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kbenner 12-19-2007 09:25 AM

Could it be a hemorrhoid?
I am a 32 year old male who suffers from depression and hypochondria. So to put it in basic terms, any time something seems a little amiss with my body, I am suffering and dying from this or that. I have had stomach problems for years and it has all been due to stress. I have had some basic tests, digital rectals, seen the specialists and been told there is nothing wrong. Had occasional blood while wiping after a bowel movement. Never mentioned it to the docs, but all tests that were run to find out my stomach discomfort came back negative and the docs didn't need to send me for further testing. All blood work has come back fine as well. The past day or two I have seen a little blood. Nothing in or on the stool but little drops in the bowl. I also did one of the EZ DETECT test to test for blood in stool and came back negative for both of the tests I used. That is also a condition of my depression. I tend to obsess and act compulsively. So after doing the test the first day, I ran out and spent money on another test only to have it be negative as well. To be honest though, I was dealing with tremendous stress and have used the bathroom 15 or so times in 2 days. Saw a little blood in the toilet during my first bowel movement of each day but nothing after it. Same thing with wiping. Blood during the first movement and none after. I am trying not to panic, but I suffer from hypochondria. I figure it is a hemorrhoid. I get a little itching after a bit and the blood goes away after 2 days or so. I do sometimes strain while I go and try to empty myself completely because I do not like to have to go while I am not home. So I do force myself to go as well. Does this sound like a hemorrhoid? I don't want to be running to the doctor and feeding into my hypochondria and obsession. I know that no one here is a doctor, but a little soothing advice is what I could use. Thanks for reading and hopefully responding. Happy Holidays to all!

jse33 12-19-2007 02:37 PM

Re: Could it be a hemorrhoid?
Has your gastro performed a colonoscopy yet, or just the other tests that you listed. I am a 43 year old male. I too have had bleeding off and on for the past 15 to 20 years much like you described for yourself. I hadn't given it too much thought because it never lasted for more than a few days and there was never any pain or discomfort associated with it. Within the last 6 months I started experiencing other symptoms that caused me to be concerned. Frequent bms, feeling like I always need to go to the bathroom, irregular shaped stool, abdominal discomfort, etc. This lasted for months. I finally called a gastro and he scheduled me for a colonoscopy without even a visit with him first. I think the symptoms combined with a familiy history of colon polyps and an uncle who died from colorectal cancer are what got me in so quick.

Well I just had the procedure and the doctor found no serious issues. I thought there might be some type of an obstruction but he found nothing. He did identify internal hemmorhoids (rectum) which was the cause of the bleeding. That could be what you have. He recommended that I start taking Metamucil to better regulate things and I am assuming that it could help with the hemmorhoids by softening things up. I have taken it for two days now. We will see if it helps. It isn't the greatest tasting beverage but I am willing to try it out for a few weeks to see if there is improvement. My job is desk oriented too, very sedintary. I have started using a treadmill on a regular basis over the past few weeks. I have felt better in other areas just from doing that. I would recommend some excercise.

Anyway, it is hard for me to say what you have that might be causing your symptoms but it is entirely possible that the bleeding you have could be a result of hemmorhoids. Good luck to you.

bmccrea 12-19-2007 08:47 PM

Re: Could it be a hemorrhoid?
First of all, I'm like you, anything out of the ordinary with my body scares me terribly. Blood especially! The next time you go to a doctor, by all means, tell him/her about the bleeding.

If you sit on the stool and strain, yes, that can cause hemorrhoids. My colo-rectal surgeon said that the main 2 causes of hemorrhoids are sitting on the stool for long periods of time and having a hard bowel movement that causes excessive straining.

I have a bad hang-up about using public bathrooms for bowel movements too. And, even as a child, I would worry about my health.

Drink plenty of water, and if you can, eat some green veggies and fruits daily, unless you have diarrhea and cannot eat those types of foods. Whole grain bread and cereal are much better for you than refined food.

Since I've had colon cancer, I have been on both anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds. Perhaps a psychologist or therapist of some type can help you deal with your feelings. Reading a good book like "The Power of Positive Thinking" may be helpful.

You are young and should be enjoying life as much as possible. So spend some time with friends and family and try to enjoy the holidays.

Take care,

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