In the past few days I have had about 3 bowel movements that resulted in lots of bright red blood in the toilet (lots of blood, enough to color all the water bright red) and on the TP after I wipe. I can wipe the blood away and its not an external bleed as I have no blood on my undies or at any other time. I am 34, in seemingly excellent health and feel great. I have no pain or constipation and it doesnt hurt when I have a BM. I know I have had a hemoroid <sp?> before (I have seen it, used to pop out a bit and my Dr confirmed it) and a little spotty blood but NEVER like this. I try and eat lots of fiber and take a fiber supplement drink a few times a week.
I am shaking I'm so worried/scared, what the heck is going on?
Last edited by Regular Guy; 04-29-2004 at 04:06 PM.
I can relate to the worried/scared part.....I have UC, and when the bright red blood was all that came out, I freaked.
It could be a hemorrhoid(s) or a fissure hidden IN the anal folds.
If you are up to it, you could squat over a mirror (after a bm and a butt wash) and check just up into the folds if there's a tear or cut there (hopefully, it will be bleeding). If so, it's a fissre and hydrocortisone cream will help heal it.
But, it's always best to go to a doctor and get checked out thoroughly. For if it's a hemorrhoid, you might have to have it looked after (banded, saline injection..etc). Proctocetyl is what my doctor scripted me for my external hemorrhoid and the fissure I have, and it does work well.
It sounds as though it was quite a bit of you had...it could definitely be something serious such as UC or even cancer. I can definitely understand the fear, because the waiting period for my tests was long! Nothing conclusive until my doctor did the only thing she was good for -- send me to a specialist, and I was diagnosed with UC. I also had severe diarrhea (15x daily).
So, since you have no other symptoms, that's probably a good thing. But, rectal bleeding could be a sign of something serious. For having it checked out will ease your fears, and if it happens again, you'll have the meds to deal with it.
Let us know how it goes.
Best to you,
It's all a matter of perspective!
You are experiencing what I have been experiencing for over a year now. The reason I don't worry too much about it or even brought it up to the Dr. is because it is bright red blood. In my upbringing I was told I only need to worry when it is dark blood, notably mixed with the stool itself. So my conclusion is that it is just more or less a superficial thing. I did however have one day where it was quite a bit like yours and was a little more concerned but not enough to have it checked out. I am going to do a little research on polyps because I am thinking that maybe this could be what's going on because they have a tendency to bleed when irritated. It is annoying in that I spend a bit more time on the toilette than I would like and this is due to sporadic bm---so I wonder if this is connected to the bleeding---don't know. By the way, for the record, I am a healthy and youngish 42 year old female who like you, eats extremely well. So, my gut feeling is that you should not worry, but do get it checked out.
Oh my goodness beachwalker, I'm sure you are going to get bombarded with replies to your post so let me be the first to tell you that your line of thinking is very wrong. Cancer can bleed ANYwhere in the colon or rectum, and the color of it simply depends on where it's bleeding from. Higher up - black stools. Midsection - maroon colored stools. And there are several cancer survivors on here who will tell you their cancer was found in the rectum and gave them the same symptoms you're having - bright red blood. A sad scenario is someone who has hemorrhoids, sees blood in the toilet or on the paper, and assumes it's the hemorrhoids causing it and lets it go, when in fact it's something more serious. To have bleeding as long as you have should have sent a red flag up the first time you saw it, but to let it go as 'nothing', especially for this long, is something I for one do not understand. Should you be concerned? Yes. Being 42 means nothing; we have people on here with colon cancer who are in their late 20's, early 30's. I do not mean to scare you, but it's not normal to have bleeding like you have for this long with no known cause that you can attribute it to. Again - bright red blood does NOT mean it's something that can be ignored as you suggest, it simply means that whatever is bleeding is closer to the rectum. To have it checked is up to you, but you are really doing a disservice by telling someone not to worry about it. Yes, it could be nothing but they need to have a doctor tell them that, not someone on here. And the only way they're going to know either way is to be checked.
Hello, I'm new here and for the past year or so I have had some (bright) bloody stools, not that bad but once in a while it would be like Regular Guy's. It dosen't happen every day or anything, only like every so many months. Is it because of constant wiping and too much pressure from pushing? Because that is what I have noticed when it occurs. It just happened today again. Also, I haven't really been eating like I used to. Like I only eat 2 meals a day and I have lost 10 pounds. Also, I am glad I have found a board like this.
I was having identical symptoms and just had a scope done which revealed crohn's disease so to say bright red blood is minor is a shame, I am now taking many pills a day and will likely be on them for life. I can also expect to have surgery at some point in my life. Bright red blood or any blood or pain is a way your body is telling you something is not right, get it checked out now!
Colitis and Crohn's sufferers can expect a 2% chance per year of increased liklihood of developing cancer.
I agree with the others. Having blood of ANY color should be checked out. It doesn't mean that it is cancer but it's better to be on the safe side. Good luck with everything and try not to worry too much
Im going to the doctor today, I'll update when I get back.
My husband had the same symptoms as you when he had an anal fissure - finally had surgery to close it and everything's been fine since. But when he bled he would fill the bowl with bright red. It was scary looking!
Good luck and let us know what you find out,
If it's hemorrhoids I found mine were caused by too much straining and pushing. I discovered that, altho it sounds counterproductive, giving equal time to pulling back solved the problem for me. No more hemorrhoids. Push/pull, push/pull and gravity does the rest.
I myself am freaked out right now. I have been dealing with IBS most of my life. I've never been tested for anything else ofiicially, so I don't really know that it's IBS.
Today, I had a movement and there was a good amount of blood on the paper. Occassionally that would happen, but not as much as this. No blood in the bowl.
Coincidentally, I have an appointment with a gastro tomorrow, so I'll let them know about it. Do you think I should leave work now and go see a doctor, or do you think it's safe to wait until tomorrow?