Well, I had a sigmoidoscopy yesterday and the initial finding (it was not completed) was proctitis and rectal bleeding. I was apparently actively bleeding a bit during the exam, and the internist said there was no need to scope the rest since I need a referral to a gastroenterologist.There was blood on the table afterward, which kinda scared me. She said that I at least had proctitis, but maybe more going on also that she could not see further up.So, does this finding rule out IBS or could I also have IBS as a component?I am starting on an anti-inflammatory called mesalamine twice a day. It seems to have already cut down on the bleeding, and I started it only last night.I see the GI doc early next week. My doc said they may need to do a biopsy as well. Anyone had experience with this- how are biopsies done ?I don't think I am having a biopsy at my 1st appt. next week, since they told me I could eat anything- and there is no prep. I am so glad- because it is nice to eat real food again.I have to say, the "turns" in the sigmoidoscopy were almost unbearable! I am glad she stopped the exam half way. What a wimp I turned out to be. Heh heh.Thanks to anyone who can answer my questions.