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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/8/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 38 year old mom of six.  I have been having bright red blood in my stool for about a year now. Lately, the stool has been streaked almost daily. Now, the next issue is that whenever I eat I have to run to the bathroom in under 10 minutes with the runs.  In between the running to the bathroom I may have formed stool but it is tiny pencil like and always streaked with blood.  I have horrible smelly gas and my stomach is always gurgling.
I am scared that I may have something very serious going on here so I made an appointment with a GI.  After describing my symptoms I was given an appointment and told to do 2 fleet enemas an hour before so a probe can be done.
What kind of probe?  Is this going to hurt?  I looked at various symptoms for different bowel issues and I am afraid I have them all.
Does anyone have any of these symptoms?  Or have an idea what kind of probe this will be?

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 4/8/2009 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like a sig scope (sorry, I can't spell out the full, proper name). Whereas a colonoscopy scope goes well up into your large colon, the sig just barely goes inside. It's not supposed to hurt, although if you feel that you will be overly nervous, ask your doctor for a valium or something similar to relax you (make sure someone can drive you home).

Your doctor is undoubtably looking for internal hemmroids, which are the number one cause of bright red blood in your stools (the other main culprit is some sort of fissure, but there's usually a LOT of pain associated with that, and not necessarily any pain with the hemmies). It's not that common for them to bleed as much as you describe, however, so he may be looking in there to see if any of them need surgery or a little cauterization (both of which will be done when you're knocked out). If they are much swollen, that may also be the source of the pencil poo.

However, hemmroids will not cause diarrhea or smelly gas, so that's a separate issue. Of course, your doctor is going to handle things one at a time, but ask him about a breathalyzer test to check for bad bacteria in your gut. Bad bacteria (aka a bacteria imbalance or bacterial overgrowth) can cause diarrhea and is especially bad to cause really stinky gas. It's usually treated with some sort of antibiotic, followed by probiotics. Depending on what kind you have, though, it can be difficult to get rid of and might take several courses of antibiotics and probiotics to get straightned out.

You might also look into food allergies; there are tests for those, but they're not 100% reliable. Most people do just as well keeping a food and gut journal and putting two-and-two together when they eat something that then makes them sick.

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/8/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Wow, thanks for the info.  Perhaps I do have tons of bacteria.  I have had 5 c-sections with tons of scarring...I wonder if the scarring is causing some sort of blockage?  Maybe that is making the pencil poo.  I also, have had a craving for corn starch out of the box for the past 4 years.  It is possible that that goop has caused some sort of bacteria growth. 

The only other thing is they told me to take the 2 enemas 1 hour before arrival, but I live an hour away from the Drs. office.  How will that work?  Does anyone know how long it takes the enema to work?  And will the enema make me go over and over?

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