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. :)
At 54 2014 1st colonoscopy colon cancer detect
Colon resect margins clear. No chemo Stage II
2017
Distend abd, pain in intestines.
CT scan seeding & Ascites
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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
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
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Predestinarian
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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
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

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

Postby Sammy2067 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:27 pm

Thank you for getting the Colonoscopy! Rectal Bleeding was my only symptom and it was only occasional. I went two years before I did the colonoscopy and they found the 3 cm tumor in my rectal area 8 cm from the anal verge. If I had went two years earlier when I first saw the rectal bleeding I could've really caught the disease very early. Instead it grew into a T3c tumor. I got lucky and it didnt spread anywhere. I had a great surgery and had 21 nodes negative. Im very very lucky. Ignoring rectal bleeding could've been the death of me and still might be. I should've went day 1 upon symptoms.

You cant let doctors talk you out of a Colonoscopy when you find rectal bleeding. Its a MUST with no question asked.

Should be mandatory at 45 if not 40. This is an avoidable damn disease if caught early. Waiting till 50 is crazy.

Im glad you did it and glad to hear the outcome.
51
1-15-16 to 3-22-18: On and off Rectal Bleeding
3-22-18: CSoscopy Rectal Can
4-8-18: MRI: T3(c) N0 M0
5-4-18 Short Course RT 5 days
5-13-18: Robot Lap LAR TME
5-20-18: Nodes: 0/21 LVI: present, Perinerral Invasion: Present, All Margins: Negative
5-21-18 Stage 2a
5-25-18: Oncol discuss if Chemo needed for Stage 2a. 3 months Capox
7-01-18 Oxy cause vomiting/Nasea.
7-06-18: Oncolt discontinued Oxy
7-23-18: Xeloda Monotherapy
7-23-18: CEA post surg .5, CA19-9 2.9


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