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    Rectal bleeding, heavy bright red blood in stool and lower back pain?
    Cwest10 posted:
    Back in July I had a few cases of rectal bleeding after a bowel movement. Two were days apart and the other occurred a couple of weeks after the first. I did not experience any pain or anything, just a toilet full of bright red blood with large clots that I only discovered after I started wiping. I have regular constipation so I assumed it was hemorrhoids or something. It was a lot of blood each time, enough to fill the toilet. I went to see a colorectal surgeon in August and she looked up inside but didn't find anything.

    It's been almost two months since my last experience, but today I discovered another toilet full of blood after an easy bowel movement. I wasn't constipated or anything and it came out relatively easy with not too much hard pushing, even though I hadn't had a bowel movement in a while. But there was still enough blood in the toilet that it colored the water red, and it was VERY brightly colored, almost pink, with clots. Afterward, now I am feeling some lower pain in my back. However, there was no pain when I passed the bloody stool. Again, there was a LOT of blood in the toilet.

    I am starting to really worry about rectal cancer. Can anyone tell me what it might be? I am going to call that surgeon again and schedule a colonoscopy, but in the meantime I am so worried that I feel like crying. What am I going to do if they can't get me in right away? I don't have colon cancer in my family, but I am still really really worried. Can anyone help?
    tammyrobo responded:
    I don't want to scare you anymore than you already are but if your surgeon is not giving you an appoitment right away see if you can get an appointment with a G.I. dr.. April 28, 2009 I experienced the same kind of bleeding that you describe. It came out of nowhere and I also had no pain associated with it. I called a G.I. dr. and got an appt for June 1st. She also felt it was probably hemmroids, but to make sure she recommended a colonoscopy. I did this on June 18th and it ended up being cancer. I'm not saying that is what you have but if I had not had such an incredible doctor I probably would have been treated for hemmroids and by the time it would have been discovered what it really was it would have been to late. It has been over a year now and I am cancer free. The past year was not easy but you can get through with a positve attitude and a lot of prayer. According to my doctor my diagnoses was not typical for my symptoms and my age (40) but it can happen. I don't know why your surgeon did not recommend a colonoscopy.

    I wish you the best, I know how scary it can be. The waiting is the hardest part. I did not push for a faster appt in seeing the G.I. doctor the first time because I believed the nurse I spoke to that it was probably hemmroids because it was bright red. The waiting was hard when I found out I had it then had to wait until July 1st to see the surgeon. That felt like the longest week and a half of my life.

    Please keep writing to update what's happening.

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