Soreness, bleeding, lump
This is my first message on this board so I don't know if my concern falls into this section. I'm very embarrassed to have to write this, but if I don't get this out in the open then I might not figure out what's wrong with me.
For over a week now I've had severe abdominal pains. Whether I'm standing or sitting there's a sharp pain from my diaphragm down to my hips. Most of all, I've had difficulty going to the bathroom. Along with the pain there's been a fullness in my stomach and there have been times when I feel like I need to go, but almost nothing comes out. It feels like something's obstructing my own stool from coming out.
Just three days ago, I discovered a lump near my rectum. I've never noticed a lump there before, but both myself and my mother, a R.N., have dismissed it as hemorrhoids. But I can't help but be a little nervous by it. Lately I've been bleeding a lot when I go. It's nothing new to me because I sometimes find blood in my stool, but now it's every other time I go to the bathroom.
To be honest, it's the lump and the bloody stool that brought me here. Most of my stomach problems have now been adverted because I've been drinking prune juice, but I still feel abdominal pain. Just fifteen minutes ago I went again, but it was mostly blood that came out instead of stool. When I looked into my toilet I could see that the water was red. My stool has also given off a horrible smell, but I can easily blame that on the prune juice.
I hope I'm over-reacting about this because my mother doesn't seem too concerned. I haven't been able to check my stool up to this point because one of my bathrooms doesn't have a light, so I don't know if this amount of blood came out just now or has been continuous. I currently don't have a doctor, but I'm concerned enough to go to a free clinic to see what's going on. I'm only 23 and I don't know much about medicine, but if somebody can alleviate my fears, I'd greatly appreciate it.