First of all, thank you to all of you who have been following my son's story and for your prayers and concern.
Trevor had his colonoscopy and upper gastro endoscopy this morning, and it went as well as it could go for such a procedure.
The gastroenterologist was convinced he'd find a polyp, as Trevor had the perfect symptoms for juvenile colon polyps, but he found nothing in the c-scopy. It appears that his colon is perfectly healthy. So why he is passing bright red specks of blood, about the size of rice grains, in his stool between 1-4 times a week, and has been for the last two months, is now a complete mystery. The doctor has ordered detailed blood work to be done and a biopsy of a flesh sample from the colon for H. pylori.
The doctor thinks maybe Trevor has tiny fissures that are just not healing up (if fissures are small enough, they often don't appear in c-scopies); so he is going to prescribe a medication that, from what I understand, is applied to the anus and "works its way up" into the rectum after a while.
Bleh, that should be a joy to apply.
Other than that, no answers. I'm not sure what to think. Is this good news? Bad news? All I am left with is still the basic question--what is going on with my son? I wouldn't be concerned if this were not such a consistent thing going on, but really, just how "normal" can it be for a person to be passing even tiny amounts of blood in their BMs so consistently? I mean, the longest he went without passing blood specks was two weeks, and then it started up again almost every day since Oct. 13th. I have even wiped a glob of bloody mucous off him that was about the size of a pencil eraser a few days ago. All these things described, according to his doctor, fit the description for colon polyps, and his doctor even told me, "I was surprised and a bit disappointed that I found nothing, because if I had, this problem would be solved."
The best diagnostic results we got from this procedure was from the upper gastro endoscopy. Trevor has acid reflux, but has been what his doctor says is a "silent sufferer," because he's never once showed any signs of indigestion or stomach pain, and doesn't throw up or feel nauseated. But the pictures show his stomach is inflamed and a small upper portion has the very beginning stages of an ulcer.
I must say, I'm glad I know this now! My goodness, I'd have turned from the wreck I am now to a complete and utter basket case should he begin puking up blood along with pooping out blood within the next few weeks or so without this to my knowledge! So tomorrow he begins treatment for acid reflux.
By tomorrow, or at least no later than Monday, I'll have the results of the biopsy and bloodwork, and next week he goes in for a follow-up, and when we'll decide where to go from here.