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Blood in stool and prolonged diarrhea - Pls help!

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  • Posted By: aparacha
  • March 13, 2010
  • 03:12 AM

I am writing this on behalf of my wife out of sheer desperation. She is 28 years old and started noticing blood in her stools about 4 months ago. the blood was normal blood color and noticeable. Initially it was occasional but heavy. That happened for a few weeks and then it stopped for about a month. We ignored it and went abroad on holidays for 10 days. She had severe bleeding in her stools on the first day of our holidays but then nothing happened for another 10 days or so. When we flew back to London, she had severe bleeding in her stools again on the day we got home from the airport. This was about 2 months ago and since then she has been bleeding regularly. She had to be admitted in the hospital for a night. She was given IV liquids for rehydration etc. and lactose milk to help soften her stools. But then things got worse when she took the lactose milk. She got severe diarrhea (5-6 times in an hour at times) which she has now had for over 4-5 weeks and its not going. We have been going regularly to the doctors throughout who have examined her for piles, had her blood and stool tests done and even sent her for a flexible sigmoidoscopy but nothing specific has come out of any of this! When we spoke to the consultant after her sigmoidoscopy he said that he can't detect anything and she might have "touch and go" piles and that she just needs to relax. On the plus side we were relieved that there isn't anything serious to worry about but on the downside she is still having rectal bleeding and severe diarrhea and we don't know why is it happening or how to treat it. She has not been given any medication whatsoever! She recently passed a long, blackish type thing in her stools that looked like a worm. We took a sample and took it to the doctor who has sent it for further testing.
We have 3 young children (under 7) and are very worried as the doctors in UK are really not giving us the kind of attention we want. This is partially due to the fact that NHS offers free medical service and will avoid extending help if they don't see an obvious reason. My wife's mom was diagnosed for breast cancer about 10 years ago which was successfully treated but that has kept us stressed as well.
I would really appreciate if someone can kindly give us some guidance about what what could we possibly be dealing with here and what to do about it. My family and I will be much obliged. Thanks

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