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samNML
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Joined: May 2007

Hi Everyone,
I have posted a message about my wife a a few months ago and I remember receiving great responses from lots of people and I am still very Thankful of all of you
The reason I am starting a new topic is because I have a few concerns about myself:
I have a history of Acid reflux GERD problems
In fact I have passed a couple of times this test called Endoscopy and I was on/off medications like (Losec) as I had difficulties at some point to swallow food due to excess of Acid
Anyway, It has been a few years that I was fine but since a couple of months now I am experiencing lower abdominal pressure or mild very mild burning pain with dry mouth most of the times. Especially when I need spicy food or drink beers etc (The pain is not persistent, I guess it comes and goes based on what I eat)
A few weeks ago, I have noticed some red bright blood on the toilet tissue and I was a little concerned. I did not get the blood since then but sometimes I am really concerned! what if there is blood in my stool and I can't see it? what are the symptoms of Colon cancer? my bowl movements look fine when everything is OK but looks different whe I have that lower right abdominal pressure or dry mouth..

Thanks

Sam

neon356
Posts: 137
Joined: Mar 2004

Sam,
See your Doctor without delay! He/she will probably reccommend a colonoscopy. It's the only way to tell for sure if it's colon cancer.
Carl

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vinny3
Posts: 933
Joined: Jun 2006

I would recommend checking with your doctor and getting a colonoscopy if you have not had one recently. The blood can be from a number of insignificant causes but you want to rule out the significant ones with the colonoscopy.

Dick

rmap59
Posts: 266
Joined: Jun 2007

Hi Sam,
I would go to the doctor asap and request a colonscopy. You cant be too careful these days.

Robin

hopefulone
Posts: 1048
Joined: Jan 2007

Hi , I echo the sentiment... get it checked out. Better to be safe than sorry! Good luck and God Bless.

Diane

jana11
Posts: 708
Joined: May 2004

Hmmm, bright red blood means colonoscopy. Probably has nothing to do with your GERD. Many "normal & benign" reasons can cause this, but you NEED to get checked! Insist if the doc says no. :)

Good luck. jana

barbc
Posts: 12
Joined: Sep 2007

I could not agree more; please go to your doctor and insist on a colonoscopy. I had three doctors tell me my bleeding was nothing, but fortunately the fourth told me I needed a colonoscopy. In my case, it turned out to be rectal cancer, but my oncologist later told me that the reason doctors are so hesitant to order colonoscopies for bleeding is that 90% of the time it is something minor (usually hemorroids). Here's hoping you are on the good side of the 90%, but please, please get it checked out!
Barb

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