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Diverticulosis or Colon Cancer? Please help!

30 Sep 2009 16:45

Hi, please can anyone help me, am in so much pain. I thought I may have ovarian cancer from all the symptoms, which are painful left abdominal pain, lower backache which is constant, pain in groin and down left leg, fever and then chills, very fatigued to the point of dragging myself through the day, constipation, frequent and urgent need to urinate and now nauseus as well. Lump which can be feltalot of tenderness and also bloating. My GP had me have a pap smear, pelvic ultrasound and CA 125 blood test, all which showed no problems but on blood tests my white blood cell count is up.

Last week I went to the hospital and the consultant said he doesn't think it is a gynaecological problem but that he's pretty sure it is all to do with the colon. Which on reflection would make sense. I am in so much pain now I don't know what to do and all I can do is wait and wait for the cat scan appointment he's sending me for.

In the meantime I am so scared as it's getting worse and I don't know if it's colon cancer or something like Diverticular disease. Has anyone had some /all of these symptoms? I would be very grateful for any feedback anyone can give me. I'm at the stage where I just feel I'm going to end up collapsing and going into hospital because the doctors have ignored me for so long before I've finally pushed them enough to get me this far.

Thanks everyone!

Re: Diverticulosis or Colon Cancer? Please help!

30 Sep 2009 22:51 in response to waywen

Hello Waywen

I don't know how helpful I can be here but I have bowel cancer unfortunately and my only symptoms were rectal bleeding (and I had haemorrhoids so this masked the symptoms), constipation and thin stools. I used to strain like mad in the morning which I found out later was a significant sign. Your symptoms are quite varied and I didn't experience alot of them. They can do a faecal occult blood test to screen for bowel cancer and if the CT scan is normal, then maybe you can ask for this. I'm sure that now you're under the gynaecologist and having tests that they'll get to the bottom of it. I know the worry and fear you're going through and not knowing is the hard bit, but like you said it could be diverticulitis or something else other than cancer. I'm sure you'll get some answers soon. I'm here for support if you need to talk again. Julie xx

Re: Diverticulosis or Colon Cancer? Please help!

1 Oct 2009 16:46 in response to goldielocks

Thanks Julie,

Sorry to hear that you have bowel cancer but thanks for your helpful words. It has taken me about 3 months of pain before the doctors have finally sat up and taken notice but at least now I am being taken seriously. It's a worrying time though when you are just waiting for answers! I think as soon as I have the cat scan the doctors will be able to see exactly what is causing the blockage. There is definantely some kind of blockage as it's so hard to to have bowel movements but the constipation started long after I could feel the lump. I've read up both on colon cancer and Diverticulosis and they both seem a possibility but I guess we shall see soon enough!

Thanks and will let you know when I get my cat scan done!


Diverticulosis or Colon Cancer? Please help!

24 Jan 2015 16:51 in response to waywen
I know this is a really old post but I suffer with the same symptoms as you, did doctors find out what was wrong? Also really hope your beat this Julie and are well x

Diverticulosis or Colon Cancer? Please help!

24 Jan 2015 17:38 in response to Dani-Louise
Hi Dani-Louise, just seen your post to Julie, and as it is such an old thread, I wondered if it would be better if you contacted the nurses on the forum and talked to them about your symptoms. (Free calls from most landlines.) Or post your symptoms in the Ask the nurses section of the forum? They're back on Monday and it may be a speedier response. Have you been to see your own GP yet? Maybe worth a visit just to get checked out and put your mind at rest. Take care, Jo xx

Diverticulosis or Colon Cancer? Please help!

24 Jan 2015 19:33 in response to Dani-Louise

Hello Dani-Louise,

Welcome to the forum! As Meerkat@65 suggested, because this is an old thread from 5 years ago, you may not get a response. The best thing to do would be for you to either post in Ask the Nurses as has been suggested or, if you want to speak to other members of the community, we also have a Pre-Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms topic area. Feel free to share your story there and to talk about your symptoms if you wish. 

We hope you have a diagnosis soon Dani-Louise!

Best wishes,

Lucie, Cancer Chat Moderator 


Diverticulosis or Colon Cancer? Please help!

25 Jan 2015 01:24 in response to Moderator Lucie
Many thanks for the reply I really appreciate it. I will try that thankyou. Yes I have seen my doctor to many times to be honest for something I wish could be sorted by now. I at my wits end with it, I also have a few other symptoms then this but I have a high white blood count which has been rising over the past year but I get fobed off with antibiotics and it doesn't lower my count just make it rise. I'm just desperately trying to find answers the doctors won't give me, iv been searching Simula symptoms to try find out what could be wrong, which is why I am hear. Many thanks again xxx

Diverticulosis or Colon Cancer? Please help!

8 Feb 2018 09:30 in response to waywen
High. I have diverticular disease and like you, I have terrible abdominal pain, with bleeding from my bottom and intermittent diarrhea and constipation. Poor appetite and I am sleepy all the time and very fatigued. I have had a colonoscopy and this is a Diverticular disease, not cancer. So hope this may give you some comfort. Good luck for your tests and please try not to worry too much as there may be a silver lining to your cloud.

Diverticulosis or Colon Cancer? Please help!

8 Feb 2018 13:57 in response to waywen

Hi , I’ve got diverticulitis, I get a flare up now and then which consists a pain on the left hand side of abdomen, needing to break wind , feels better when you have, constant trips to the toilet, paracetamol can help, try a hot water bottle on the pain area, I sometimes need antibiotics to clear it up, hope this helps

Diverticulosis or Colon Cancer? Please help!

15 May 2019 10:46 in response to Hyacinth01

Can anyone help. Iam awaiting surgical team for an assessment for colonoscopy...

I started with left tenderness and tightness. (6months ago) ints been off and on and now been there 6 weeks and counting. The spasms are awful  (ibs) symtoms get worae when i eat anything. Last night was cphicken and a boiled egg.?? Alot of wind today. My tenderness in the pass 2 weeks had spread to belly on right at front near button area. I feel the nerves are effected left sides as i can feel a bulge there which caused a trapped nerve. Tiny bit better with ice and heat.


Has anyone else every felt the buldges and lumps with divercular??? I am getting lumps which you cant see buy i can feel ..tender to touch and around rib area and tummy...

Ibs is clear - but no blood in stool  but everytime i go

Its little and very pencil like.

Sorry for the essay.

Diverticulosis or Colon Cancer? Please help!

2 Sep 2019 20:35 in response to waywen

Those are my symptoms too. I’ve found it hard to get my doctors to test me. I am awaiting a CT scan!