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22 year old male , sedentary lifestyle , difficulty passing

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I am a 22 year old male. I have a sedentary lifestyle. I had difficulty passing stool for about 6 weeks because I felt there was some obstruction in my rectum or anus and I always felt a heaviness in my anus and rectum. I went to my doctor and she ordered a Barium Enema. I had the enema. For some reason, that cured me of my problem, for about 6 weeks. Then the same problem has started again. I have to go to the bathroom around 10 times a day. The enema result came out normal.

There is a difference this time. My stool is thinner. I started running regularly and that solved the problem of the heaviness, but now I feel some kind of tingling like feeling above my left butt. I have an appointment with a specialist in about 6 weeks but I can't wait that long for an answer because I fear I may have cancer.

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replied September 25th, 2010
Colon Cancer Answer A16306
Part of the answer to your question may be contained in the information that you have provided. If exercise has already improved your bowel habits, then more frequent/regular exercise may offer further benefit (in addition to more fiber and more water in your diet).

As I am not involved in your medical care, I cannot tell you if you have cancer or not. However, if your barium enema was completely normal, then it is, at least, unlikely that you have a large colon or rectal tumor that is interfering with your bowel movements.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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