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Hi There,I am new here and welcome any and all input. I to have the gurgling and lower and upper right abdominal pains. I was diagnosed with IBS about 3 years ago.I have had a rigid sigmoidoscopy twice. I have had a barium enema and all was clear. The enema was about 4 months ago and the sigmoid was the small one and was bout 3 weeks ago. I then ended up in emergancy because when I went to the washroom one morning about 2 weeks ago, it was rather explosive. I went to wipe my butt and the tissue was covered with blood. The head of the emergancy department told me to relax, and that I had blowen a hemmeriod open. What a fright!!I have not seen any blood before or since that episode.The one thing that keeps me uptight and on antidepressants is the fact that over the years my stool constancies have been irregular. I will have bad bouts of D and then I will have flat stools and sometimes I will have long fairly bulky stools. Very seldom to never do I have a perfectly round shaped stool. A lot of the time my bowel movements contain mucus. YUCK!!This worrys me despite the fact that both the doctor and the specialist tell me that it is IBS and nothing more. They say that I do not need a colonoscopy, and that if there was anything there it would have shown up on the barium enema or on the small scope in the surgeons office. It consumes my mind day and night. It is like an obsession of late.Does anyone else have the symptoms? Can anyone help me?Thanks,Joe
 

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Hi,I'm new here as well.I can imagine how scared you were seeing all that blood. I was so constipated once I felt it tear and the next day I saw a teeny amount of blood and it IS scary to have that coming from inside you. Eeeeeeek!I also have the flat stool and that's very scary as well. If it's not flat, it's pellets. And now I've gotten to the point that I have to strain to get the pellets out. And I've just started noticing the mucous too. But the flat stool prompted me to get a colonoscopy but everything was okay.
 

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hii am new to this group too. im sure that would be scary to see all of that blood. my mother in law has that problem but she is takin a drug to thin her blood. really scary.i have had the same problem for as many years as i can remember. always cronic constipation and then after quite a few days eliminaion at last.a few years ago i decided to try some natural remedies which at first worked and then one morning i woke up and the problem was the worst than it had ever been. my husband had is colon removed several years ago because of ucerative colitus which he had for about 26 years. i knew he was in pain but i never really knew.6 years ago my daughter was murdered for her baby which i think was the time that the worst part of this illness sparked. im on antidepressents and lorazapam for my anxiety. the funny thing is the doctor tells me the only way to get over this is to calm my stress. :} he did the colonoscopy which was fine then talked about other things which is could be that food adjustments would help as well as zelnorm. nothing has really helped. i feel horrible....and i cant i care for my grandson and i feel as if i am letting him down as well as my husband.thanks for writing i know i am not crazygrandma v
 

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Hi, I can relate to being obsessed about it. My stools vary from green explosive liquid, to hard little balls, to these pencil thin thingies that look like someone put my poo through a play-dough machine. This can happen all in the same week....and a few times, in the same DAY.I obsess mainly over my pain. Even if it's a little twinge, I cannot just let it go and chauk it up to IBS. I have had every test, blood test, tube thru every hole in my body, and I always turn up fine. It's "just" IBS. What I cannot wrap my mind around is the fact that an illness that hurts so much and causes so much anguish is deemed medically "harmless". I realize that obsessing over it can make the pain worse. Obsessing over it can make IBS as a whole worse (which explains the change in stools of course). But how do you "not worry"? I am on Effexor for generalized anxiety and fibromyalgia....but the tummy symptoms are a constant. Sometimes I wonder if I obsess over my stool/IBS as a cover up to not think about the other problems in my life that are too painful to think about?
Anyway, you're not alone and again it sure is nice to be amongst people that care and understand.
 
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