Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Digestive Health Support Forum banner
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
G

·
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi! I have been having the problem of blood in my stools for the last 4-5 years off and on. When I first noticed, I went to a Gastroenterologist and he had done an endoscopy. He had found a small ulcer in the lower colon but no malignancy and treated with suppositories etc. The blood in stools never totally disappeared but was considerable reduced. After a while, he stopped the medication and asked me to ignore it, it was possibly caused by certain types of food and would heal over time. He termed it as non specific irritable bowl syndrome.I was free from it for a while bit it has relapsed since last 6 months. Every day I see fresh, bright red blood on the toilet paper and streaks the stools. Some times, even after I have emptied the bowl in the morning, later in the day, I get an urge to go to the toilet and find only a small amount of mucous and fresh, bright red blood being emptied. Other than this, there is no other discomfort like pain or any other sensation. I have no constipation or diarrhoea but have to empty my bowl 2-3 times a day. Even In the morning when I get up, I have to empty the bowl two times, with in a short span of time, it does not empty in one go.My questions are:1. Has any one had a similar problem? Is this IBS? 2. or is the bleeding due to haemorrhoids (fresh, bright red coloured blood)3. Is stress or a particular type of food causing it?4. Any suggestions for treatment?I would appreciate any sharing of knowledge.Thanks
 
G

·
Discussion Starter · #2 ·
I would go see another specialist about this. One that deals with Colon and Rectal surgery. Where do you live? Do you live near a major city. I live near New Orleans and I will use one of those specialists if my H********* get too bad; but for now, I have them under control. I am no doctor but it sounds to me like you need a colonoscopy to find the source of your problem. No bleeding is ever normal although once; I bled out the rectum years ago after leaving the convent and the doctor said that I was so stressed out that the stress had to go somewhere. It finally quit.But look, you need some help, now; go to your GP or whatever your procedure is and get the right help! We have to fight hard for our own bodies these days. Please, be strong and get the help that you really need. We won't know if you have IBS or not without proper evaluations.AMF (welcome to this BB; it really is great)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,380 Posts
have you tried to get a second opinion? Streaky blood or bright red blood, I've been told, either means hemerrhoids or bleeding somewhere low in the colon. It has only happened to me once, they said it was a hemerroid, and it never happened again. Since yours has been going on for so long, you either have some truly stubborn 'roids, or some serious problem with your colon, I recommend demanding a second opinion. then again when it comes to blood, I can be pretty paranoid.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,194 Posts
Hi pnidamarty! Well, my experience with the "blood" is limited at best but my husband was going through a similar experience awhile back. He was having actually quite a lot of blood with his stools. He went through the colonoscopy exam and they found nothing. Our doctor didn't really "expect" to find anything - he was pretty certain it was nothing to be concerned about. We were told that if the blood is "red" as opposed to a "dark" "blackish" colour, then it indicates the blood is NOT coming from way up inside - this would indicate bleeding near the end of the bowel movement, straining during the bowel movement could tear you or hemmorhoids bleed too. So, if your blood is red in colour you probably have nothing to worry about. Still, keep your doctor regularly "up to date" on your problem and watch for any changes.. it is always good to keep "tabs" on things...I've bled on occasion too by the way - I have hemmorhoids, definitely not from straining, since I have "D". I find my blood is more from the constant wiping than anything else...
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Top