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    Hello guys and girls!

    For the last year or so I've been having on-and-off rectal bleeding. I've already seen doctors about this, and have had tests done (a colonoscopy and a small bowel MRI). However, the consultant discharged me as he couldn't find anything. In addition to the bleeding, I've had abdominal pain, mucus in the stool, going to the toilet more regularly, feeling tired, nauseated, etc (but I haven't lost weight), but I've been diagnosed as having IBS. The rectal bleeding stopped becoming regular by the time I had the colonoscopy in September and the MRI in January, so I thought the IBS diagnosis was correct and the bleeding was "one of those things". However, I saw a little bit on the toilet paper a couple of weeks ago and didn't think anything of it as I thought it may have been a little tear, and the same for last night, too. However, when I woke up a couple of hours ago, I went to the toilet, and there was red blood in the poop as well as on my toilet paper. Not massive amounts, but enough to make me notice it was back. I've been to the toilet again since, and there wasn't as much blood, maybe a couple of spots.

    What do you think? I've told my mother (she's a nurse) and she told me to keep an eye on it, which is fair enough. I don't have piles, and none of the doctors found any piles. If it continues, would it be worth seeking a second opinion/asking for another colonoscopy?

    I'm a 19-year-old female, I eat well and am fairly active. I don't know what to do!

    Many thanks
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    Not massive amounts, but enough to make me notice it was back. I've been to the toilet again since, and there wasn't as much blood, maybe a couple of spots.

    This is how it was on a nearly daily basis before being referred to the colorectal specialist in July. It had calmed down before I had my colonoscopy.
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    Hi,

    I'm sorry to hear about that. My friend also went through a similar scenario (she was 17 at the time)

    Taking into account her case, I'd advise that you keep a spreadsheet of such events, and if there is a time when you notice excessive bleeding then don't hesitate to take photographic evidence.

    Anyways, after keeping it well documented if you feel like things are deteriorating then go ahead and arrange a second colonoscopy.

    Good luck
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    Thank you! I've been keeping a food,activity and symptom diary for the last three weeks since I got discharged. I'll give it a couple of weeks, and if it doesn't improve or gets worse I'll give my GP a visit and go from there. I'm not at all stressed, though, and apart from my digestive issues, I'm pretty happy with life!

    I hope your friend is well, too
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    From what you've said it sounds like it could be IBD, I'd definitely go see your GP again.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hello guys and girls!

    For the last year or so I've been having on-and-off rectal bleeding. I've already seen doctors about this, and have had tests done (a colonoscopy and a small bowel MRI). However, the consultant discharged me as he couldn't find anything. In addition to the bleeding, I've had abdominal pain, mucus in the stool, going to the toilet more regularly, feeling tired, nauseated, etc (but I haven't lost weight), but I've been diagnosed as having IBS. The rectal bleeding stopped becoming regular by the time I had the colonoscopy in September and the MRI in January, so I thought the IBS diagnosis was correct and the bleeding was "one of those things". However, I saw a little bit on the toilet paper a couple of weeks ago and didn't think anything of it as I thought it may have been a little tear, and the same for last night, too. However, when I woke up a couple of hours ago, I went to the toilet, and there was red blood in the poop as well as on my toilet paper. Not massive amounts, but enough to make me notice it was back. I've been to the toilet again since, and there wasn't as much blood, maybe a couple of spots.

    What do you think? I've told my mother (she's a nurse) and she told me to keep an eye on it, which is fair enough. I don't have piles, and none of the doctors found any piles. If it continues, would it be worth seeking a second opinion/asking for another colonoscopy?

    I'm a 19-year-old female, I eat well and am fairly active. I don't know what to do!

    Many thanks
    This could have been me writing that post because that's exactly what's happened to me over the last year or so! My family has put it down to IBS after that's what I got diagnosed with and it easily flares up when I'm stressed.

    Hope things get better for you!


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    Thank you! Well on Monday I wasn't well at all (let's just say I was dosed up on Immodium and Buscapan with naps between lectures with a hot water bottle to get though the day, and lots of ginger and peppermint was consumed to get rid of the nausea). I'm feeling better now, but I've just been to the toilet, and while it was more solid than Monday, there was a long streak of blood mixed in, and other spots in it but none on the paper. I'm almost certain it's blood as I haven't had any red foods the last couple of days.

    Looks like it's another trip to the doctors...
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    when can see you doc again i would ask him again about piles. a few streaks of blood upon wiping sounds exactly like piles. please remember that you only will see external piles / haemorrhoids. internal haemorrhoids are not see on rectal examination and presents exactly with a few streaks of blood when you poo. it is extremely common. if the stool is hard it makes it worse. until you see your doc then you could buy some anusol cream from the pharmacy. this normally cures this problem within several days. hth
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    Tiredness/Nausea maybe from anaemia. Get your GP to get blood test to see if you have become anaemic. Ask the GP if they have ruled out ulcerative colitis.
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    You need to start taking a food diary, and see if its anything you're eating which is causing these flare ups. IBS comes and goes, you can have flare ups of it which is what you might be experiencing at the moment. If the blood is red, it means it hasn't been digested and its coming from somewhere along your lower digestive system, (which whilst it might not sound good, is a better sign that black stools which indicates digested blood).

    Id keep an eye on it, and start a food diary. Go straight back to the doctor if it gets worse however.
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    Thanks. I'm not feeling that well again today, having had quite bad and smelly diarrhoea, pain, nausea, feeling tired and a slight temperature this morning, so I'm now dosed up on Buscopan and Immodium again. I have been keeping a food and symptom diary (including exact ingredients: I only eat something it if I know exactly what's in it or if I can get the ingredients from the packet) like I said in the OP (so far, apart from alcohol which I don't have often anyway I cannot find a link). I was very anaemic about this time last year, and I had bloods done in December, and I was anaemic then, but I think I might be again as everyone keeps saying I look tired and pale, so I will go to the doctors soon!

    Thanks for the helps guys- shall keep you posted!
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    * wasn't anaemic in December, that was supposed to say
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    Thanks. I'm not feeling that well again today, having had quite bad and smelly diarrhoea, pain, nausea, feeling tired and a slight temperature this morning, so I'm now dosed up on Buscopan and Immodium again. I have been keeping a food and symptom diary (including exact ingredients: I only eat something it if I know exactly what's in it or if I can get the ingredients from the packet) like I said in the OP (so far, apart from alcohol which I don't have often anyway I cannot find a link). I was very anaemic about this time last year, and I had bloods done in December, and I was anaemic then, but I think I might be again as everyone keeps saying I look tired and pale, so I will go to the doctors soon!

    Thanks for the helps guys- shall keep you posted!
    As you tested positive for anemia back then the doctor will want to look into things like ulcerative colitis.

    I've been having something similar to you the last few months. Theirs mucus as well it's truly gross. My doctor checked bloods for crohns and other disorders but nothing so I'm left at home suffering with all sorts of weird symptoms. Wobbliness panic attack states the lot. It's very unpleasant. And I can often do nothing but lie in bed...
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    Sorry to hear that you're going through the same thing, too. Hope you feel better and get a diagnosis soon! :hugs:
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    well, if food diary is not linking anything, and every test is not showing anything, then im afraid its IBS and stress related. Sometimes u may not be aware u are stressed, but ur body is telling you otherwise.
 
 
 
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