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dorookie
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Yep another gross topic, butt where else could I go and bring this up? So yep blood in stool, started last friday, went to my PC yesterday, she did the test, and well it was almost a sure shot of being positive, and it was. I wish I could get the look on her face out of my mind, she looked so concerned. Now I have to find a GI Doc and get a colonoscopy done right away. Oh I have to call my ONC today and let him know too. I am very scared, and my heart is just sinking, I am kind of stuck with my emotions, as if I start to worry, then there wont be anything to worry about, but if I dont worry, then it might be back, crazy how my mind works.

So I am back asking for prayers, good vibes or whatever it is you believe in, I will gladly accept it. I am praying its just hemroids (sp), not to many people pray for that, but I will jump up and down in my little hospital gown if the Doc says thats all it is. I will keep everyone posted, I am guessing I will get a call today to set it up, as my PC had her nurse on the phone getting me a GI doctor before I left the exam room yesterday. I love my PC she is really good, with a great bed side manner and compassion for people. Its funny, I am an immigration officer and my PC is from Vietnam and my ONC is from south Africa, I think its funny. My GI will probably be from India or something. Ironic a bit I think.

Ok I am rambling, at work now, so best get busy. Love and prayers to all....

HUGS
Beth

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lizzydavis
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Beth, I am sending prayers and positive vibes your way.
Thinking of you and wishing for the best. Please keep us updated.

Lizzy

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Lilmiss82
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I will keep you in my prayers and hope along with you it's nothing more than a case of hemorrhoids:) we are here for you and wish you the best!
- Melissa

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idlehunters
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I so know what you are feeling. Been there, done that. And yes, it scares the crap out of you!! I had bled for like 3 days, not heavy, just so you know it's there and changed toilet water color...yuk! I ended up going to the hospital cause it was scaring me so bad. It was NOT anything cancer. They said it was bleeding from a little tear in there from either hard stoole or too much going.... a common ailment that heals itself in most cases. Mine stopped a few days later. They said NO straining when going potty. I am sending vibes your way that it is something on these lines or roids..... Who the heck would ever think we would be praying for roids????? Just don't seem right does it??? But it is what it is and you will deal with whatever IT is. You are a strong and determined person. It's gonna be ALL RIGHT!!! Take care....

Jennie

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Sonia32
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...prayers, good wishes, erm karma anything I can throw your way. Please Beth keep us informed, thinking of you.

Hugs
Sonia

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l send you my best wishes and prayers from Barcelona!

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angelsbaby
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I will be sending good vibes and prayers That it is only a hemroide

michelle

khl8
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Keeping the postive thoughts coming your way!!!
kathy

dorookie
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I totally appreciate your positive thoughts and prayers. I too hope its only a roid, keeping my fingers crossed and praying real hard.

All of you are just the best.

HUGS
Beth

dorookie
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I am Beth, I am stage 4 now, was stage 3 in may 2007 at age 38, but in Oct 2009 after a short time of being NED, it came back, making me stage 4, but had surgery and more chemo, have been clear for almost 2 yrs, last scan was june 1 and it was all clear...so hoping this is nothing..

Thank you, and so very nice to meet you. My picture is of my new grandson, he is actually not so new as he is almost 1 yrs old. My gosh the time has flown by.

Thank you for the prayers

HUGS
Beth

dorookie
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Thanks ladies, your post mean so much to me. I just love this board and everyone on it. I will keep everyone posted, and like I said cant wait to post that I did a dance in my little hospital gown when the Doc says its just roids...

Hugs to all

Beth

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Beth,

Sending you lots of good thoughts and prayers that this is nothing. Hang in there! Keep thinking positive.

Hugs,
Sara

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Wrap yourself around your provider.....You know who Im talking about..... :) Love to you, Clift

dorookie
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Thanks buddy, and I hear ya...

HUGS
Beth

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nudgie
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sorry sweetheart, and yes I will continue to pray, send good vibes and thoughts your way.

dorookie
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Thanks hon, I so totally appreciate the prayers and welcome them...will keep you posted..

Praying for roids...hey that could be a good bumper sticker for cc

HUGS
Beth

AnneCan
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Beth,

You are in my thoughts; I am hoping this is something simple. I am sorry this is happening. I love the new photo of your grandson!

dorookie
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Thank you....Yep it was from a few weeks back when he was here, I am actually holding him in that picture...

HUGS
Beth

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I've mostly been lurking these past months, but thought I'd weigh in on why I am so glad you are getting checked. I had started acting strange ( If you knew me better, you'd ask how could anyone tell strange from normal strange!) I had the tarry black stool and my doctor said if that ever happened to get myself into the ER. Well, like most guys I didn't do it. And then my voice started slurring the words. It took me a long time to respond to questions and then it was just goofy talk. Plus, I didn't want to do anything, except watch TV.

One Friday morning, June 4, Mary, my wife, dragged me to the ER at Mayo and they did some blood tests. Turns out I had a strain of Strep called H Pilori or something. It's particularly nasty and pure hell on the stomach. So I was bleeding profusely in several places in my stomach including development of a bleeding ulcer. Took them more than a week to determine what it was.

If that wasn't bad enough, I was anemic from the loss of blood, dehydrated, but in the weirdest way, the "water" had settled in my legs and mid-section and I really swelled up. And my kidney as a result virtually shut down, with the next step being dialysis.

So they did an endoscopy, cauterizing the bleeding points, put me on an antibiotic drip and same for electrolytes. They also gave me stiff doses of two diuretics, which ended up losing 30 lbs. in 11 days, virtually all the stored water in my legs and midsection. My kidney started up OK. I was on a liquid diet. Mayo or not, they have some nasty food. But I didn't get to eat for three days. And when I finally did, it was like the worst good the Navy ever prepared. They had teams of doctors coming by to observe me and ask questions. Guess it was the first time they'd treated that strain of Strep. Plus, the nurses would wake me every hour and ask me questions. I suppose they wanted to see if I was improving. When I finally told them to leave me along and quit waking me up, they said, yep, he's getting better.

I forgot to mention they also gave me a blood transfusion of two pints of whole blood. This really did the trick. There just wasn't enough blood getting oxygen to my brain. The severity of the situation came home when the primary doctor told Mary and I that if I hadn't come in on Friday, I would have more than likely been dead by Tuesday. I would just have gone to sleep and not awakened. Let me tell you, that got my attention! When I came in, I couldn't even sign my name on the forms.

Once I got got home, it was about a two week recovery period. Biggest problem for me was a loss of stamina in my legs. Couldn't want far and climbing the stairs was rough and I had to use the railing and pull myself up, step by step.

I'm not telling you this other than to tell you that it might not be cancer, because who in the world would have thought I'd get that nasty infection. Doc said I could have picked it up any time and it just never came to life. I went to some nasty places in the Navy, maybe that was it, or it could have been there since who knows when, but it was definitely in my blood.

I'm praying that your situation is nothing more than roids. You definitely don't want what I had. It's been an interesting two years, diabetes, colon cancer and then this infection. I may change my screen name to "Lucky!" Take care. BTW, great photo of your grandson.

dorookie
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OMGosh, what you went through was horrible, I am so glad you are doing better. Thank you for sharing your story. Other then that how are you doing? Havent heard from you in a while.

I have heard of stories where things viruses or infections can lay inside of you for years, and then just one day Bam it hits you. I am so glad they found out what it was. A lot of crazy things out there.

So good to hear from you...

HUGS
Beth

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Up until that infection, I was doing fine. Now that I've healed, I'm building my stamina but otherwise fee wonderful. I don't really leave messages because there are so many on this board that are in such rough shape that I feel I shouldn't take up the space with messages about myself. I am very upset over Donna's condition. My sister in law died last July 4th from a brain tumor and she was in such pain. it was rough to watch. Sure hope Donna finds her miracle. She's such a positive force for everyone else. Life's certainly not fair, is it? How do you like San Antinio? Finally got rain here last night and by Casa Grande, there was a dust storm followed by hard rain. This ended up with a flash flood warning for those who live in the area. Thanks for asking. How are you and yours doing?

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Up until that infection, I was doing fine. Now that I've healed, I'm building my stamina but otherwise fee wonderful. I don't really leave messages because there are so many on this board that are in such rough shape that I feel I shouldn't take up the space with messages about myself. I am very upset over Donna's condition. My sister in law died last July 4th from a brain tumor and she was in such pain. it was rough to watch. Sure hope Donna finds her miracle. She's such a positive force for everyone else. Life's certainly not fair, is it? How do you like San Antinio? Finally got rain here last night and by Casa Grande, there was a dust storm followed by hard rain. This ended up with a flash flood warning for those who live in the area. Thanks for asking. How are you and yours doing?

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What color was the blood Beth? If it's bright red it is most likely hemmorriods or something else close to your anus. Blood is almost black red before it hits oxygen and then it turns a brighter red. It is great that you know enough and are are getting it checked so quickly.

My original rectal tumor didn't bleed so those poop on the stick test I had for physicals missed everything. I've had a few scares of blood (bright red) the last few years and it has always been roids.

Didn't you just have testing done and everything was fine? Yes you did so try to remain calm and get the scope done and go from there. You owe me a drink at CP8 when it ends up being nothing to worry about.

Lisa P.

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Praying for you. So glad you are getting checked out and all of us understand your anxiousness over this. (Hugs) Jo Ann

dorookie
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It will be an honor to buy you a drink in October. When I first noticed it on friday it was bright red, which is why I didnt go immediately to my PC, I already had an appointment with her on Monday. There was more blood on saturday. I am thinking its roids too, yes I just got scanned on June 1st, and got the all clear. I was going over my scan results today, because I was concerned that I hadnt had a PET Scan and I was getting mad at my ONC thinking I should have had one, cuz if the cancer is back it would have shown over just the CAT scan. But from what I read the CAT did cover the pelvic area and mentioned that the original suture area was improving. That made me feel better. The hold up for me is the look on my PC's face after she did the exam, she just looked scared and so concerned for me.

I didnt get a call yet today, so if I dont hear from them tomorrow I am going to call. I want to get this done, so I can rest and get the well needed beauty sleep.

HUGS
Beth

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This is just my experience, but there was blood in my stool for months and finally had flex scope done and it showed that my blood vessels were so close to my surface that when pushing the blood vessels would break open. Sometimes, and many reasons, blood in stool is not always from cancer, it can be caused by several things. Praying that all goes well which in my heart know it will.

Kim

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You are in my prayers.Take care.

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Beth,

I'm definitely praying for you. Hope it's nothing drastic at all! I know you're scared, so I hope you can get the answer ASAP.

*hugs*
Gail

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Sending prayers, positive vibes, cyber handholding and hugs your way dear!!!
(although I never imagined in my life I would be praying for someone to have "just" hemorrhoids)

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it's nothing, I'm sure, and that's exactly what I'm praying for. Stay strong and try to not worry, although that's a hard request to make and a hard recommendation to follow. Bright red sounds like hemorrhoids to me too! Hope work is going well for you!'
mary

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prayers AND good vibes!!!

Please keep us posted, dear one...you are so special to me!!!

Hugs, Kathi

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Beth my dear friend,

You bet I am praying for you. I hope that you can get through the next few days OK and not be too stressed. I know that is hard and if you do get stressed I pray you have some moments of peace. I know on some days I just pray for moments of relief and peace.

Keep us posted.

Aloha,
Kathleen

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I know exactly how you fill,but try to relax, I have been there not once but so many times during my 4 years journey,and allways have been clear of everything,scans, colononoscopies every year,this last time was more often and accompany by lot of constipation,so I ask my oncologist if he thought that I should do the colonoscopy as it was scheduled that was 3 months later, and he preferred to order one and not wait, well, again everything was clear,perfect picture of my colon, my problem is hemorroids, but even that I have been told that, EVERYTIME that that happens I get down, I don't want to see any blood at all coming from you know where. So as I told you I know how you are feeling, but I am sure is going to be nothing,I will be praying for all clear results.

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I'm praying for you.

Sheri

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Hi Beth,

I can relate- I've had a lot of rectal bleeding lately too. I have a scan Aug. 30th. The CEA has been going down, but I am still suspecting something in the rectum. I was told back in Feb. that I had a recurrence in the rectum, but the May scan reported things as stable and didn't even mention the rectum. We shall see what this one shows. With the dropping CEA though, I am still hopeful. My GI dr told me around Christmas that everything looked ok there and the bleeding was likely from radiation damage, as the colonoscopy did show blood vessels on the inside surface and they did bleed when he touched them w/ the scope. He told me various factors can aggravate those blood vessels.
So, we'll see what this scan shows.

Just wanted to share what my GI dr. had said, in case that could be your situation.
Best wishes, my dear-

Lisa

dorookie
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I got a call today from the GI doctor, my colonoscopy is scheduled for the 27th, so have to wait another week to find out what is going on. I am pretty sure its roids, but it could be anything I guess, but praying for roids..LOL

Good luck on your scan, please keep us posted. Hope you had a great vacation.

HUGS
Beth

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Beth,

I am hoping for roids for you too. I know, I weird thing to wish for a friend but I wish it for you. :)

Aloha,
Kathleen

dorookie
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I am praying for that too. I think only those on this board came understand most others would think we were crazy to wish for roids.

Have a great day

HUGS
Beth

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@Beth: good luck..hope it is roids...and no, everyone knows cancer is a big monster...no one thinks you are crazy..not even those who have never on this board, or had to deal with cancer of theirs, or their relatives...don't think that. Fingers (and toes) crossed for you, Beth! :)
Sophie

dorookie
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Thank you, I am nervous to be honest, but going to get through the week best I can. My Bday is tuesday and I took off from work that day, going to go golfing, and was going to get a tattoo but already did, I will post a picture later, its of an angel praying and I have it on my left wrist, Gots to go church time

HUGS
Beth

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I never had any blood with my cancer. 3 days before my colonoscopy that identified I was almost obstructed, they tested my stool and it was clear. The doctor even like said, "well that's a relief! no blood!"

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dorookie
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Yes I have to laugh at it too, but I am really praying its hemorroids, the bllod has pretty much gone away or its very small amount, that I am thankful for and leads me to believe it might just be the roids. Either way I will find out on friday. Not looking forward to the prep, but who does, I wasnt up for a colonoscopy until next May but why not get it done early I guess.

I will keep everyone posted..

HUGS
Beth

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I am so glad that there is some cessation of the bleeding. It's probably nothing much at all but these small things can really make us worry! Hope that the prep isn't too horrible and that you will report good news to us on Friday. You are in my thoughts Beth!

Amy

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