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scaredyben
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   Posted 7/6/2009 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys... Ive been searching for Forum sites about health problems just like what im experiencing now until ive seen this site.. yay!! :)
Well let's get started... It started in the fist week of february.. I used to walk to go to work ( because i dont have a license yet XD im 20 y.o) before i leave to go to work i have a bowel movement ( as far as i can remember i have a soft, liquidy stool that day) it was 9:30 am when i leave (it took me 30 min to walk to work). It was summer time and its so hot!!! ( it was 45 deg celsius aw! XD) Then suddenly i got an itchy a**. I just ignored it and continued walking.. When i got to work i go immediately to the john and wiped myself and was pretty shocked from what i saw.. BLOOD! it's a bright red blood in the toilet paper. I was so worried that time of what might causing these. Then after that incident not often but sometimes i bleed after a BM. Not immediately after having a Bm but a while later ( like yeah i'm having a BM now and assuming i will bleed later after having a long walk) . I decided to have this checked and go into a bulk-billing clinic (it's the month of april) and explained the doctor about my symptoms. He did an rectal examination and he said he said that i dont have hemorrhoids. He then ordered me to have a blood work ( to be specific the tests that is done with my blood is FBE,ESR,CRP and LFT). It was at least 20 days later when i finally got to see a specialist ( which my consulting doctor referred me to).He said my blood work is all normal. He performed a "rigid sigmoidoscopy" to me.. it was like he inserted a lighted long tube in my a** . He checked at least 20 cm from my a** (thats as far as he can go) and after that he mentioned he found a little hemorrhoid and its not prolapsing.. He said that i dont have to worry and just add more fiber in my diet. After that, in the month of may im starting to feel constant tiredness (it doesnt go away), I always sleep late at night and sometimes lacking of sleep but im not sure if this is the cause,\. And now the month of june till now ive seen that there's blood in my stool ( only small amount in a portion of my stool). Im so scared because of this because im only having rectal bleeding and now it was mixed (a little) in the stool. And plus, my constant tiredness. Im going to a doctor again to check this out. just for information i dont have any family history of colorectal cancer or polyps. Im so worried of what might happening to me.. Im looking forward for your response so we can talk about my situation. I feel so alone ( i dont really got support from my family about this :( ) Im only 20 y.o. to have some nasty thing like "C"

Thanks,

"Scared" ben

Nanners
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   Posted 7/6/2009 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ben,

And welcome to Healingwell. When its is bright red blood it is generally from hemmoroids. If it was darker blood, I would be concerned that it was coming from higher up in the system. Even us who have diseased intestines, have the occasional bright red blood. Are your stool really hard to pass? Sometimes when you push hard it can cause the hemi's to bleed. If you are still concerned go back to your doctors and have a colonoscopy run, thats one of the best tests to diagnose Crohns.

Also, could you try not to use curse words, we have younger folks who post/read here so we try to avoid using words like that here.

Hope you get your health figured out.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
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scaredyben
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   Posted 7/6/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your post nanner's!!

Ive been just so worried bout whats happening to me now cause it never happen to me. I'm goin again to the doctor's office tomorrow and I was about to beg them to do a colonoscopy for me because most of them say that colonoscopy is not really necessary because of my age.

Hope i get through with this :)

scaredyben
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   Posted 7/6/2009 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh and by the way during the time when my symptoms my first appears i dont really have problems in my BM. But as time goes by i cant really tell that i'm constipated because im having BM at least 3 or more times a week but ive noticed that my stool is getting harder but its size is normal and i see a small portion of blood that look like it was "sticked" on it. ( sorry for the gross definition)

Nanners
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   Posted 7/6/2009 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Kinda sounds like your hard stool could be tearing into the hemmoroids and causing them to bleed. I use stool softners because I suffer with more constipation than I do the usual diarrhea that most with Crohns do. If I don't use them everyday, my stools get too hard to pass and I get pain like crazy. Good luck on your doctor visit.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

scaredyben
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   Posted 7/6/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks nanners,

I will try stool softeners too and lets see what happen's :) And also ive mentioned to the doctor(but doesnt payed attention to it) that sometimes when im having a soft rather loose stool i can see some tiny black dots along with it... but i think it was just the grains from the bread that i eat every morning (fiber bread) but im not really sure if it was really that now that im noticing that its still there even though i havent eat the "bread" for days.. dont know what is that ..

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 7/6/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Its time for an occult fecal test, another blood draw for anemia, inflammation, nutritional levels (B12, etc.). AND a colonoscopy. Age is no prevention of cancer, Crohn's, etc. etc. The doctor might prefer to play the odds but it is YOUR life!
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ivy6
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   Posted 7/6/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Ben, it sounds as if you're in Australia to me. Are you in the city, or the country?

As far as bulk billing clinics go, my experience is that they are ok for minor problems, but NOT ok for people with complex or underlying health issues. I really think it would be worth your while to book yourself in to see a non-bulk billing g.p. (you might get a concession if you have a health care card) and, when you book, please ask for a *longer appointment*. This will give your doctor time to thoroughly discuss your concerns without trying to shove you out the door.

I also think it would be good if you wrote, in dot points, a list of your problems:
* red blood
* blood in stool? maybe???
* constipation
* fatigue

to give to your doctor, and maybe even add a list of the things you're worried about. You sound very stressed, and I think it's important that your doctors talk to you and do what they can - and run the tests they need to - to set your mind at ease.

Lastly, please do try not to stress. There are a number of potential causes for rectal bleeding, and cancer is way down the list. You are doing the right thing in getting yourself checked out.

All the very best to you... and again, please try not to worry too much.

Ivy.
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scaredyben
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   Posted 7/6/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your posts!

yes ivy im in australia and im in geelong city, yeap my symptoms include bright red blood in the stool and constant tiredness. Yeah i will try to go into some other health offices, and yes im pretty stressed and extremely worried about hat's happening to me..

Hope i get through with this!

Ben

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   Posted 7/7/2009 4:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm going to say Hemmies. I think that you need some stool softeners first and if that doesn't helpthen go back to the doctor.
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ivy6
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   Posted 7/7/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Geelong's good. I was worrying you were in Rainbow or Nhill or Outer Woop Woop or somewhere like that, where you'd have very few doctors and very little choice.

There's no harm in seeking a second opinion, especially if you go there saying you're worried about cancer etc and just need to have your mind put at ease. Maybe you could try the stool softeners, extra fibre etc, just as the doctors and other members here have suggested, and then go to see the doctor in another few weeks if you're still experiencing problems?

You have a good chance of getting proper treatment in Geelong, what with your own university and (albeit new) clinical school, and Melbourne just down the road. Try not to worry too much.

Ivy.

ps. Could you tell us more about your tiredness? How are you sleeping? Do you ache? Do any activities make the fatigue worse? Does exercise help it?
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scaredyben
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   Posted 7/7/2009 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello ivy,

yeap im changing my diet now (adding fiber and lots and lots of fluids) i have just got another blood drawn yesterday and goin to have an abdominal x-ray tom. My tiredness just wont go away but sometimes its ok sometimes its worse. Im just new here in australia (1 year) and I came from an asian country :) i never had this problems all my life in my country i just been experiencing these. maybe because of the weather? (coz its always above 30 deg celsius in my country) and since ive been here i think ive changed my lifestyle to sedentary (coz no friends here to go out with and yeah the cold weather) but now im in school and part time job so yeah at least i have some daily routine to keep me working.

I hate to admit it but I have a bad sleeping habits (always sleep late) I dont know if this could contribute in my tiredness. exercising seems to help as it eases me a little..

ivy6
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   Posted 7/8/2009 1:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Now *that's* interesting. There are quite a few people, here and on the ulcerative colitis board, who say that their symptoms lessened whenever they were on holiday in Asia. So, Ben, you're not imagining things: you really could be onto something there.

I'm glad to hear you're getting an x-ray tomorrow. That should give you and the doctors a clearer idea of what's going on inside you. Have you noticed any great changes from your increased fibre intake? Have you had extra abdominal pain, for instance?

I feel for you with your climate shock. This has been a very bleak winter - you must be finding it very hard to adjust.

Is Deakin treating you well, and making allowances for your fatigue?

Ivy.
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scaredyben
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   Posted 7/8/2009 4:04 AM (GMT -7)   
hi ivy6,

yes im going to have an x-ray tomorrow. As far as i can remember when i take a more increased in fiber diet, passing stool becomes a heap easier (like more soft or loose stool) and i remember that when im having that "good" type of stool i saw somewhat black tiny dots mixed with it. (not really sure of what it is). Whats really my concern now is having a little blood in my stool and my tiredness. That thing keeps on making me think that maybe I got something nasty... :(

Thanks,

Ben

Oh about my school, im now in holidays so im very happy for it, i will try to talk to the student council about some allowances for my fatigue :)
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