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   Posted 7/10/2009 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys... Ive been searching for Forum sites about health problems just like what im experiencing now until ive seen this site.. yay!! :)
Well let's get started... It started in the fist week of february.. I used to walk to go to work ( because i dont have a license yet XD im 20 y.o) before i leave to go to work i have a bowel movement ( as far as i can remember i have a soft, liquidy stool that day) it was 9:30 am when i leave (it took me 30 min to walk to work). It was summer time and its so hot!!! ( it was 45 deg celsius aw! XD) Then suddenly i got an itchy a**.

I just ignored it and continued walking.. When i got to work i go immediately to the john and wiped myself and was pretty shocked from what i saw.. BLOOD! it's a bright red blood in the toilet paper. I was so worried that time of what might causing these. Then after that incident not often but sometimes i bleed after a BM. Not immediately after having a Bm but a while later ( like yeah i'm having a BM now and assuming i will bleed later after having a long walk) . I decided to have this checked and go into a bulk-billing clinic (it's the month of april) and explained the doctor about my symptoms.

He did an rectal examination and he said he said that i dont have hemorrhoids. He then ordered me to have a blood work ( to be specific the tests that is done with my blood is FBE,ESR,CRP and LFT). It was at least 20 days later when i finally got to see a specialist ( which my consulting doctor referred me to).He said my blood work is all normal. He performed a "rigid sigmoidoscopy" to me.. it was like he inserted a lighted long tube in my a** . He checked at least 20 cm from my a** (thats as far as he can go) and after that he mentioned he found a little hemorrhoid and its not prolapsing.. (well in my mother side almost everybody got hemorrhoids could it be really hemorrhoids or something?)

He said that i dont have to worry and just add more fiber in my diet. After that, in the month of may im starting to feel constant tiredness (it doesnt go away), I always sleep late at night and sometimes lacking of sleep but im not sure if this is the cause,\. And now the month of june till now ive seen that there's blood in my stool ( only small amount in a portion of my stool). Im so scared because of this because im only having rectal bleeding and now it was mixed (a little) in the stool.
And plus, my constant tiredness. Im going to a doctor again to check this out. just for information i dont have any family history of colorectal cancer or polyps. Im so worried of what might happening to me.. Im looking forward for your response so we can talk about my situation. I feel so alone ( i dont really got support from my family about this :( ) Im only 20 y.o. to have some nasty thing like "C"


"Scared" ben

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   Posted 7/10/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't tell you it is not cancer. I can tell you that is the last thing I would even think about at this point. That's the absolute worse case scenerio. Like getting a headache and thinking you have a tumor. I was thinking hemmies at beginning of your story, with bright blood and itching. I hope that is what it is. Brighter the blood the further down in the GI tract you are.

I started developing UC around 22 or 23. Similiar symptoms. Just be patient. I ended up getting a full scope for diagnosis after ignoring what was going on for a year or two.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA

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   Posted 7/10/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Didn't you post a very similar thread just last week? If so, I think you really need to go in for a thorough exam and then maybe talk with a counselor too. It sounds as if your anxiety levels are super high which is not healthy. Try not to focus on the negative and take the necessary steps to find out what is ailing you. You might find that your mind is more at fault than your body.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 7/10/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I can tell your nerves are getting the best of you and your story is exactly how mine started. Blood, told it was IBS and take fiber and then it got worse and worse. The best things is get something to calm your nerves, cammomile tea or call a doctor to get xanax to get you over the hump. You need to really be calm, you will make yourself worse, trust me on this one. Meditate and pray. You will be ok and it's not cancer.
Very mild left sided (could have fooled me with the "mild")  UC. Started LDN ON 1/25/09, stopped LDN on 5/1/09 didn't seem to help. Supplements: Probiotics, Cipro antibiotics 4/29 for 8 days seemed to help a little. Bad diarreah in the mornings about a hour of "dumping" no meds at this time for UC. I take Bentyl as needed, lomotil as well.

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   Posted 7/11/2009 2:57 AM (GMT -6)   
ok, at 20 y.o., it is not cancer.  You are way young for cancer of the colin.  I can't say it is not crohns or hemmies, but, it is not cancer.  My GI said when i was dx with uc, he has never seen anyone under 40 with colin cancer.  I was 34.  Just relax, try the fiber and if it continues, you need a more thorough exam.....but if it is bright reb blood, that is a good sign.  It means the blood is down low and if he did not see any inflamation, it is probably hemmies.

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   Posted 7/11/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
It sounds way more like hemmies. Maybe your doc missed them?
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently taking Asacol (3x/day) and Calcium/D supplements

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   Posted 7/11/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't be scared. Chances are that the internal hemmie got worse. I know they say that the blood shouldn't be mixed in the stool, but I've seen blood mixed in the tip of my stool (due to blood dripping on the stool before it has a chance to come out) and I've seen blood covering the stool so badly that yes some does get mixed in.

Your GI did a sigmoidoscopy, because the blood is bright red, indicating that the issue is closer to the rectum. He should have been able to see everything he needed to see.

However, because your bleeding has gotten worse, you should still see your GI.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory foods, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners -- Fecal transplantation worked, Prednisone stopped working, Colazal stopped working, Asacol stopped working

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 7/12/2009 2:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi...absolutely see the doctor and hopefully the doc will do stool sample testing and take a look-see.

One cannot say colon cancer doesn't happen in young does, but in all honesty, those who I know it happened to had a genetic predispostion to it.

Keep us updated as to what the outcome is...even if it is hemmies.

*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 7/12/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I have heard of young people with colon cancer but it's highly unlikely. I had a cancerous polyp found at 27, I guess it was lucky I had issues with UC or I wouldn't have gotten checked out until 40 or 50 and who knows what the polyp would have done by then? I would get a colonoscopy, it will ease your nerves.
Red blood isn't as much a threat as black blood or black stool. Red means it is fresh. Black means it was higher up  in your GI tract and is more of a threat.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...

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