I have had painless rectal bleeding (red blood, when wiping and on outside of poo. Smallish amounts) now for about 3-4 weeks every time I have a bowel movement. Normally bits of mucus too. I’m 28. No family history of any bowel disease/cancer.
Saw my GP a couple of weeks ago, she felt no lumps and no signs of anything worrying. Digital rectal exam showed nothing - but blood on finger. She said suspected hemorrhoid or fissure.
I had blood tests done and faecal calprotectin which both came back normal which is good.
I will have to call the rectal bleed referral service tomorrow to ask about booking a sigmoidoscopy, as I was told to call them if not heard back by 8 Feb.
Despite the lack of other worrying symptoms, I’m worried as the bleeding is happening every time and shows no signs of stopping.
Can calprotectin levels be normal despite a serious problem?