I'm hoping to get more information here than what I've found in the oh-so-helpful online medical information sites. I had been passing an increasing amount of blood and mucus for 6 months (but not connected to a bowel movement so didn't suspect the usual hemorrhoids), went through various treatments for (you guessed it) hemorrhoids prescribed by my gastro dr. with no resolution. Finally got to the colonoscopy Thurs that revealed proctitis (no idea of size - I only got a photo!)
I had never heard of proctitis; my dr mentioned that this could be a precursor to ulcerative colitis (oh joy - IBS is hard enough to explain when you can't go to work) which I have heard of. So I went to the internet to find out what I could about
what I was dealing with. The majority of the sites listed the primary cause of proctitis as STDs - usually gonorrhea or chlamydia. ***??? I have been with my husband for 20 years, married for 14. We experimented a bit with an "alternate route" but that was at least 15 years ago. Is it possible that this is the result of something that happened that long ago? My dr didn't ask any questions about
my sexual encounters so I had no clue that this was a possible cause. Arghh.
I was prescribed canasa suppositories that I understand will reduce the swelling and the passing of blood and mucus. Okay. So far so good. But it didn't say it would remove the problem, just treat it. So.... how do you go about
telling your boss that you can't come to work because you're passing blood and mucus and running to the bathroom every half hour? I've basically been working from home the past six weeks and have tried to delicately explain why but I am getting the "you aren't really sick" vibe. I'm allowed to work wherever I want (very fortunate, I know) and am not chained to my office, but I also could use some advice on explaining this "issue" (pun intended) to my male boss, coworkers and family. I spend July 4th weekend on a 9 hour car trip to take some furniture to my son in NC from NJ. I didn't know how to tell him I wasn't really up for it...
I'm a 55 YO who just reached menopause (thought bleeding was a thing of the past - ha!). I have two jobs, a disabled husband who doesn't work, and just finished my MBA. I was hoping for a little more excitement - this wasn't it.