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A 25-year-old female asked:

colicky/bloated pain ulq, can pinpoint it sometimes. comes and goes. loose stool x10 days, foul smelling. some nausea. abd xray, u/s normal. blood work normal. colon cancer? 25y f. no family history.

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Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 16 years experience
IBS: Based on the symptoms you are describing, you most likely have irritable bowel syndrome. This can cause alternating diarrhea and constipation with symptoms of bloating and gassiness. You should see your doctor for more information.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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See GI doc. ? IBS: You need to have stool cultures for ova and parasites and a colonoscopy to look for other causes of diarrhea. Cultures and tests should be run for food poisoning and if it is real foul smelling i would think of clostridium difficile, especially if you have recently been in a hospital or nursing home or been on antibiotics. If you drank well or ground water, then giardia lamblia is a possibility.
Dr. Ionel Donca
Nephrology and Dialysis 25 years experience
Very unlikely: Although not impossible , colon cancer at 25 is very uncommon , in particular without family history . Colon cancer at 25 is almost always a genetic condition . Your symptoms are rather suggestive of bowel infection.

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