With as much blood as you're describing, it's a good idea to get yourself seen either at an urgent care clinic or the ER if you haven't experienced this before. There could be many reasons that you have bloody stools, like inflammatory bowel disease or even just hemorrhoids, but you need to get it checked out by a doctor. It would be helpful for the doctor if you wrote out a list of the symptoms you're experiencing and how long you've had them. Have you had any diarrhea or pain at all?
Hi Katelynn,As Nathan is a regular on the UC board I feel compelled to answer this for you (in case he doesn't reappear here soon)...UC is Ulcerative Colitis, a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (aka IBD). Here's an exert from the mayo clinic website:
More than 500,000 Americans have ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract.
Like Crohn's disease, another common IBD, ulcerative colitis can be painful and debilitating and sometimes can lead to life-threatening complications. Both inflame the lining of your digestive tract, and both can cause severe bouts of watery or bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain. But ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.
Katelynn,I just want to point out, don't confuse IBS with IBD. IBS (what this forum is all about) is a functional disorder that DOES NOT cause inflammation or bleeding, or any of the "serious" problems IBD does. IBSers have similar symptoms as IBDers, however, they do not have IBD. People with IBS are just wired differently, our intestines seem to be more sensitive... We don't know why. As soon as that is figured out maybe we'll have a cure.
Anyway, it is good you have been scoped. It is so important to look for inflammation and make sure there is no disease present.