Mostly I worry when I have symptoms that could be "in my head" but this time I have concrete freaky symptoms. Help?? This is definitely Too Much Information and I'm really sorry about that. Thanks to anyone who can talk me down from thinking I'm dying.
Around 5 days ago I had a bowl movement (which was completely normal aside from being slightly painful) and wiped and saw bright red blood. I had had terrible cramps right before that and assume "Oh! I must have my period", inserted a tampon and went on my way. When I went to remove the tampon later however, there was no blood. I freaked out. I realized it must have been from back there.
Next few days were normal, no blood. Then yesterday I had another (painful) bowl movement and had more blood (not nearly as much this time, just a light pink staining). There is no blood in my stool, none evident in the toilet bowl, I'm not having diarrhea, the blood is bright red, not black or anything, and It's only when I wipe. Over the last month I've seen blood probably... 4 times? Maybe 3 this month and once in early/mid January?
So, guys, I KNOW in my head that this is probably some abrasion I have that just taking its time to heal. Cognitively, I know that.
But I'm still freaking out! I'm having some stomach pain (last 5 or so days) that I think is just gas pain. But having intense cramping (so bad I thought I had my period) and then the blood freaked me out. It's been better since then and does NOT happen every time, just when it's a painful movement. The first time I ever had this was around a month ago during a painful movement. Like I said, everything there is usually perfectly normal and regular and I probably just got a scratch that one time that hasn't healed, right??
I'm only 25 and have *no* history of this. At the same time, my anxiety has reared its ugly head and I am getting these surges of anxiety that I am dying from intestinal cancer. Which is probably only making all of this worse and causing some of the cramps/intestinal upset. Can anyone help allay my fears? Again, sorry for the TMI