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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?
CalGal37 responded:
Cwest, I don't think anyone on the board can give you an answer, either yes or no, as to whether or not the blood could be due to cancer. But there are a number of conditions that could cause bleeding outside of the idea of cancer. I know you're worried, but the best thing to focus on is getting in to see the doc and getting that colonoscopy done. Make sure you also check with family members to see if anyone has any form of GI issue that is not cancer-related. Check to see if there is any history of inflammatory bowel disease in your family - or anything else.

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