At wits end! I am 47 yrs old, female, tad overweight(by 25 lbs). For 4 months now I have had blood in my stool, sometimes it is on the outside of the stool but other times definately mixed in stool. Sometimes no stool & it is a blood clot(rare) or mucus. Bowel movements are still shaped, although smaller diameter(size of a dime maybe?) to what I am normally used to (size of quarter or larger), and more frequent. (I used to have a movement maybe 3x week, now it is 10 times a day)

This is my daily proceedure:
When I wake up every morning, I go straight to bathroom & poop out a tablespoon or so of bloody mucus. It is ready to come out as soon as I wake up & stand, no holding it back. Then I am ok for 20 minutes, then back in bathroom for a bowel movement which is a soft shaped stool, either covered in red blood or mixed with the red blood. This continues every 30 minutes to an hour for the next 4 hours! Afternoon, bowel movements tend to stop. Approx 30 minutes after dinner, a few more bowel movements until bedtime. Still red blood is either on stool or mixed in. I do not have diarhea, as the stool is formed and keeps its shape even after hitting toilet water. Just a lot of stool production!
This is becoming annoying as I have to make trips to the store quick & have to plan according to my bowel issues.

There is no pain associated with any of this. No anal swelling, no itching, no nausea, no loss of appetite, no fever, no other symptoms at all. Blood pressure normal. Not on any medications. I do have a mild swelling in my upper left quadrant, approx 6" in length, it is cresent shaped beginning in center and curving towards the left just below & following the curve of the ribcage. After I eat, I can press on it & feel small hard lumps like large grains of rice. To me, it appears to be a fluid pocket of sorts.

Now, I have been to my regular physician, who did nothing except give me antibiotics. He did refer me to a GI doctor. After a month long wait, I finally go into the GI doctor. He said this sounded like hemmeroids? and also maybe polyps causing the mucus. I questioned the fluid pocket, he had me lay down and gently felt the skin and said he found nothing abnormal. Personally, he made no effort to see the issue. They scheduled me for a colonoscopy... 45 days from now! No blood work, no xrays, no other tests whatsoever.

To me, this is a life changing issue and is not only embarrassing but highly annoying! Surely, hemmeroids would not cause this much frequent bleeding? Daily & most of the day! I am thinking they are missing something and am concerned that all this wiating in between appointments may be making the issues even worse.

Anyone got similiar issues & can give me some insight?
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replied October 29th, 2012
This sounds close to a symptom that I am having. With my back pain and bowel pain, my doctor ordered an MRI of my abdominal region and lower lumbar region. Abdominal MRI read: Diverticula of the Sigmoid Colon. After googling this I then understood the symptoms.

I suggest for you to google Diverticula of the Sigmoid Colon and see if this could be a possible reason that you are having these symptoms. I know all too well that trying to convince your doctor of the symptoms you are having and the frustration. Be persistant.
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replied October 29th, 2012
Most of what I am reading regarding the Diverculitis mentions pain, cramps in lower left, and/or fever. I have none of those symptoms. And all I have read appears to end in surgery to remove the damaged part of the sigmoid colon. Is there no other fix? I do know this is becoming extremely annoying more than anything and obviously not right. Me & the MRI machine don't get along very well, I am a bit claustrophobic. Wondering if normal upper & lower abdominal Xray would show anything? if so, I can maybe push my GP into ordering those. I still don't understand if this is daily chronic bleeding, why a colonoscopy would be pushed out so far out. Surely, it should have been scheduled sooner. Longer it waits, surely the worse this is going to get.
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replied October 29th, 2012
Sorry that wasn't of any help. Just keep pushing for answers and maybe the doctor that is doing the colonoscopy will have some answers for you. They can order additional tests if needed. They say that if the blood is bright in colour there is no worry, so if it is dark push harder for tests and for someone to listen.
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replied October 30th, 2012
More info:
After keeping a diary of sorts, the conditions do not seem to be food related. Doesn't matter if I eat salads & veggies or a hamburger & fries... outcome is still the same. If I eat steak, the outcome is a bit more harsh, but still the same. I don't like milk, so that is not in my diet. I drink approx 40-80 oz of water per day and 3 cups of coffee in morning. No other liquids. I am not a huge eater, I rarely eat breakfast, occasionally eat a small lunch, but always eat a regular dinner.

I did discover the Bristol Stool Scale (never knew this existed). My movements range from #4-6, occasionally a 7. Diameter of #4 is the approx size of a dime or penny and only 3-4" in length, this movement is rare as in maybe 1x a day? The other 20x a day are #5 & 6. Most movements are bloody or contain a bloody mucus either mixed in or on it. #4 appears to be not as bloody. Still no pain, no fever, no nausea, not on any meds, no other issues.
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replied December 3rd, 2012
Dear Pigeonracer,

I am a long time sufferer of Ulcerative Colitis and I had similar symptoms as yours...no pain, just bloody stools and mucus and urgency and frequency. You have to do the Colonoscopy but till then, do follow a low fibre diet. Also, twice a day, cook a PEELED apple, sprinkle nutmeg on it and have it. Avoid milk and coffee and cheese. Yogurt is good.
Hope this helped. Good luck.
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replied December 3rd, 2012
Well, did the colonoscopy... not good at all! they ran into a tumor the size of a golfball in my rectum. After some biopsies & tests, it has been confirmed as rectal cancer. More tests to follow to stage then chemo & radaiton to try shrink it before surgery.
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replied July 14th, 2013
What happened after?
Hi pigeonracer,

I would like to hear what came after that. I am experiencing same thing. I am 28, and it really troubles me. It depresses me a lot actually. Can you please tell me what happened after the colonoscopy and all? please.
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