Get a colonoscopy done ASAP.
I was told I had hemorrhoids about 3 weeks before I was sent for a colonoscopy after a second visit to the doctor that I almost didn’t bother to do.
In retrospect I can identify symptoms that I missed, such as never feeling totally empty, and of course blood that was bright red and not actually in the stool.
I was sure I had an internal hemorrhoid, but I didn’t.
Blood isn’t normal. It needs to be checked out. I could have caught mine 6-12 months earlier if I hadn’t convinced myself that it was nothing serious.
boxhill wrote:It sounds to me like you have thrown your system into a tizzy. Why not return to eating small, balanced meals with protein and fiber on a regular basis, drink fluids, get exercise, and perhaps try taking a gentle stool softener/laxative overnight, such as Ducosate and Geri-kot.
What are you hoping to accomplish by fasting?
CF_69 wrote:Intermittent fasting is pretty common these days. I’d say anyone with bad LARS should give it a try. Probably some end up doing it unintentionally just to manage their bowels.
The quick version of it is to skip breakfast and don’t eat after dinner.
I didn’t have a whole lot of symptoms. I felt bloated a lot but I also drank a lot of beer, so I just figured that was why. My poop did change as well, but again I wrote it off as a byproduct of beer drinking or something I had eaten. I traveled a lot with work so I was always eating in different countries.
I do remember thinking one day that it had been a while since I’d had a satisfying dump.
I occasionally had blood when I wiped, but not a lot and not every time.
I felt fine physically. I worked out at least 3 days a week on average. No weight loss. No blood in stool. I was always looking to make sure there wasn’t and checking for the dark maroon blood as well but never had any.
I though my diet and beer consumption was irritating my hemorrhoids, which I’m now unsure ever existed in the first place.
When I finally did go to the doctor for it, he sent me home with some preparation H and told me what I had was common. He didn’t do a rectal exam, he just looked.
The colonoscopy was easy for me. They put me out and when I woke up I had no pain or discomfort. Just the bad news, but at least it was found and I was able to start treatment.
Hopefully you’ll get the all clear, but if not, try to be positive.
What’s there is already there. They need to find it to get rid of it. The staging process was extremely stressful but it’s a necessity.
Thankfully in my case there wasn’t any evidence of the cancer spreading. I had 2 suspicious lymph nodes that turned out to be clear of cancer too, so I was ultimately staged at 2A.
I’m in Canada so my oncologist originally had told me that I wouldn’t need chemo and just needed follow up scans every year.
I was visibly confused since I was expecting a 3B diagnosis and the full FOLFOX regiment. After stewing on it for a few weeks, I decided to take 4-5 cycles of Xeloda (capecitabine) just to give myself every percentage point I can. The Dr said that doing the adjuvant chemo would give me a 2-3% lesser chance of recurrence, which he said was about 15%. So when I’m done, maybe 12% but you never know what will happen.
Hopefully you don’t have to go through any of this, but if you do, you are in the right place for advice or to learn from others experiences. Lots of people have been through this and can really help.
Best of luck to you.
Pyro70 wrote:The OPs symptoms are non-specific. Lots of relatively benign things could cause these symptoms. You should get checked out by a qualified doctor, but stressing about cancer is premature.
Nai7 wrote:So I tried to manually disempact (sp?) myself (I know I shouldn’t have done that) then things got crazy.
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