How Can You Tell The Difference Between Ibs And Colon Cancer?

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How Can You Tell The Difference Between Ibs And Colon Cancer?

I am a 31 year old female and mother of 4. For a about 4 days I have been bloated, had gas, constipated and have had diarreha; I have cramps and the feeling during a bowel movement of pressure, but no blood. The only blood I see is from me wiping and it is pink light spots more like irritation from all the wiping. I've been told I was lactose intolerent and I had IBS (never dignosed) for about three days almost 2 years ago but it was not this intense where I have to pull over or stop to use the bathroom and it did not last this long. I am getting scared, I have been under alot of stress lately and I do have a sleeping disorder; and I have also gained weight before this started.

Answer

Hi T,

IBS can cause all of the problems/symptoms that you describe. IBS symptoms can be severe or minor disturbances. Food can cause issues for some with IBS. And stress can be a major factor for many with IBS. Irritiable Bowel Syndrome is a diagnosis made after all other GI disorders have been ruled out. You may want to read my Sharepost about IBS - http://www.healthcentral.com/ibd/c/2623/90943/ibs.

Stress and diet, not colon cancer, are the most common reasons people tend to have GI distress. If you haven't seen a GI doctor then you probably should if this is affecting your day-to-day life.

You also may want to keep a food diary where you write down everything you eat and drink, how you feel afterwards, etc. Keep this journal for at least 2 weeks, a month is even better, and you may actually see a pattern of what you eat, or when you eat, and when your gut acts up. You may have a food intolerance that is causing problems. Or, you may be eating too much at one meal.

GI problems are not easy to diagnose, and even after you get a diagnosis solving the problem is not straight forward either. This is why I think looking at your diet and stress levels and learning how to reduce stress - yoga, light exercise, meditation - are good first places to start.

Hope this helps,

Elizabeth