Please advise. Blood in stool!! Scary!

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Predestinarian
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Please advise. Blood in stool!! Scary!

Postby Predestinarian » Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:30 pm

I’m 43 yr old male. I’ve been chronically constipated and have had to rely on laxatives / suppositories over the last few yrs to have a bm. I think it was mostly due to a lack of fiber. My weight is good and I exercise a lot. My grandmother had colon cancer in her late 60s - caught early and treated only with surgery. My mother survived breast cancer in her 60s. My stool is a lot more narrow than it used to be. It’s not pencil thin, but narrower.

Last week I woke up in he middle of the night with severe cramping. It felt like I was obstructed. I had nausea. And I had explosive diarrhea when I used a suppository - followed by blood (bright red) and mucus. I went to the doc that day and he referred me to gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. He also prescribed miralax and it has helped! My stool is still narrow. I go into gastroenterologist in a few days. Should I insist upon the colonoscopy if he tries to talk me out of it? I think I want one, the bleeding scared me. My primary doc wasn’t too concerned and said it could be anything. They say that screening should start at 45 and I’m almost a yr and a half away from that.

Many thanks!

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Re: Please advise. Blood in stool!! Scary!

Postby Robino1 » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:46 pm

Always best to push for a colonoscopy if for no other reason than to set your mind at ease.

Good luck with your appointment. :)
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Re: Please advise. Blood in stool!! Scary!

Postby Lee » Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:47 pm

Push for that colonoscopy. That will give you a true diagnoses, anything else is just a speculation.

Good luck, and keep us posted,

Lee
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Re: Please advise. Blood in stool!! Scary!

Postby Predestinarian » Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:56 pm

Thanks. Pencil thin stool today. I will push for colonoscopy.

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Re: Please advise. Blood in stool!! Scary!

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:14 pm

I'm sorry you're going through this!*hugs* I would definitely push for a colonoscopy. I hope your appointment goes well!*hugs*
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
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No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
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Re: Please advise. Blood in stool!! Scary!

Postby Predestinarian » Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:23 pm

Colonoscopy ordered. Going in July 12 Just glad doc agreed for colonoscopy.

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Re: Please advise. Blood in stool!! Scary!

Postby Predestinarian » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:27 am

Colonoscopy was a success. No problems found. Big relief. Doc said I have a very slow moving colon. Thanks everyone. My heart goes out to all those who are suffering with cancer.

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Re: Please advise. Blood in stool!! Scary!

Postby LPL » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:16 pm

Congratulations! Very good news :D
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Re: Please advise. Blood in stool!! Scary!

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:13 am

Congratulations! :D
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17


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