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My concern comes from 3 weeks of what I find are rapidly worsening symptoms despite my "reassuring" test results in this third week, painkillers offer little relief, and my stools having so much mucus, the softness, and the pale brown/yellow colour, and what looks to be blood in them still. Bowel movements do not help my condition, no bloating or gas. The pains are constant. Around a 6 - 6.5/10.
I am 5'6, normally 61KG, a big eater, so the weight loss is alarming for 3 weeks.
What can I express to, or ask my doctor for as far as further testing? I fear I am being overlooked because of my age and will end up with a tragic, late diagnosis. My grandad passed from ulcers and an abdominal cancer also.
With the persistant and worsening symptoms, and the new development in the condition of my stools (colour, paleness, mucus, and blood), would addressing my concerns over these given the duration and developments, change or speed up the investigation of the causes?
Should I ask for a stool sample to be evaluated first? Or is it all in my doctors hands and opinion?
I do not feel I am being taken seriously, always being "reassured" instead on every visit. Is this a normal process with these symptoms?
I am actually a resident of the UK (England)!
Is it normal practice for me to request a sample to be taken, and a referral to a specialist if I have drastic concerns at this stage, and for them to be complied with, or is it still my doctor's decision for both of these despite my wanting them? Would i ask him for a second opinion if he won't action both of those?
I am never sick so this is all new to me. I almost feel as if i am harrassing my doctor, but I have night sweats now, and am overcome with anxiety and feelings of depression because of this. Is it worth mentioning this also? This is all very helpful advice!