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Ulcerative Colitis or Cancer

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LucyBo17 Tue 23-Apr-19 12:09:53

I am really worried I have Colon Cancer. I have been having bouts of diarrhoea with blood and mucus, my current flare-up isn't clearing up and I'm still bleeding when I go to the loo. The doctor thinks it is probably Ulcerative Colitis and is sending me for a sigmoidoscopy (waiting list is 8 weeks). I also have heartburn and get stomach pains before I need to go to the loo.

My dad died of an aggressive form of colon cancer two years ago at 65 years old and so i'm so scared that I now have it. I just keep thinking about my two boys (1 and 5) and can't stop thinking the worse. At this point a diagnosis of UC would definitely be a relief.

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LucyBo17 Thu 25-Apr-19 08:41:46

Would be interested to know what symptoms other UC sufferers have

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MotherOfGodFella Thu 25-Apr-19 08:56:15

It’s far more likely to be UC than cancer. I had the same symptoms as you and once you’ve got the right medication I expect it’ll be under control.

My gp prescribed me a 250mg dose of medication and when I was properly diagnosed after the sigmoidoscopy the gastro doc said he had no idea that they even made such a minuscule dose. I now take 4x1200mg dose if I’m having a flare plus suppositories so a huge amount more. So the fact that your symptoms aren’t clearing are probably related to this.

8wks is a long time to wait when you’re worrying. Have you called to ask about cancellations?


champagneplanet Fri 03-May-19 10:55:24

@LucyBo17 If you don't mind me asking what are your symptoms?

I am currently experiencing mucus and occasionally a little bit of bleeding after I have been to the toilet. I don't have any pain or change to my bowel movements. A google search has frightened the life out of me and I am making an appointment to see my GP.

Rangeloaf Fri 03-May-19 10:59:48

It’s far more likely to be a form of IBD but your doctor should be doing the bowel cancer screening test to check - testing your poo. Also you should be referred in 2 weeks I think if there’s any possibility it could be cancer. I’d push for this as the doctor can’t possibly know what it is without someone having a look.

THEsonofaBITCH Fri 03-May-19 11:00:27

The stomach pain and mucus makes it far more likely to be UC than cancer, sorry you are unwell, but hopefully its the least severe issue!

LucyBo17 Mon 06-May-19 07:56:19

My symptoms are really bad Diarrhea with red blood and mucus, stomach pains, urgency to go to toilet, indigestion and soreness.

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