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worriedwelsh89

How to approach this with GP?

Hello. Apologies if this is in the wrong place, I'm not sure where to post it, I'm just looking for advice.

I am aware that I have IBS but the last few months I have had significant changes in my bowel habits, I was told quite a few years ago that there has been history of bowel cancer in the family. I am currently getting really bad cramps reguarly. I've always put this down to being part of the IBS. I came across an article (I know this isnt the best way to go about things being pulled in by articles) of a lady living with IBS that was getting worse and described a lot of what I am experiencing at the moment. I know this could all just be in my head and it probably is just the IBS acting up but its playing on my mind. Does anyone think it would be the right thing to do to speak to the GP, if so what is the best way to approach this and would it be inappropriate to bring it up with the GP right now given how busy they are with the covid stuff?

Thanks in advance.

cyclingjohnny

hi @worriedwelsh89 , and a warm welcome to the forum, and yes you are in the right place,I always get little alarm bells ringing about IBS symptoms because I had years of doctors telling me I was to young, to healthy, not losing weight and not being tired, so I would say be very force full about getting a colonoscopy especilly with your family history, wishing you well cheers john. :x:

lottielou

Hi @worriedwelsh89 - I was concerned about troubling the GP during COVID but they have been amazingly efficient during this time. I have been seen by my GP and referred to specialists very quickly during lockdown. I appreciate that everyone’s GP and hospital will be different but I would not hold off being seen if you are worried. Better to hassle than regret it later on.
Good luck

louise28

Sorry to hear about this but I've seen quite a few GPS on social media urging patients not to stop going to them during Covid if they have any symptoms like that, Inc rectal bleeding, lumps etc. I would go, explain your symptoms and family history and your gp should refer you. Stand your ground if they don't!

Lirio345

Good morning @worriedwelsh89, welcome to the forum although I am sorry that you are having these horrible symptoms. I am not sure whether you are experiencing a worsening of your symptoms or that you have read an article that is worrying you. Either way it is important to get things checked out.

I totally agree with the comments above - you should be contacting the GP if you are are worried about your health. There has been a lot of publicity around the importance of this during the pandemic.

I have attached a symptoms diary that may be useful for you to download and complete. This can be used as a basis for discussion with your GP. Please let us know how you get on. Take very good care, Kim x

bowelcancerorguk.s3.amazonaws.com/...s/SymptomsDiary_BowelCancerUK.pdf

Nicky Nosher

My husband has a family history of bowel cancer and despite no symptoms other than tiredness, he had a routine referral in Nov2019, (due to my nagging). He got seen by the surgeon in Jan 2020 and got put on a routine colonoscopy list just before covid hit. They gave him a FIT test kit in April and he was given a colonoscopy in May in a private hospital. We are currently awaiting his biopsy results as they found two polyps in his caecum. I am just trying to reassure you that tests and scopes are happening in my area so yes do follow it up.
Nicky

Rachel

@worriedwelsh89
Good Morning.
My advice to you is if you feel that your bowel habits are out of the normal even taking into consideration IBS movements then yes go to your doctors,
I wish I had gone a few months earlier than I did, things would have been a whole lot :x::x:

Lauralou9

I would definitely check this with the doctor. Always better to double check anything you are unsure about. ❤❤L

worriedwelsh89

Thank you all, I had a telephone consultation yesterday and my GP asked if he could see me urgently today. I have an appointment with his this morning. Again, I know this could be nothing but its all playing on my mind especially given how quickly the GP wanted to see me. Is this what they call a cancer scare?

Polly 1

Glad your GP is able to see you later today @worriedwelsh89 if there is a problem you can start to get things started and if not they can put your mind at rest. All the best :x:

louise28

Hi @worriedwelsh89 I know sometimes the urgency can make you even more worried but it sounds like your gp is doing the right thing and not taking any chances. Tbh I do hope that some of the high profile cases of misdiagnosis etc with bowel cancer makes gps and docs leave no stone unturned :x:

worriedwelsh89

Thank you all. I saw my GP this morning. I'm a little unsure what to make of it, she acknowledged it would be unlikely given my age but she couldn't rule out it being cancer, she did say it could possibly be crohns disease (which I know very little about at the moment). She examined me, took bloods, requested a stool sample and referred me to the colorectal specialists.

Obviously not being able to rule out cancer has caused me a bit of anxiety, needing to wait for the results of the various tests and referral to the specialists.

Rachel

Hi @worriedwelsh89
We can certainly understand your anxiety, I was suspect ovarian cancer and it’s the wait and not knowing when all came back clear it’s a huge relief, they never took into consideration tumour in colon.
Anyway less of me.
Try and be assured they are now moving in the right directions, one thing I learnt from a course I went on was having a worry box, if you cannot do anything about throw it in the box, it works for me.
Mindfulness can keep the mind calm too, headspace app is brill.
Take Care :x::x:

Lirio345

Good morning @worriedwelsh89, your GP is doing everything to show that she is taking your concerns seriously which is great news. Try not to dwell on the cancer possibility - it is much more likely to be something else causing your symptoms, but the important thing is that you are being listened to, Kim :x::x:

lottielou

hi @worriedwelsh89 . Your GP sounds like they are doing everything that can be done.
I saw my GP on the 5th May and today I have got a date for surgery.
In that time I've had 2 colonoscopies, 3 CT scans and 2 MRIs, so covid hasn't slowed things down too much!! (at least not in Bucks)
The waiting for results has been tough but each stage takes you closer to a resolution - I've found focusing on one step at a time best otherwise its too overwhelming.
As you can see there are loads of people on here who can support you, provide answers and share stories - I have found it immensely useful to search the forum and read posts on things that are worrying me.
Wishing you a speedy diagnosis

worriedwelsh89

Thank you all. I've done something I probably shouldn't have and googled things, not just about symptoms but about reasons around quick referral to specialists. I have been referred as mentioned and I have an appointment with the specialist next week. The GP mentioned Crohn's and I've been trying to hang on to that as it feels less worrisome. The abdominal pain has increased this week though, as has the fatigue and I've had another episode of bleeding. I just want things to go back to normal. ☹️