KJo wrote:Oh goodness, I can empathize with you. Three years ago (2015) I had my first colonoscopy due to bleeding hemorrhoids and persistent pain in my lower abdomen. It came back totally clear, but I had no answers. Tried the low FODMAP diet, which worked for awhile, and I figured out which sugars were difficult to digest. I eventually figured that stress was causing my digestive system to not function properly and moved on with life.
Fast forward to two weeks ago. After a week of extreme fatigue and sleeping 15-20 hours each day, I had a BM and passed an entire blood clot. This wasn’t just “normal” hemorrhoid bleeding with drops in the toilet. It was a seriously concerning clot of blood. It almost looked like a body tissue or lining of something. I immediately scheduled an appointment with my PCP the next morning. She did a quick exam and concluded that since my hemorrhoids weren’t actively bleeding, that I’m only 27, and that I had had a colonoscopy 3 years ago, that this was nothing to be worried about... she said if I passed another clot and continued to have thin stools, diahrrea, and the abdominal pain, to come back... That answer didn’t give me peace of mind just being turned away. Everything says to contact your doctor, ESPECIALLY if there’s blood, so I wasn’t just going home and waiting.
I scheduled an appointment with the GI specialist that same day. She ordered another colonoscopy ASAP. Now I’m playing the waiting game. March 1st is the date. These symptoms are nothing like I had three years ago. I’m scared and I’m frustrated, and I’m so tired of not being taken seriously. Yes, I’m 27 and problems are “rare,” but rare does not mean impossible.
This board feels so welcoming and understanding. I just wanted to throw my story out there so that maybe someone won’t just dismiss my experiences.
Hi and welcome, sorry for the reason you are here.
Glad you are getting a scope, butt try not to worry. Have you noticed any weight loss? Weight loss is associated with cancer. Are you a female? Any chance you could have been pregnant and lost it? It happen to me, that's why I was wondering, butt I knew I was pregnant at the time.
If the colonoscopy does not find anything, you might want them to go down your throat and look into your stomach. My husband has Barrett's Disease and get scoped that way every few years.
Good luck and let us know how it goes,