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Bleeding & abdominal pain

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  • Posted By: pipeorgangal
  • March 22, 2007
  • 04:05 AM

I have been dealing with rectal bleeding on & off for 7 months. First my gp thought that it was hemrrhoids, so we just ignored it. There is never any pain associated with the bleeding, and recently she sent me to a surgeon for a colonoscopy. Apparently everything looked okay. I felt fine until two days later, when I experienced incredible pain in my right side, radiating to my back. My doctor thought I had apendicitis and sent me to the hospital for a CT scan. Everything, again, looked fine, though I felt rather rotten. It was suggested that I return to a clear liquid diet and slowly add lots of fiber. I did this, but I have since had two "attacks" of this nature. My doctor is very kind, but I feel ridiculous.

My blood tests were back to normal 5 days after the apendicitis scare, so I assumed I was fine. I began eating real, normal food (while still incorporating as much fiber as possible) about a week later. The bleeding also started again over the weekend, and she gave me suppositories, but after two days (without even the help of the medication) my bleeding stopped. And yesterday evening my body went "on the fritz" again. I couldn't get warm...my temperature was 95.3 for several hours despite extra blankets and sweaters (I hadn't recently spent time outside either). Eventually I got it back to 96.5 and later 97.3 and felt better, but only until the pain in my side started again. It has lessened overnight, and I have returned to a diet of soup again, but even after eating soup I am quite uncomfortable.

I don't really know what to do. I hate going to the doctor in the first place, and now in the last month I've spent every week either at the doctor's office or the hospital. I'm only 23! I don't have time for this!

Any suggestions would be most welcome.

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  • How is your menstrual cycle?? It may well be linked. Endometriosis can also cause these symptomns.
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  • It's actually pretty regular, though I did miss January. I've now been sent to a gastroenterologist, but I have to wait until April 18th. I'm pretty much afraid to eat, because no matter what I choose and/or how mild it is, I usually regret it an hour later.
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