Posted 11/30/2010 11:26 PM (GMT -6)
First, thanks in advance to anyone who reads this and offers any suggestions.
Just over two years ago, I became a vegetarian, and have not eaten any meat (except for some fish, very rarely) since then. I would say I've eaten somewhat healthily since; granted, I have not eaten my fruit and veggies every single day, but I tend to make up for that by eating them in large doses when I do have them. Anyways, I noticed maybe two months after converting to vegetarianism that I had what appeared to be like small peanuts in my stools. I dismissed it as simply being undigested food, although I have seen other instances where the food has been much clearer (like bits of corn, lettuce, etc.), but the clearer batches of undigested food are much rarer than the "nuts", which have appeared in my stools intermittently ever since. Then, in the past 6 months (if not before that), I started to notice that I was having little black spots or specks in my stools. My stools usually range from light brown to dark brown, but never black or tarry, just little black spots all over. I also think that I have started to have more bowel movements than I used to per day. On top of that, within at least the past three months I'd say, I've started noticing that almost every time I wipe there is a little bit of red blood on the toilet paper. It is never in absurd amounts, but always just enough for me to notice it. On some days I will have more blood than others, especially if my stool was somewhat harder on a certain day. Anyways, I am concerned that I have some sort of problem, either a polyp or hemorrhoid, or even worse the possibility of colon cancer. I don't think this is likely, as I am only 21 years old and have no known family history of that, but my mother does have a lot of her own bowel problems. As for my weight and height, I'm 6 feet tall, about 130 pounds (I'm very thin, fast metabolism), and exercise fairly regularly. If anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them. I'm probably going to get a colonoscopy soon just in case, as I hear that is the best option for seeing if anything is really wrong. Still, it would be nice to know what to expect. Thanks again!