I'll preface this by saying I fully intend to go to the doctor once my insurance becomes active within the next month. Until then, maybe someone here has experienced something similar to me.
Christmas Eve I had a BM and noticed blood, bright red streaks, on the toilet paper and stool surface. I considered it *a lot* of blood, but I don't know what's considered *a lot* Since then, I've noticed bright red blood (more than just a couple drops) on the TP and stool one other time (about a week apart). There wasn't and still isn't pain involved when having the BMs.
Since the second time I saw that blood, I will either see no blood, or a little bit on the paper/stool surface (as opposed to seeing a streak of it). There isn't any pain associated with my BMs, no constipation or diarrhea, and I usually have a BM once or twice a day.
The other symptom I've had over this same time period is minor cramping/irritation (not sure exactly how you would describe it). It isn't painful, more like a minor annoyance. It's not a constant discomfort, comes and goes throughout the day. I'll feel it basically anywhere around my stomach/abdomen/bottom of rib cage, but generally I'd say it occurs on the left side.
My weight hasn't fluctuated, although I've lost maybe 3-4 pounds over the past 5 1/2 weeks, but I've also cut soda out of my diet.
I'm obviously not looking to get diagnosed here or anything like that, but have any of you (or anyone you know) experienced similar symptoms? If it makes any difference, I'm 30 (31 in march), male, about 5'9", 185 lbs, with no family history (that I'm aware of) of any major bowel disorders or colon cancer, although my dad (who's 54) had a polyp removed at age 50 during a colonoscopy.
Most people I've spoken to have told me that due to my age (30, almost 31) the "likelihood" of colon cancer is pretty low, and most likely something else.
I guess what concerns me more than anything is that of the other digestive disorders that I've looked into (chron's, colitis, ibs) I don't seem to have any of those symptoms. I'm sure there are many other things, but those seem to be the most common.
My appetite is fine, and I haven't felt sick/weak/tired etc. I never have any false alarms (feeling like I have to go but nothing happens). I'm not really sure what I'm asking here except how scared/worried/concerned I should be? I'm hoping I'll be able to get to the doctor by the end of Feb.
Thanks for any responses.