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Hi,Just wondered if anyone can help. I only just got diagnosed with IBS after a whole load of tests came back normal but what worries me is that I bleed alot with the diarhoea. All the info I have found so far says that this is not normal with IBS, so I'm a bit concerned. Does anyone else have this problem? The blood is usually a very dark red. My doctor says I definately don't have piles but he has no idea where it could be coming from. Any help would be appreciated.Thanks in advance,Hayley
 

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This is usually indicative that something other than IBS can be going on.You say tests came back normal, so I assume that included a colonoscopy? Did they do biopsies? There is a disorder called microscopic colitis that can be missed if they do not do biopsies with the colonoscopy, so that may be something to look into if there is no overt inflamatory issues in the colon on inspection.K.
 

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Hi Hayley,Bleeding is definitely not a symptom of IBS, although some people with IBS also have hemmorhoids and/or fissures that could cause bleeding. I've had rectal bleeding on and off for 25 years because of endometriosis. As far as I know those things aren't serious in the long run and if that's what's going on you deserve to know. A symptom like rectal bleeding should cause your doctor to do everything he/she can to figure out the cause, or refer you to someone who can. If he/she isn't doing that, I'd find another doctor. Now.
 

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Hi all,Thanks for your replies. I am still seeing a specialist and am due to see him again in October which is quite a while away I know but as the bleeding has been going on for ages I can wait til then. Can I ask Kmottus what microscopic colitis is? I had a colonoscopy done a few weeks back and was told it was completely normal so they didn't do any biopsies, I've never heard of microscopic colitis though.Thanks again,Hayley
 

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Hayley,to be honest I think your doctor is being quite negligent in dismissing this bleeding.October is also a long time to wait for a specialists appointment.I think you need to get this checked out sooner for peace of mind.Why not go back to GP and ask if you can be referred more quickly.Take care,Bobbie
 

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Don't wait until October! Darker red blood usually indicates bleeding from higher up. Blood from "piles" is usually brighter red. If your doctor won't address it, call another doctor! It is not normal for IBS.
 

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Millicent, I'm wondering, if your colonoscopy andother tests came back normal could it be thatit isn't actually blood that you are seeing? Somemeds can cause your stools to be a differentcolor and anything with red dye or beets can appear like blood in the stool. If you had allthe proper tests and biopsys it should have shownany major problems. I had a polyp in the rectumand that bled a lot so I had it removed and nowI have no blood at all. Ask your doctor to seeyour colonoscopy reports and pictures too, somedoctors fail to tell their patients if theydo find internal hemms etc. which can bleed also.Either way, find another gastro doc who will seeyou sooner, you can still keep the October apptwith the other one too. I saw two different gastrodr's till I found one that I liked. Good luck toyou, let us know what you find out.
 

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Hayley,I would not ignore these symptoms as well. Who did your colonoscopy and how long ago was it done. How long have you had the bleeding? Do you notice that you have more at times of stress? I would get another opinion and I am curious to know exactly what tests you have had done, i.e. cat scan, endoscope, liver enzyme workup and other blood work.Please forgive my sense of urgency and enouraging you to pursure this and to be persistant with your Dr. and health ins. provider.I have a friend who has complications now because she had bleeding that was ignored and ignored and written off to something else.If the bleeding is caused from something benign which can be possible you at least have to know for sure what is causing it.
 

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Hi again,Thanks for the replies. Tests I've had done are proctoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, stool samples, & blood tests. My colonoscopy was done about a month ago. The bleeding has been going on for about a year on and off, there is no pattern with it and it isn't made worse by stress. My doctor said I have no haemmoroids at all which surprised him. My appointment with the bowel specialist in October is the quickest I can see someone. I live in the UK and you often do wait a long time to see specialists. Unfortunately it's just the way it is. I saw a doctor on Monday (not my usual GP) and he said I have IBS, he asked if I have bleeding and I said I did. Then that was the end of the discussion. He was so rude to me that I am now nervous to go back and ask for another opinion. I just don't know what to do for the best.I really appreciate all of you replying to me and offering advice, I can't tell you what it means to finally have some support.Thankyou,Hayley
 

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Hi everyone..I am brand new here today, and so happy to find a whole lot of people that share my problems. Millicent - hi to you... I'm sorry that doctor was so rude to you; I certainly know how it feels to be fobbed off - usually because they don't have the answer, and can't admit it.I have occasional bleeding as well, with diarrhea.I would suggest that you become a very squeaky wheel if possible. I know its hard, but hey, this is your life the docs are messing with, and the more fuss you make, the more attention you'll get.
 

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My first sign that something was wrong with me was heavy,fresh bleeding in November which was followed up by intense pain and constipation in following months. I sometimes can see small amounts of blood in my stool. Blood is usually found during times of the most intense pain (the kind that makes you feel like you have aliens living inside you). A colonoscapy also showed a healthy colon, and a upper GI found no problems either. My doctor told me that my colon was probably squeezing so hard that it causes bleeding. Does anyone know if this could be a possible explaination?I've stopped going to the doctor. I'm a student with crappy (no pun intended) insurance and just these procuderes left me owing thousands of dollars
I am pretty sure that I do have irritable bowl, in the days in was really bad I could see in fluttering through my skin. I would also get a single, itchy hive above the fluttering spot. Has anyone experience this?The disease still gets me sometimes but I have found that by avoiding carbs (this works for me) and talking supplements I am able to control it except after a few days of constipation (this is usually when I lapse in taking my supplements). The supplements that have worked for me: peppermint capsules, alfalfa capsules, aloe vera juice (this is so yucky but I find if I drink it it halts intense pain), flax seed oil, and digestive enzymes. This may seem like a lot, but I am almost back to myself after the disease had degraded me until I was eating almost nothing and barely had the energy to stand up.
 
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