Should I worry??

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   Posted 5/7/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
So lately, my bowel movement has changed. Used to be around 9am when I'd have to go but now, it's more around 7-7:30am and seems like my stomach is going to pop if I don't have my bowel movement.
And when I do, it's a lot and I mean ALOT of it. Which is good I think?

OK, now here's the issue, bowel movement is normal, solid. But soon as its out, it is pretty much filled w/ all the food eaten the night before. Now I'm not taking anything at the moment, not even fiber. Is that an issue??? It's like my food doesn't digest and isn't in my colon for too long.

Today, I had my usual bowel movement at 7am. Pleanty of it. But it's never enough, so around 10, I go back. A little comes out, but noticed something reddish while I wiped myself. Took a look, saw reddish particles "string like".....Now Im not sure if this is from my food I ate last night (red tomato in a tuna sub) or actual blood. Though, I went after 20 mins to try again, no BM but 1 little drop. When I wiped mself again, little red spot on it like blood....

I have a GI appt for my IBS symptoms along w/ Acid reflux symptoms this coming Tuesday (13th). Should I wait until then or go to emergency tonight???

Oh and Im having rectal burning too....Which makes me think its hamaroid...but never seen that much "red" in my blood before. <!--IBF.ATTACHMENT_724780-->

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   Posted 5/7/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are sure that it is blood, I would call your doctor and ask for someone to call you or go to the ER. It sounds like your system doesn't like what you have been eating lately. Take some time off from the foods you have eaten over the last few days and see how you do. Stick to easy to digest simple foods. Log onto some websites for suggestions. Keep a food diary and compare that to your bowel movements. That may help you see what the problem is. Mainly remember, if you are panicked enough b/c your body is not normal, then go to the ER. Your peace of mind is important. Good luck.
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   Posted 5/7/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm willing to bet that the tomato is the culprit, especially since you saw some "stringiness." And that's normal to expel some of the food you ate the night before. As always, check with your doctor, and if you're really worried of course do what you think is best for you. :)
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   Posted 5/7/2008 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Unless there is a significant amount of blood I would not go to ER. It doesn't sound like you are bleeding internally from anything significant. It does need to be checked out but if you were bleeding seriously internally enough to go to ER you would see more than that. If it gets worse call the Doctor and ask but from what you describe it sounds like Tues would be OK but it wouldn't really be taken too seriously at ER at this stage. I wam with Sarita on this one, sounds like tomato to me. Eat a bland diet for a day or two and see how you are. Nothing with seeds or skins.
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