For the past two weeks, I've been bleeding red blood for every time I went to the bathroom. The toilet tissue would be bloody and the toilet water would be bright red -- all of it. This has occurred, without fail, every day.
I'm 25 years old, I've never had a great diet, and as as student I've been sedentary much of the past few years. I'm looking for help and some context. What do you think might be causing this? Blood on tissues, bright red toilet water everyday for the past two weeks? Is it possible it's a simple case of hermorhoids? Maybe I need to eat more fiber and vegetables? I have a habit of being hypochondriac about my health, so I don't want to be ridiculous. At the same time, as I'm sure many of you may know, sometimes there's no such thing as being too cautious about one's health. I'm hoping others here know something about it in terms of personal experience as I don't wish to alarm myself or anyone in my family, if I don't have to.
[postedit: I'll add a few more details. I don't have any stomach pain. The bleeding would occur even in the case where'd I'd have diarhea. As far as I know, there is no symptom other than the blood.]
Sorry if this message is a bit messy. I suppose I'm anxious about intruding. Any help or info is welcome.
[This message has been edited by BillyW (edited 04-29-2003).]
I had same symptoms as you and it was indeed internal hemhorroids. My doctor wanted me to see gastrenologist and I had a colonoscopy. They found 2 polyps and sent them off and they came back pre-cancerous. I am only 34. I had no pain either only the bright red blood. And it would last for a week or two and go away for 6 months..ANYWAY the bleeding was from the internal hemhorroids but if it wouldnt of been for them my specialist said I would of been looking at colon cancer from the polyps he found while discovering my bleeding problem so I thank god every day that I took my doctors advice. Basically internal hem's as I call them are caused by sluggish bowels from lack of fiber and the environment that causes them also causes the polyps so now I simply take Citrucel once a day to keep me "regular" and have colonoscopies every 3 years if no polyps then I can wait 5. Good luck to you!!
I just wanted to specify that bright red blood is "best" if you can call it that because not a sign of internal bleeding and also 99% of the time from a simple hemmoroid. The best part about internal is that they do not show and never hurt. Mine were a godsend cause I dont think I would of ever had a colonoscopy to discover the "other" problem(pre cancerous polyps). It only takes 7 years for a pre cancerous polyp to become cancerous..Keep in mind most polyps are benign (non cancerous)
Thank you, Katiepops, for the reply! It really helps. It was exactly the kind of experience I was seeking after.
I confess. I had this period of "bleeding" before and then it went away (with a more voluminous diet) and now it's back, worse than ever before. I'm kind of hypochondriac, making mountains from molehills, and I'd hate to act on a neurotic, over-paranoid impulse.
Anyway, I'm not sure what you're recommending. You're saying I probably have a case of hemmoroids but I also probably have polyps? I know I can get this information elsewhere, but can you, or anyone else, explain a little more about the process of colonscopies? What is involved and how expensive is the procedure? I'll definitely see a doctor as I don't wish to gamble with my health, but would you give me some information on what to expect?
Again, thank you very much. These boards are an excellent idea.
YOU NEED TO CAL OR GO SEE YOUR PRIMARY DOCTOR AND HE WILL REFER YOU TO A COLON DOCTOR WHO WILL SCHEDULE THE COLONOSCOPY.....YOU HAVE TO GO THRU A REGIMEN BEFORE YOUR TESTS ARE DONE....DRINK LIQUID PRESCRIPTION TO CLEAN OUT YOUR COLON...OR TAKE THE PILLS...YOU HAVE TO HAVEA CLEAN COLON SO THEY CAN SEE AL THE WAY INTO YOUR COLON...IF THERE'S POLYPS, HE REMOVES THEM THEN AND YOU KNOW NOTHING...VERY SIMPLE PROCEDURE....DON'T WAIT....CALL YOUR DOC NOW AND GET HIS DONE...MY HUSBAND HAD SAME SYMPTOMS..HE DID THE TESTS AND HAD VERY SMA POLYPS, BU HAD HE NOT DONE THE TESTS, THEY COULD HAVE TURNED INTO SOMETHING WORSE. (CANCER) YOU'RE YOUNG, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND IT WIL PAY OFF LATER!!
Whoops!! Sometimes I ramble on and don't make myself clear (sorry). What I meant is that the bleeding was NOT from the polyps but from the hemmohorids. If I wouldn't of went for the bleeding then I would of never had a referral to a specialist which led me to a colonoscopy. (for routine checks because alot of people with hemmohoroids ALSO have polyps) and that is how mine was discovered. It is a painless and relatively easy outpatient procedure. It is worth the peace of mind that is for sure. I had the colonoscopy at 9 in the morning and was home before 12 and no ill effects either. They give you a mild sedative but I look back now and do not think it was even needed. I think it is to make you relax because of uhm, er, where they "have to go".
I have the exact same symptoms, I get bleeding for a month, it goes anway for a month and comes back. I am goign to see a specialist next week. I get no pain, just blood in the toliet, on stools and on toliet paper. I hope its not too serious, im only 22 and this has been happening for just under a year.
I'm 24 and rather afraid myself. I've had constipation pretty much my entire life. However, for the past three or four years, I've become a gym freak. I go at least three times a week, and try to keep myself in good physical condition. Eating well is a problem simply because it's so expensive to eat healthy nowadays. Fast food is far cheaper and easier to come by. But that's just an excuse. I've had blood in my stools before, and blood in the toilet. My doctor said it was just hemmorrhoids and to eat more fiber. I recently had a BM and it was followed by a seemingly incredible amount of blood (maybe it just seemed that way). I even got light-headed. It scared me, so I checked with my insurance and set up an appointment with a proctologist for tomorrow. My last BM had similar results, so I'm very nervous now.
I wonder, I am gay, and my sexual habits do include anal sex. However, I haven't had sex in months (since October 2002). I've never had problems with anal sex, but now I'm concerned on colon cancer. I just imagine the worst possibilities (a bit of a hypochondriac I swear), and if they remove part of my colon, will that limit my ... uh ... sexual activity? Not that I'm seeing any in the near future, but ya never know.
[This message has been edited by FargoUT (edited 05-13-2003).]