cromartie...I would agree that the the stress of seeing any rectal bleeding can exacerbate any gut issues. IBS, while passed over easily, can be very disconcerting and intrusive in one's life.
You're young yet old enough to realise the value of adjusting your diet and finding ways to manage your stress levels in order to help your gut issues.
Again, if there's something wonky going on that's over and above the norm of your "normal"...go back to the doc.
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 2nd 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/supplements; Probiotics....(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 !!!