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Old 11-11-2011, 05:07 PM   #1
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Blood in Toilet?

Hello all. I am a 28-year-old female who has been diagnosed with Chiari Malformation (a neurological disorder), Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystitis, IBS, osteoarthritis, cervical kyphosis, degenerative disc disease (in my neck), as well as a few other, lesser, conditions.

My IBS is characterized by diarrhea only (never constipation), and began suddenly one day in January 2010 - as though someone flipped a switch. I have had several fecal cultures and both upper and lower endoscopies. After nothing was found, they called it IBS.

In March of this year, I experienced a bleeding issue (vaginal bleeding during intercourse, easily bruising, etc.) which the doctors chalked up to a medication interaction (I was on a high dosage of prescription Aleve for over a month as well as Cymbalta). They took me off the Naprelan (prescription Aleve) and things seemed to pretty much clear up.

About a week or two ago, I had a bowel movement and there was blood on the tissue when I wiped. I chalked it up to possible hemorrhoids and mostly forgot about it - until tonight, that is. The past few days, my IBS has been flaring really badly, with frequent, urgent bowel movements at least 6 or 7 times a day. This evening, I rushed to the bathroom and, when I was wiping, noticed that the entire tissue was bright red. Looking into the toilet, the water was red as well, enough that I couldn't even see the stool.

I am not taking any sort of NSAID products, nor am I taking Cymbalta anymore. With it being Friday evening, I'm not sure what to do - whether or not I should worry. I went on medical leave earlier this year and, when my FMLA benefit ran out, I lost my job - and my insurance. All of my doctors' visits are currently being paid out of pocket so I really, REALLY don't want to head to the ER if this isn't a big deal. If it IS a big deal, though, I'm afraid of waiting until Monday to see my regular doc. Anyone have any insight?


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