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Is 37 too to have colon cancer? What are the symptoms?

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Is 37 too young to have colon cancer? What are the symptoms?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Singh replied 5 years ago.
Colon cancer is rare in those below the age of 40, but not impossible.
Symptoms can include: abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, blood in stool or darkened color stool, weakness, anemia, weight loss.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Okay I have been having abdominal pain on right and left side.. sometimes flank pain and lately the pain is also in my lower abdomen. I have constipation and sometimes diarrhea and nausea. This has been going on for two weeks or so. I had a normal ultrasound and normal upper endoscopy. Also, I have a ESR of 83... I suffer from general anxiety. I started a new medication dexilant about 3 days ago and yesterday I had severe stomach cramps and pain in lower abdomen with "slushy" stool. Any suggestions or advice as to what this could be. The pain comes and goes but the last 2 days have been constant.

Expert:  Dr. Singh replied 5 years ago.
The symptoms you describe can be caused by things such as a viral infection, side effect of medications (dexilant) can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea, IBS, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, etc. I recommend you revisit with your doctor and have blood tests such as a CMP and lipase to see if your gallbladder or pancreas is affected (if not already done). Ask about stopping Dexilant. If all tests/exams come back negative what you have is most likely IBS and treatment is supportive. A medication such as Bentyl may be helpful.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Yes, I have a family history of gallstones. My mother, sister and aunt have all had their gallbladder out. The Dr. who did the endoscopy said I would have to get mine out at some point. I just don't know if gallstones can cause all this pain and all over.

Expert:  Dr. Singh replied 5 years ago.
Gallstones can cause pain and these symptoms. So having this further evaluated is recommended.

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