I've had a longstanding issue with rectal bleeding--several years. It used to be only enough to stain my panties, but in the past year it has become copious. I've resorted to folding up thick wads of toilet paper to use as protection in my panties--and even that frequently isn't enough, with blood pouring out through the padding, my panties, my pants, and onto whatever I'm sitting on. NOT COOL.
So you'd think my gastroenterologist would be alarmed, right? No. The last three times I've gone in to see him it was specifically about the bleeding. Each time he referred to pictures taken during my 2008 colonoscopy showing a large internal hemorrhoid and saying that's the culprit. He has not examined me since the 2008 colonoscopy. He's prescribed a couple of things, Anusol-HC suppositories and Analpram HC 2.5% cream; they help with the bleeding, but they're not solving the problem. And the problem has truly reached epic proportions, as described above!
I don't know what to do. Okay, it's true there was that large internal hemorrhoid in 2008, and it very well could be the culprit. But what if it's not? What if there's some other issue? Either way, I do NOT want to continue living like this, worrying day in and day out that I'm going to leave a puddle of blood where I've been sitting. Oh, I forgot to mention that the bleeding not only happens pretty reliably after bowel movements, but it also happens spontaneously, with no provocation whatsoever. I've stood up and found a huge puddle of blood when I hadn't had a BM in 2 days.
Any suggestions? Is it time to find another GI doc? I really like mine, but I'm frustrated with his lack of action.