I've been reading these boards for about
a month, thinking I had proctitis or uc. My symptoms are very frequent bowel movements, urgency to go, and ALWAYS bloody. My symptoms honestly started last year, and I put off seeing a doc (I actually would have mentioned it to my doc last year but saw a resident instead and wasn't comfortable enough) until May 15th of this year.
She sent me for a lot of bloodwork, an abdominal and pelvic scan, and stool tests. Inflammation numbers were high, but hemoglobin wasn't too low........... so I saw the surgeon that was doing my scoping last Wednesday and I was scheduled for my test this afternoon.
I'm actually glad I chose the afternoon test vs the early morning, as I only had to take 1 day off work, and I could do the prep in 2 doses vs back to back guzzling of that awful prep stuff. It went down easier when I pinched my nose, and when I gargled with apple cider vinegar.... and the trips to the bathroom? I think I went 5 times last night and 3 times this morning, slept all night and even managed a 1.5 hour nap this morning after I'd taken the potion.
The test itself was easy... I was mildly sedated but saw everything, spoke to the team and I remember everything. I didn't need to sleep it off after, as a lot of people do either, I was very conscious of my surroundings. The doctor found a tumor, which is MORE than likely cancerous, as we are talking radiation, surgery................ So I went from suspecting uc or proctitis and ended up with colorectal cancer.
I'm not here to scare anyone, but if only one person who passes blood reads this and hesitates about
getting checked, JUST DO IT. Please. I first saw blood in my stool in November 2016... then it passed and saw more here and there last year and when it got worse in April of this year, every single time I went, that's when I knew something was really serious.
I'm 45. I just hope it hasn't spread elsewhere but we'll see I guess