"Turns out I have bowel cancer, not IBS"
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Posted by Sickened (as ),
Aug 2012: I first reported my changed in bowel habit to my Gp who prescribed apperients.
By April 2013 the problem persisted. I was then diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel). By June my Hb dropped to 8 and still the various GPs said IBS.
I went to A&E in August and "constipation" they said, and sent me home with 2 suppositories. Several emergency paramedic and A&E visits later, 2 hospital stays, ultrasounds, OGD and colonoscopy I was told under heavy sedation that I probably had bowel cancer. That was Oct 2014.
Seven weeks after a right hemicolectomy, I'm still awaiting chemotherapy for Dukes C adenocarcinoma with lymph node involvement.
I had to ask my GP practice to stop permitting my pharmacy to collect the IBS treatment for, as noted, my diagnosis is cancer.
I'm scared, only 49, widowed and a single mom of 1.
I simply wish that all health care professionals remember to think outside the box each time they see a patient. I had no less than 10 GP reviews between Aug and Oct challenging the IBS diagnosis. One GP actually said: "So what do you think is the problem?"