Hi again guys, I have a question, it’s scaring me and I don’t know what to do about it but for the last five days or so ive been finding blood in the toilet. I was wondering if any one else has this, and if you do or even if you don’t, what you think it could possibly be cased from/due to? Because its pretty scary.
I used to get little spots of blood on the toilet paper because I developed a hemorrhoid after having so many frequent BMs, but this blood is different. At first I thought it was related to my period but that’s been over for days and there’s still blood there. It falls into the bowl and colours the water (sorry to be so graphic!), and when it falls directly onto the white bits of the toilet its DEFINITELY blood, not weird coloured stools or anything. When I wipe there is A LOT more blood than there was when it was from my hemorrhoid.
I was just wondering what I should do, and what type of doctor I should see,(a gastro or a normal doc) and if any one else has had this problem before??
A worried Phoebe
Post Edited (7Lil) : 10/3/2005 3:27:28 PM (GMT-6)
hehe ohh ok it its just lots of D then I can handle that! Its the story of my life!;)
i will go and see my normal GP doc first, because he's just down the road and can usually see me on the same day I call. He's referred my to a gastroenterologist but i havent been to see him yet because i dont know where the surgery is and im really bad at finding my way to places when i dont know where im going! Almost crashed into someone yesterday driving my friends to the airport because i was concentratnig too hard on the signs! Aaaanyway, I hope they find out what it is, even if it means me getting a camera put inside my bottom and moved about!
Hi again guys, just got back from the doctor. Turns out I should have made an appointment with the gastroenterologist. The Dr told me to make an appointment ASAP and that it is ‘extremely urgent’, he said to tell the surgery I need attention straight away, so I told them that and they’ve kindly squeezed me into a doctor’s lunch hour next Tuesday, a week from now. The doc I saw today says it sounds like I have an infection quite high up in my system somewhere, because the blood is sort of mucousy, sort of like menstrual blood and quite dark.
I’m pretty scared about what it might be but trying not to think about it, and also the fact that I’ll probably have to have a colonoscopy. What does the prep involve? Do you just take a tablet that makes you have lots of diahorrea? How long do you have to fast for? I am so full of questions!
Also I was wondering if anyone else out there has had an infection and if they know what cases them? My body is such a mystery to me!
Thanks again for all the support guys, I'm looking forward to getting myself figured out.
Phoebe, don't jump the gun just yet. I understand though, it is too easy for us to fear the worse case scenario. Your boyfriend is right... stop scaring yourself.
However, if your doc said it was "extremely urgent" then I am wondering why you are having to wait a week for your appointment. Wouldn't going to Urgent Care (or the ER) be a better plan for you? Or at least seeing a different doc that can fit you in right away?
Hang in there and keep us posted.
Phoebe, yes, there are a million and one things it could be, and the likelihood that it is cancer in someone your age is pretty low! Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis) usually tops the list for bloody diarrhea in otherwise healthy Caucasian folks; if you've traveled abroad recently, it could be dysentery from a parasite or bacterial infection. Either of these options is enormously more likely than colon/stomach cancer for a 19-year-old. Anyway, the waiting is the worst part and everyone knows how that feels. Have you checked out the Crohn's forum? They, like the ever-supportive IBSers on this forum, have a lot of information to share and a lot of support to offer.
I know how freaky it is to stand up and notice cupfuls of blood in the toilet. If you start feeling really dizzy or weak and you're bleeding profusely, just go to the ER - better safe than sorry!