it's a good and helpful place.
 

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This is what I am going through right now. I worry because I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm and i worry about pushing but the surgeon said not to worry about it. Thank you Future for posting it and Thank you Triceps for an answer. I feel better about it.
 
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Thank for for the replies! I am very happy if anyone can relate to this and it helps them. I’ve been using hemorrhoid treatment and it’s helping- such a weird scary phenomenon though when you don’t realize what’s wrong! I am glad I joined this forum because it’s nice to be heard by people with similar experiences because my family and friends just don’t get it. Funny story today.... had a red tinted stool and was freaking out, but totally forgot for a moment that I had a red velvet cookie yesterday and those do that. Just funny that it happened in the midst of this crisis! Other then the red it was the first bowel movement in a month where I felt generally satisfied so I think I’m on the mend! I need to stop thinking it’s a matter of me either being completely well or cancer. I tend to catastrophize and am working on that thinking pattern and it may be the root of my health anxiety
 

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When you get blood sometimes, it is probably your hemorroid that is bleeding a little. I don't mind that cause it takes some of the pressure off when that happens. Also eating spinach will cause your stool to look dark green, almost blackish so don't be concerned if that happens.
 

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Hey there. I’ve had my fair share of anxiety related stomach issues over the years. Stress and anxiety can do some crazy stuff to our stomachs and digestive system. I’m glad you’re seeing your GP soon and I hope you bring up the concerns. I’m sure any tests they do at your physical will come back fine. Best wishes!
 
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