Sounds like your doctor is incompetent to say: "oh it is just hemorrhoids don't worry!" Did he/she at least check for evidence of hemorrhoids?
Blood in stool can be one of multiple things with overlapping symptoms, and only additional tests can tell what it is: hemorrhoids, infectious-colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (such as Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Disease), or Colorectal Cancer (CRC). I listed those possibilities in the most likely to occur order, with the least likely to occur last. CRC is very rare, and very unlikely unless you have a family history of it. Self-diagnosis is impossible, as many exert the same exact side effects but tests will clarify which one it is. I wouldn't ignore it, but insist on additional tests to see what exactly is the cause. If the doctor tried to poo poo your concerns, insist and see another doctor if necessary. As none of those things get better on their own, but rather much worse.
Test for Hemorrhoids: I would ask your general practitioner (or family doctor) to do a digit check for hemorrhoids (use a white glove and insert a finger). The vast majority of hemorrhoids are within a few inches of the sphincter and are painful when touched. You'll know whether you have them quickly.
Test for Infectious-Colitis: Your General Practitioner can order a series of stool tests. They give you a disposable, plastic collection device. It's like a plastic hat, that fits inverted over the rim of your toilet and has a deep area to catch stool. You transfer it into several vials with the tool provided and drop it off at your hospital lab. They will look for common series of pathogenic causes to your symptoms. Bacterium can cause inflammation and bleeding of the rectum and beyond, such as clostridium difficile, and the test will either confirm or reject that possibility. Should you have these, a course of antibiotics or anti-inflammatory suppositories will clear the one-time-episode up and then you never have to worry about
it again henceforth. It's plausible you could have an Infectious-Colitis.
If you are negative for Hemorrhoids and also negative for Infectious-Colitis, then you will get a referral to a gasteroenteroligist-specialist doctor who will order a colonoscopy to investigate the possibility of an IBD or CRC. The colonoscopy will take a visual look to see what the cause is, and take biopsies that are looked at through a microscope.
I have Ulcerative Colitis (a form of IBD), and it's common to pass a lot of bright red blood with each bowel movement. My toilet water looked like somebody had poured a bottle of bright red food dye in the water every time. It's the biggest reason why people seek out an UC diagnosis, the blood in water and while wiping their bum. It's very unsettling. UC is also known for urgency and frequent poops. I will have to poop urgently multiple times in the early am after waking up. If you have an IBD, then you will be given medication that you take on an ongoing basis to treat your symptoms. There is no cure for an IBD, it requires daily medicines for life to treat and they give us a normal quality of life and eliminate bothersome symptoms. It's plausible you might have UC.
If the colonoscopy saw CRC, and biopsies confirmed it, then surgery would be discussed to remove it. It's the least likely scenario and therefore I will not go into much detail.
In case you have an IBD, I would avoid NSAID pain relievers (such as aspirin, bayer, and aleve) and only take tylenol. As NSAID pain releivers worsen an IBD. I would also eat a low fiber diet, as fiber is bulking and abrasive, not what you want to take if you have potential rectal inflammation.
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