My problems started 4 months ago after a bout of increased bowel movements from taking antibiotics. I saw a small amount of blood in the toilet and screamed!
Then after having a flexible sigmoidoscopy the GI found patchy inflamation in two parts of the sigmoid and he saw hemmorhoids (very small ones - internal). The biopsies came back negative for colitis. He told me to get on with my life and I did.
Then in September I started bleeding again and this time every day, bright red blood on toilet tissue, on the outside of stools and in the pan.
When I take Imodium the bleeding would stop and the stools would be formed, the bleeding usually came when the stool was soft. Normally formed stools just slide out and don't make me bleed generally (TMI sorry!)
I now have about 2 or 3 BM's a day but still see blood. The GI told me it was hemmoroids at my age (33). I then contacted one of the best GI's in the UK on private health to get to the bottom of it.
After a colonoscopy he has found patchy inflammation on the right and left side of the colon which he says is what bleeds meaning I have Colitis - which I am now waiting for biopsy results from. I am still seeing blood and after the colonoscopy even see mucos for the first time!
So while I am waiting to see whether I have Colitis, Chrohn's or just an infection I want to ask if others have had similar experiences.
Also whether my symptoms (2-3 bowel movements a day, no pain, no gas, no diarrhea but blood on outside of stools and in pan which looks fresh) are really what you would call an "attack" - I otherwise feel 100% and if I had not have seen blood would never even think I was unwell.
If the thought of having UC wasn't bad enough it now looks like I could have Chrohn's Colitis, or Chrohn's or Total Colitis. 3 of the worst things that I can have and also a higher risk of cancer. This is like a life long sentence of drugs and worry.
I don't know which way to turn, only 10 weeks ago I was discharged with no more than hemmoroids and now look.
The odd thing is all I get is a little blood with my BM's which subsides with Imodium, and I only go to the toilet a maximum of 3 times a day. I feel totally well otherwise and have no pain or fever.
I am so confused. I guess my symptoms are going to get worse with time?
Anyone advice on coping?
Post Edited (LondonRed) : 10/26/2007 2:40:51 AM (GMT-6)