Bright color blood in stool - Worried sick
Hi I am male, 40. I have a history of 18 years of alcohol usage, much less since last 3 years. Have 4 year history of GERD and about 3 weeks back got diagnosed as having laryngo-pharyngeal reflux (LPR). I have stopped the drinking for 3 weeks since I got the symptoms of LPR. I am used to have Omeprezole 20 mg since last 3-4 years. But now on Nexium 40 mg. I had two upper endoscopies about 4 and 1.5 years back and both showed GERD.
I have been having more than the usual acid symptoms since last one year or so with feeling full, chest pain etc. The chest pain went after reducing the alcohol further about 3 months back. However still used to have lots of burping, gurgling sound in stomach, occasional dizziness etc.
I got a real scare when I had sore throat that refused to heal since last 3 weeks. Two different ENTs put it down to LPR. I was just relaxing and yesterday I got another shock.
Sorry if I am gross, but found fresh bright blood coated on the stool towards end of motion. Other stools were normal. I am waiting for my appointment with Gastro, but meanwhile had the stool analyzed and they confirmed it is indeed blood and that the part of the stool which blood tested positive for occult blood. However stool that had no blood was OK in all respects with no occult blood. I did not have any pain while having BM. The motion is not thin and do feel complete. Since I stopped the alcohol about 3 weeks back, I am also having motion more regularly (every second day) compared to every 3 days or more before. No family history of Colo-rectal cancer. I had always kept an eye on stool color for fear of something unwanted for about an year or more and feel this is the first instance I have seen blood. Not sure of occult blood though.
In the last last 10 days or so since taking antibiotic for throat infection I had some stomach burn/cramp kind of feeling. It went away as soon as the antibiotics stopped and I was relatively free of all GERD/acidity related symptoms since starting on Nexium. However last 3-4 days, the burping is back, stomach occasionally feels little burning sensation overall, especially near navel (some noises can be heard at time (especially when the stomach burns). It is as if the symptoms of acidity have shifted from upper GI to lower GI in the last 10 days or so,
So could this be cancer? Can someone give some insight? Thanks a lot..