My bowel plight
About a week ago I noticed a lot of mucus in my stool. It has happened before but passed after a few days never to return again until last week. Anyways, today I noticed some bright red blood along with the mucus and stool. My stomach always grumbles, I seem to have more frequent gas than normal and my defecation frequency has increased this past week.
A few years ago I had a dull ache in my abdomen. I am a hypochondriac, so I had my friend (who is a medical doctor), get me in for a CAT scan of my abdomen and pelvis since he could not feel anything (he's the only doctor I'm comfortable with). CAT scan was completely normal and the ache subsided and he said it was probably my bowels or some sort of irritation that dissipated by itself. No further testing necessary, he said.
Now 2 years later I am having these issues. I have had blood in my stool before, but only after extreme constipation, and I can feel a tingling inside my anus. Again, my doctor friend said it sounds like either a hemorrhoid or anal fissure which are common in my age category (27 years old).
I am not tired but I have lost weight, but that can be attributed to my recent increase in physical activity as well as watching what I eat to try to naturally bring my prehypertensive blood pressure down. On top of this, I do not eat much any more because of anxiety over this (also have anxiety disorder and OCD).
Needless to say I will be scheduling an appointment with a GP (I currently do not have one) tomorrow if needed be, or maybe I can circumvent that all-together and schedule one with a Gastroenerologist instead (cutting out the middle man is always a good deal!).
Colon cancer does not run in my family; however, my parents recently both had benign polyps removed (both over 50 years of age) and my dad has Colitis, which I hear can be hereditary.
So basically a rundown of symptoms includes: excessive mucus mixed with normal colored stool, occasional bright red blood, slight tingling sensation in the anus itself, excess gas, abdominal grumbling, and recent increased frequency in bowel movements. A nurse told me it sound like inflammation of the intestines and the frequency has irritated my hemorrhoids/anal fissure, hence the blood. I am not fatigued (a little tired because my sleep patterns suck) but am not weak! I am able to jog 2 miles a day just fine. Needless to say, the anxiety of this issue is also spiking my blood pressure (not great, either).
I have searched the forums far and wide and the majority of cases similar to mine end up summoning a diagnosis of Colitis, IBS or internal hemorrhoids. I just figured this may interest some of you and a few of you may be able to shed some light on this issue I'm having.