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This is Dr. David
I am a cancer doctor.
I highly doubt you have bowel cancer.
excessive anxiety can cause frequent bowel movements and loose stools.
you need to get better treatments for your health anxiety symptoms
are you on treatment for excessive anxiety?
I am extremely anxious. these symptoms are seriously starting to affect my daily life
it sounds like you need treatment for your anxiety.
I was on citalopram but it makes me nauseous so I stopped. I now take diazepam to sleep. I work mostly nights and am very sleep deprived.
there are medications like SSRI agents and long acting benzodiazepines which can help decrease anxiety.
citaloopram is celexa.
there are other options such as paxil or zoloft or lexapro which can help decease your anxiety
and can all be used along with diazepam as well.
also you have to see a psychiatrist and a psychologist for psychotherapy frequently as well to help decrease anxiety.
Can I ask why you would doubt bowel cancer? would you suggest another sigmoidoscopy?
I'm currently having cbt
because of your age.
we don't see colon and bowel cancer in clients in your age
unless you have a genetic predisposition to get early colon cancer
like lynch syndrome or gardner's syndrome.
no, another sigmoidoscopy will be normal.
There is no family history as far as I am aware
Even though my last one was 4 years ago?
yes, even if your last one was 4 years ago.
you don't need another one.
Ok, when I had my last one they said probably IBS but I had no other investigations. I experience a lot of undigested food in stools too. I get cramping then need to urgently go and then the cramping is relieved. I've also had a lot of blood work, my hb is 146, crp is 1 and esr is 2. Am i right in thinking if there was something sinister going on my crp and esr would be raised?
don't let your anxiety get out of control.
your CRP and ESR are low.
try adding probiotics and yogurt daily into your diet.
and adding more fiber into your diet.
also avoiding glutten can help
and exercise can help your bowels work better as well.
do these sound like celiac symptoms?
no, not really.
but for some people, avoiding glutten can help the bowels,
even when they don't have celiac spruce disorder.
oh I see, is it more likely ibs?
yes, much more likely to be IBS
and nervous bowels which can be caused by anxiety as well.
Ok thank you.
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