I was diagnosed with hemmriods when I was 15 and ever since then I would sometimes have a little blood on toilet paper after I used the bathroom, not often but sometimes. I never really thought about it bc i know it is a symptom of hemmriods. My BMs have never really been normal since i can remember. they are always different sizes and shapes and I am often constipated, but sometimes if i eat a lot or drink caffeine a get diarrhea. In addition, I sometimes have mucus on the toilet paper or stool after I go, but this is usually associated with my constipation. I am 24 years old, and I concerned this could be cancer. This all has been going on for so long i feel like if I have cancer it will be too late and I am really scared. I guess because my BMs have never been normal I never knew they were abnormal til recently. Also, the blood on toilet paper has been going on for years. It’s never a lot, and it never keeps bleeding after I go. The whole mucus thing has really freaked me out even more. I am not really sure when it started happening.
Oh...my thyroid yo yos from normal to hypothyroid ...i know hypo can cause constipation. Thanks
I have had the same situation as you for most of my life, and have had bowel X-Rays, colonoscopies etc., over the years, being convinced I had cancer. I am telling you this because I am now more than twice your age and still have not contracted cancer in either the bowel or colon. So, these difficulties can be just the way we are, and not a symptom of disease. If you are worried get yourself checked out. Then when the doctors say you are fine you can stop worrying. I always got checked out because I would be frantic with worry and that was the only way I could cope. Chances are you are worrying for nothing the same as me. But make sure and then just let it go. Good luck!
Just because you have one does not mean you cannot also have the other....
Hemorroids are actually a pretty common "symtom" of
colorectal cancer, because as a tumor grows and obstructs
your colon, you tend to try to force toileting more, and
spend longer on the toilet trying to get stools, unknowingly, past the obstruction while believing yourself
to just be constipated....