Hi im 20 years old and for the last 6 weeks have had bright red blood in my stools, i went to see a doctor after the first week and he said "go away and see if it gets better" which i thought was **** advice, i went back last week because it was still no better and my doctor referred me to the hospital. They admitted me straight away and were arranging for me to have a colonoscopey but they screwed up and "forgot" to arrange the procedure. I am now waiting for an outpatient appointment for this procedure to be done. My symptoms are very little energy, light headed and i feel sick after ive eaten. when i have a BM it is usually mucus followed by a bloody unformed stool then followed by what i percieve as a lot of bright fresh blood. There is a small amount of pain in my rectum but nowhere else. I am extremely worried about this especially when i am at such a young age, could anyone offer some words of wisdom of what this could be to try and put my mind at rest until my colonoscopey appointment comes through
While you are waiting for the colonoscopy I would add some yogurt with live active cultures or acidophillis capsules to your daily routine to try to help get your intestinal flora back to normal. Sounds like you might have some type of intestinal bug that is causing some of this. You could have any number of things causing the bleeding from gastroenteritis to other things. Until they find out other wise via colonscopy think positive that it might only be a GI bug. Has the doc tested your stools though for C-diff or ova and parasites? If not I would ask about this too since these simply stool tests might be part of the answer to your problem.
The stool sample was probably to test for parasites. You might just have a bad bleeding hemmoroid since it is bright red....let's think positive...you are very young!!! The lightheadedness etc, might be caused from the loss of blood and thus a low hemoglobin level. They really need to check that....you don't need to pass out somewhere...like driving!!!! As for the colonoscopy...you probably will not remember a thing!!! Let us know how everything goes!!! Take Care. Janetto
Tests for parasites are not always accurate. Sometimes it is the way that they do them. It is a positive that the colour of your blood is bright red because it means that it is local and chances are that it is simply hemorrhoids (without ruling out some other problem).
would my stool be blood covered if it was haemaroids? (no clue on the spelling) i looked on google and for bowel cancer, sickness after eating, fatigue etc were all symtoms of cancer and symptoms i had so you can guess how ive been getting about this. Im taking ur advice on the yoghurt and im increasing my fibre intake, all i can do is pray that this is something minor, i dont know how id deal with it being serious
Yes, cancer symptoms are similar to many others, which is why it is important to have the scope & be properly diagnosed.. There are lots of different, more benign things it could be. It would be very rare for it to be cancer in a young person, but as the others are telling you, you must get a diagnosis so you can start treating what it really is. Don't worry about what it probably is not. Worry doesn't help anything & just causes stress which, if you have ibs, just makes things worse. Easy to say? Difficult to do?
But to answer your question, yes your stool could be covered in blood by a large haemorrhoid that is open. When I was very young, the bowl was full of blood from an open haemorrhoid, very scary. And of course, with the water in the bowl, it looked like more blood than it really was.
I hope you get in soon, so you can move on. Keep reminding them.
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Is that the same doctor who told you to go away and see if it gets better?
Weight loss is definitely one of the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis.And about the milkshake, I hope it helps and doesn't make your symptoms worse.Please update.
I know that working when you don't feel good can be miserable. Unfortunately (or fortunately,lol) I had to quit my job because I got sick. But just hang in there. Did you ever have time to look up UC? Just curious....
I agree with luvbug, this sounds very similar to ulcerative colitis. Mucous, blood, non-formed stools, etc. If you feel this weak and are still bleeding, may I suggest taking yourself to the emergency room. It already sounds like it's gotten out of hand. You may not be absorbing anything you put in your mouth and may (malabsorption) and will need TPN (total parenteral nutrition). You probably shouldn't be eating anything and should be hospitalized if you've had no change and it's just getting worse. These MDs don't sound like they know what the heck their doing. Stay away from idiots like this - you will pay the price in the long run. You also may need blood transfusions. If you have irritable bowel disease (IBD - ulcer. colitis or Crohn's), eating is just irritating the large and/or small bowel (whatever is effected). You may want to consider putting yourself on a clear liquid diet and no more (this will also be irritating the bowel) and going to the ER.
You can always take a sick leave.
Keep us posted.
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