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AmyJay
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   Posted 4/6/2009 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I have always assumed I have had IBS at least during my periods. It is not uncommon for me to have a large bowel movement followed my soft loose stools.

However, for the past couple of weeks I have been very constipated. After going to the bathroom they were very large and hard and I could feel a dull pain after going for an hour or so it kind of hurt to sit (not bad just dull).

A couple of days ago I had another large movement and I almost felt a feeling of being cut after going there was a little blood on the end of my stool. There was no more than a couple of pale red marks on my toilet paper. However, if I pushed a little I could get more on, but nothing even close to a drop of blood...only a little streak (maybe the size of a pencil mark). I assumed this was an anal fissure or a hemorrhoid.

The blood has not happed again and the pain is acutally starting to go away b/c I uped my water and fiber and used prep-H. However right now I am on my period, after my morning bowel movement I have another bowel movement with a bunch of narrow stools (maybe 1 inch). It always goes back to normal the next day (more snake like 2ish inches).

Has anyone had anything like this?
I am getting checked out at the end of the month during my annual visit.
I am just wondering if this sounds like 2 issues (anal fissures/hemmies AND IBS) or if it is one thing that may be cancer or something.

I hate when you look up the symptoms it comes up with cancer! That only makes the anxiety and lose stools worse. FYI I am 25. Thanks for the help!

Keriamon
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   Posted 4/6/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay, let me relieve your mind.  Colon cancer in someone that is 25 years old is very, very, very rare.  Add in another "very" if it doesn't run in your family.  Everything else that could be wrong with your bowels is 2-20x more likely to occur than cancer.  IBS is, in fact, found in something like 1 in 5 women now.  Or was it 1 in 3?  It is the most common bowel problem. 
 
Most women get some sort of bowel problem in connection with their periods; that's a normal side effect of having a period, same as cramping, bloating, and mood swings.  Most people won't even call that IBS, since it's obviously a period-related problem.  IBS is typically something that is more or less constant and typically gets even worse when you have your period.   
 
Some ladies on here have found that their symptoms were actually WORSE while on the pill, while some other forms of birth control can actually lessen the symptoms.  If you are on the pill, talk to your doctor about trying something else.  Even trying a different kind of pill might help with the bowel problems around your period (along with any other period-related problems you might have). 
 
As for the blood and dull pain, that's from straining too hard to pass a stool.  Before my gall bladder went bad, I had trouble with constipation off and on all my life, so trust me, I know what it feels like to hurt for hours after passing a really hard stool, or having a bit of blood on the toilet paper from a small tissue tear (I don't think that even qualifies as an anal fissure).  I also know from having a colonoscopy that I have internal hemmroids, and those are undoubtably what tears when I have too hard or too large a bowel movement.  So nothing to worry about so long as you only notice the blood after a bout of constipation, and it's a small amount, and doesn't come out when you're not having a poop, and it's very bright red. 
 
 

AmyJay
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   Posted 4/6/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I do not have a history of it in my family, but hey the internet can scare a girl. :)
I was actually pretty sure it was a hemmroid or fissure because I felt a sharp pain then just a TINY bit of blood on the toilet paper and about a dime spot at the end of my (rather large) stool. And when I touched the toilet paper to my butt it was a little sore. The blood has never happened again.

I just got worried when I saw the narrow stools that were about 1 inch around. It was very round....however normal bowel movement returned the next day but about 20min later came a couple of the narrow pieces.

I don't know if this is right or not, but I read that if it is cancer it can't just go away so they bowel movements will stay ribbon or narrow? Is this true?

Also, is 1 inch really that narrow? or is that just the small end of normal. Like I said again they only follow a larger bowel movement, never on their own.

Sorry for the detail, but hey I just want to know what is going on. :)

Keriamon
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   Posted 4/6/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
A lot of people on here have narrow, "pencil" poo. I don't know if anyone knows what causes it, but that's a normal part of IBS/gut distress. And plenty of people have those kinds of stools frequently, if not all the time. That's not exclusively a sign of cancer (and not all people with cancer will have that kind of stool).

jeanneac
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   Posted 5/11/2009 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I get those narrow stools too when my stomach is acting up. It can be in the same bm with other stools that are much wider. I guess that is part of IBS. I also have IBD and wonder if the inflammation causes this as well.
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta

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