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For the last 2 days I have noticed blood on the toilet roll every time that I go to the loo and wipe my bottom. It looks quite fresh, but not really fresh if that makes sense.
I have also noticed that my stools have been getting looser and looser then I get a bit bunged up for a few days. This has been going in for the last 4 or 5 months. Last week, I started getting less and less warning of needing to open my bowels and lost control on one occasion.
I have also had a horrible pain intermittently deep inside my rectum for the past 6 months or so. I have mainly had it at night and usually during my period, I've only noticed it twice or 3 times each month. It wakes me at night and is like an intense bruised / pressure type sensation. My tummy is feeling bloated and I look about 4 months pregnant!
There is a history in my family of bowel cancer and I'm trying not to presume the worst. I have tried prebooking a Drs appt using the automated system over the weekend, but the first available appt is a week on Monday! I'm working every day this week so doing the usual ring (and ring and ring again until you get through) at 8am every day to get one of the few appts that they release each day is going to be tricky.
I'm not sure what I'm hoping to achieve by posting, but writing it all down is good.
I got there and it was clear that there was a problem in the surgery. Half of it was cordoned off and it was much darker than usual. I'm not exactly sure what the problem was but they were running essential electrics from their emergency generator and had no running water.
The Dr needed to examine me, but couldn't owing to the lack of hand washing facilities so I have to go back on Thursday.
My mind is racing, and while I'm trying to keep calm it's easier said than done.
Try to be calm, it might be piles or even endometriosis which can affect the bowel- and would possibly cause the pain cyclically. You also need checking out for ovarian cysts which can press on other organs and cause symptoms. God luck
Sounds like it could be proctitis. Headline on that is it's ulcerative colitis of the rectum which doesn't have the associated increase in risk of bowel cancer. And is treated successfully with steroids.
All done, though I'm windy enough to power most of the UK for the rest of the day I think!
Nothing abnormal seen on colonoscopy which is a huge relief. The prep was the worst bit by far, some discomfort during the procedure but nothing unmanageable. I'll have a follow up appointment in a few weeks. The surgeon is confident that everything will have returned to normal by then. I do hope he's right!