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tanadd
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   Posted 12/21/2005 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
 

Post Edited (tanadd) : 12/21/2005 5:03:39 PM (GMT-7)


Keriamon
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   Posted 12/21/2005 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Mucous is very common among people with IBS, as is gas, gas cramps and the feeling of "incomplete evacuation." However, blood is not at all associated with IBS and usually points to something more serious (like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's). But the fact that you haven't lost weight or your appetite makes this sound less serious. Usually when someone gets sick with anything serious those are the first to things to go. Even IBSers frequently lose weight and appetites as they get sick to their stomachs due to pain, diarrhea and cramping.

Which means you could have something serious that's just presenting weirdly OR that's not really blood in your stool OR it is blood, but just from hemmroids. (The last two being much more probable.) Are you drinking or eating anything red on a regular basis? I have found that when I have diarrhea especially, it is very red after drinking Kool-Aid. You mention you are taking herbal supplements. They may be coloring your stools. Pepto Bismol, for one, will make your stools dark/black, so I wouldn't put it past other medicines to color your stools or even your mucous. If there is a contact number on the website or on your bottle, call them and see if stool discoloration is a known side affect.

The thing about blood in the intestines is that it *usually* comes out a very dark color, often more black than anything. However, blood from internal and/or external hemmroids will come out bright red because it doesn't stay in the intestinal tract long enough to darken. That yours is sometimes orange in color really would make me think something is coloring your stools, but it's not blood. I don't think I've heard of orange-colored blood, but I'm no medical professional.

Make sure you keep your doctors' appointements this time. You can't find out what's wrong if you never ask anyone! They can check your rectum for blood and hemmies and they can take a stool sample to check for blood in your stool. They can also take your blood to see if you are showing signs of being anemic (i.e. bleeding out internally). None of these tests takes forever to get a result back. The stool sample is probably the longest, and I think it takes up to three days after sending it in. The other two are types of bloodwork, and they often turn around the very next day (or faster if the doctor thinks it's an emergency) unless they are testing you for really weird things. But a simple check of your white count is a quickie. If they don't show that you are bleeding out anywhere, then you should be able to safely chock it up to IBS and colorful poo. You may want further testing (colonoscopy) to rule out Crohn's or U.C., but that's really up to you and your doctors. Given that this is your only complaint, and provided that you aren't pooping blood, you sound like you have a realitively mild case of IBS (people with UC and Crohn's are usually very sick and in a lot of pain when they get a flare-up). I know it doesn't feel mild to you! but I really don't think you should worry yourself sick about this. Just see a doctor and put your mind at rest.

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   Posted 12/21/2005 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi tanadd, welcome to the site! :-)
What Keri says is right... your symptoms seem to be pointing to IBS. Except for the blood. Could it be from hemmies caused by constipation and/or straining?
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tanadd
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   Posted 12/21/2005 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   

I can't begin to thank you enough for responding to my post.  It is very reassuring to hear what you both have said about it being IBS, however what is weird about my problem is that all around I feel OK...I have some slight cramping in my lower intestines, but not anything that is debilitating.  But when I "go" in the bathroom it comes out normal color and normal shape, but then after that comes out then this blob of mucous comes out with it...so its not actually the feces or "poo" that is colored, its just mucous....maybe I have internal hemeroids???  I have never really had a big issue with anything like this and I chocked it up to being maybe a small intestinal bug until it came back after a week of it being away...that's why the cancellation of the DR's...I didn't think it would last this long.  I did notice that it seems to be worse after I eat red meat...wonder if that has anything to do with it...

Just the thought of going to the Doctors to have my butt checked out is Freaking me out...I am so nervous about it being Chrone's (spelling) or UC...but my symptoms are too mild I think for that..


Post Edited (tanadd) : 12/21/2005 5:04:12 PM (GMT-7)


7Lil
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   Posted 12/21/2005 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't worry about IBD. Usually people with IBD have lots of pain, blood and/or diarrhea. Your symptoms seem like classic IBS (except for the blood). Maybe you do have internal hemeroids. The doc will be able to tell you fairly quickly (I think). Don't worry about getting your butt checked out..... docs are used to it.

BTW - What happened to your post?
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tanadd
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   Posted 12/21/2005 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried to post a reply and forgot to click the box for the replies to notify me, and now my post is gone..weird...I hope it is good news or atleast better news that what my imagination can lead to.

Keriamon
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   Posted 12/22/2005 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I picked a female G.I. to go to the last time, since I was afraid there might be anal checking involved (there was). Of course I refuse to see a male gyn; I'm just prudish that way. It's not like you have to stick yoru butt up in the air or anything; I laid down on my side. All she did was put on a glove, put a little KY on it and just touch my rectum. No probing or anything like that. The nurse told me that the dr would smear what was on the glove on a card and they check that for occult (non-visible) blood. If you have external hemmroids, the dr will be able to see them at this point. I don't know if they can check for internal hemmies short of using a small scope there in the office. They found that I had some when they did my colonoscopy, but they've never bothered me or anything. After a long bout of constipation I might get a little blood on the TP, but that's all. I'm guessing mine aren't severe. I wonder, do they ever go away, or do you have them forever?

tanadd
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   Posted 12/22/2005 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Well...I went to the PCP this morning and she thinks it may be Chrones Disease or UC....She sent me home with a CHristmas Present...a self testing stool kit...in which I was already able to use it and drop it off already.
She is making me an appointment with the GI Dr. and setting up a Colonoscopy...Gosh guys...this already seems so unfair....I am so nervous now...I keep thinking "wow,,,this may be a lifelong thing"...how am I going to be able to handle this?
I hope maybe that it may be something else that can be cured with a pill...but usually my luck isn't so good....She thinks because I have psoriasis that it is a good chance my body is attacking itself in my colon area..Oh well...just thought I would share my news

7Lil
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   Posted 12/22/2005 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh tanadd, I'm sorry. Try not to worry yourself sick over this until you know for sure. Have you visited the UC and/or Crohn's board? They are super nice over there and I'm sure they'll answer any questions you might have.
Of course we hope you have "just IBS" and stay here with us. Think positive! Please keep posting and definitely keep us updated with what the GI says.
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