first time to this group and new here. thank you all for your support here. So here is my story with a couple of pictures. About 21 years ago when I was 23 years old I had blood in my stool that was bright red that was there daily and went away i would say after 2-3 months where I would poop at least 2-3 times a day with blood I didn't think anything of it or go to the doctor. it resolved on its own.
Fast forwarding 21 years, I noticed in the last 3-4 days that my stool consistency has been mushy / soft and with bright red blood. Ofcourse I am now 44 years old and wondering if this could be a sign of colon cancer? I know it could also be hemmoridal or anal fissures, however I am not experiencing any pain or itching in my anus. I am going to make an appointment with my gastroentorologist and i am sure he will order a colonoscopy. Appreciate any thoughts.
I have added a picture of my poop from yesterday morning (left) and this morning (right). It seems to me the bleeding is less on the right but would appreciate any thoughts.
i do apologize for the graphic pictures in nature.
Thank you for posting in Colon Cancer Connected. You are correct to be concerned about your symptoms. The key here is gain more information and I am proud of you for taking the steps you are taking to get answers. You are all over this.👍
I know people jump to the worse case scenario of it being cancer, but I would focus efforts and energy on exactly what you are doing. Your Gastroenterologist is the best way to determine the origin of the blood. You don't have any pain and that's good. Is there any family history involved?
There are many causes for blood in the stool, some are very treatable with medication, diet change, and minor procedures, and of course, there are more serious reasons for blood in the stool as well. For that reason, we always advise patients to seek medical care when they have blood in the stool. You are doing this.
Hashu1, we wish you the very best with the results.👍 Please keep us informed. We are very interested in your results. Your information can help others. Also, let us know if you have any problems getting your appointment.
~Tom, GCCA Survivor - Colon Cancer Connected Site Administrator.
Just a reminder - this group is here to offer support, share experiences, and offer our thoughts - but this is not medical advice, and you should always consult your medical professional(s). Additionally, for all emergencies, seek urgent medical care, never delay.
Thank you for the response. I do have my colonoscopy this Friday. I went to the GI yesterday afternoon and they did tell me that I could wait a couple of weeks and see if it resolves or just get the. Colonoscopy out of the way and done.
At the doctor there was a resident student in training and he took my details first then the doctor came in and asked him the details he concluded with words of colitis, diverticulitis…so I hope that’s what it is and not the worst.
Yes there is no abdominal pain, and there is no family history involved. My father had his colonoscopy 2 years ago with no issues.
Thank you for the words of reassurance. I will keep you all posted!