Thursday, July 17, 2008 Sharon E. Cranton, Community Member, asks

Q: Back pain associated with bowel movement

My son who is 37, not one to run to the Doctor has been having severe back pain, and it seems to be associated with early morning bowel movement, but pain is persisting almost all day now. He is scheduled for a ct scan  and a colon test with a  light and also he has to do a stool screening test for 3 days.He has had this for about 1 month.He has to wait until next month for these tests to be done, I want him to go back to the Doctor again, and he is baulking me, I as his Mother am very concerned, his great Uncle died with bowel cancer at 53, his grandfather on my side had diviticulitis and had a colostomy fro 6 months, his grandmother on his father's side had one as well for the same reason, am I beign over concerned about my adult son?

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8/24/08 11:53pm

Sharon, first of all, "A mother is a mother, is a mother, is a mother." In other words, you don't stop being a mother just because your "child" is a "grown up!" You are showing your love and concern for your son, and I think there isn't anything to feel guilty or self-conscious about. (As an adult, he certainly has the right and the ability to tell you to "back off" if he wishes. So, you should be free to tell him how you feel, and he should be free to do likewise. The dynamic between you two is a private matter to be worked out within the family.)


OK, his symptoms.... Could just be that he's straining with that early morning stool; if he's very constipated AND he has disc problems in his spine, that could result in quite a bit of discomfort for him, even lasting throughout the day. I don't have enough information from what you wrote to really comment on much more, other than to agree that, with your family's strong history of colon cancer, and your son's complaints, a proactive investigational appraoch, as is being conducted, is a very good idea.


I wish him well.





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By Sharon E. Cranton, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/26/11, First Published: 07/17/08