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Offline emb

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Blood on toilet paper
« on: May 13, 2010, 10:34:34 AM »
I don't know what to do. Last Sunday I saw a little bit of blood on the toilet paper after the BM... the very first time i ever saw it was 5 years ago and i completely panicked.. so my poor husband literally had to look there (tmi i know) and he saw a tear of some sort, he could see where it was coming from.. then 2 years ago i had terrible anal itching and went to my primary and asked him to do the exam and he said he saw an internal hemorrhoid and i don't remember how exactly he said it but something like it was healing or healed... he gave me some prescription cream and said i could go to the rectal specialist if didn't get better.. it did so i never went.. i have had a few times over the last few years where i did see tiny amounts of blood on tp but somehow managed not to panic too much..
this time i am not sure i can do it.. i can feel my anxiety getting worse and worse, i am afraid to go to the bathroom and wipe in fear that i'll see blood again.. I am almost 40 and of course am starting to think the worst..
what would you guys do? go back to the doctor and ask for colonoscopy? i am so scared..

 
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Re: Blood on toilet paper
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2010, 10:59:10 AM »
I just went through this, though I had a colonoscopy only about 3-4 years ago.  I saw bright red blood on the toilet paper in January and I went to a GI doc in the practice I go to.  He said he wasn't worried but, right there at the appointment, he used an anoscope (what a name!) to look inside (only goes a short distance) and said everything looked fine, just a small hemorrhoid.  The procedure, if you can even call it that, was ultra-easy and not uncomfortable at all.  He said if the bleeding continued to come back and he could do a sigmoidoscopy which would look at the areas that would cause bright red blood.  If it's further into the GI tract then the blood looks blackish/dark.  Mine was bright red.  But I didn't, and haven't, seen the blood again.  In any case, the doctor wasn't worried at all.  He said he'd take a look to ease my mind, not because he thought I really had anything really wrong. 

You could always go to a GI and they'll tell you what needs to be done to check it out.  Usually bright red blood is nothing to worry about - especially if you have a history of hemorrhoids. 
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Re: Blood on toilet paper
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2010, 11:09:42 AM »
bright red is typically those pesky hems or anal fissures. i get this sometimes (gross i know)- but i went to a gastro because i was so worried about it, got a totally unnecessary colonoscopy and got a clean bill of health other than a hemorrhoid.!
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Re: Blood on toilet paper
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2010, 01:16:30 PM »
This is something I do know a little about.  I went throough my colon cancer scare and am also a RN.  When we see bright red blood we pretty much dismiss it, why? because bright red comes from the end, it is not digested or from furthur up therefore it is almost certainly a hemmerhoid.  So I would not worry about this and maybe just get some cream or something.  I do know your fear though as I went through it, not for blood though but fo change in bowel habits, the red blood never scares me.
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Re: Blood on toilet paper
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2010, 07:21:06 AM »
Thank you very much everybody!

I am so afraid to go to the doctor because i know he'll send me to a specialist and for more tests - that's just how he is..

Thatsme, I work with a lot of nurses (not one myself - could never do it) and am friendly with some of them but am even afraid to mention it to them.. i've tried it before and they just scared me even more.. thank you for your insight very much..

Has anybody else have this problem? Did you go to the doctor for it?
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Re: Blood on toilet paper
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2010, 10:27:32 AM »
This has happened to me many times. I will never forget when I was 25 years old (a while ago)
I went to the bathroom and felt a burning sensation. I got up and the whole toilet bowl was
red with blood. Not a lot of blood, but enough so the water was all red. Then I wiped and the
toilet paper was all filled with blood. I saw my life pass before my eyes and I felt a major league
melt down about to occur. It turned out to be a very large hem. When I was straining, the stool
hit my hem and caused the bleeding.
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Re: Blood on toilet paper
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2010, 11:05:37 AM »
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Re: Blood on toilet paper
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2010, 02:20:23 PM »
Well, the bleeding hasn't happened again but it's been really bugging me so i scheduled an appointment with a gi doctor who comes to my primary's office once a month but then realized I will be on my period so i don't think i should do it then even though the girls in the office said it shouldn't be a problem.

So i also scheduled an appt with a rectal specialist but they told me to do the fleet enema.. i've never done it before and don't think I can do it myself. Has anybody done it? Do you think may be i could call the office back and ask them to do it?

I am very scared.. what if they don't see a fissure or hemmorhoid there? does it mean an automatic colonoscopy? 
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Re: Blood on toilet paper
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2010, 02:28:56 PM »
The colorectal specialist usually won't do the enema for you. I have given it to myself
once before, but it is not easy. The reason they want you to do that, is so they can get a clear
view of your rectum and sigmoid colon.
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Re: Blood on toilet paper
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2010, 02:33:42 PM »
I've got both hemerhoids and anal fissures (thank you, pregnancy) so I can tell you this happens all the time! Also, my dad and two uncles have crohn's - as a rule, bright red blood is ok, it's the black/dark stuff that you worry about.
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Re: Blood on toilet paper
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2010, 09:19:33 PM »
i had to deal with this when i had a serious bout of bacterial gastroenteritis that went untreated for too long. caused inflammation of the colon and caused it to tear easily from bms following the infection.
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Re: Blood on toilet paper
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2010, 09:33:17 PM »
I'm 36 and went through this situation not that long ago.  I started having huge amounts of red blood.  I'm a teacher and one day I had the kids out on the playground and felt wet.  By the time I got in the bathroom it looked like a small animal had been slaughtered.  My underwear was full of blood as were my pants.  The toliet bowl was filled and it was all over the floor! I went to our urgent care and the doc said it was most likely hemms but couldn't see one which meant it probably broke.

I had other episodes for a few weeks previously where the toliet bowl would fill up but this was the worse ever.  I ended up having a colonscopy a couple weeks later because I was bleeding so much.  Most likely your situation is hemms or a fissure but its always best to have the problem checked out.  I was positive I had colon cancer.  It was nice to have a clean colonscopy and get that thought out of my mind once and for all!
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Re: Blood on toilet paper
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2010, 07:58:06 AM »
Thank you thank you everybody for getting back to me.. i have another question.. how does it work? if they do an exam and a test and don't see a fissure or a hemmorrhoid, then what? do they automatically move on to a colonscopy? what if the fissure healed?? and if they do find one of these two things, still how do they know this is what caused that episode of very slight bleeding?

Another thing that is bothering me is that if it was another type of symptom, i'd probably think "well, it stopped so i don't need to worry" but here i can't for some reason.. if it was something bad, would it stop like that? i am afraid to even look it up..
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Re: Blood on toilet paper
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2010, 08:05:29 AM »
i was told to think of it this way:
if you had a very thin piece of skin, say from a burn or scrape, it wouldnt take much to injure it and allow it to bleed. so if you hur it and it bled alittle and then stopped, it would be healing. if it was constant non-stop bleeding, then you would have to go get stitches on that injured part of your body.

the thing is, your intestines are like the inside of your cheek. they are always moist and very easily hurt if something wounds them. so if it has stopped for now, thats a sign of healing.

bright red blood means it is fresh and near very end of your digestive tract( hemorrhoid or small cut from inflammation). its when your feces look like they are covered or mixed with road tar that is black that means the blood is old and is much further up your GI tract.

i dont think you have to worry, and remember, your intestines are a direct link to your emotions. so the more you stress and worry, the more you keep them from healing. :action-smiley-065:
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Re: Blood on toilet paper
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2010, 08:33:44 AM »
I had this just earlier this year. I was in the ER for a few hours. It happened on a Sunday morning, I went to the ER that same day. The doctor there did not see anything as far as hemorrhoids or fissures. He said that there probably was an internal one farther up. The bleeding stopped by Monday night. I went to my primary doctor that week for a follow up and asked if I needed the colonoscopy. He told me he did not believe I did since I had not had any bleeding since then. He said if it had continued bleeding then I would want further investigation.
 
Judging by your history of having hemorrhoids and fissures in the past, I would guess that is what you have again. I understand your fear though, it took me about 2 months after the episode to really get myself to stop worrying about it, even with the doctor's assurance.
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