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Experience:  MBBS/FCPS(Internal medicine/cardiology) MRCP(R) U.K
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My boyfriend is 58 yes old. He has a history of colon

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My boyfriend is 58 yes old. He has a history of colon polyps. His liver enzymes have been fluctuating for almostbavyear. His Dr thought it was from over use of Tylenol and ibuprofen. Now he has had dark blood in his stools off and on. He has an emergency visit with a GI Dr tomorrow. He is convinced he has colon and or stomach cancer because it runs in his family. He has had a lot of stomach pain and problems over the last 6 months. Are there other medical issues besides cancer that could be causing these problems?
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Customer: He has a high stress job and attributed the stomach problems to stress. He is a social worker who works with terminal children
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr.S.A.Alam replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question, it is true that colon cancer is a large risk factor with people who have colonic polyps.. But as he has been taking a lot of pain killers so most likely cause in his case is gut ulceration due to pain killers.OTer causes like inflammatory bowel disease, infection in the gut can also cause such symptoms. If he has weight loss unintentional more than 3-5% over few months then he needs a gut endoscopy ASAP. Let me know if you have questions. I am assistant professor in medicine and can help you with further questions, thank you. Do rate as positive if no further questions.