I have called my reg dr today and asked they refer me to a gastro dr and schedule my colonoscopy. I am just waiting to hear back... I have had a headache for 3 weeks now, cause I can't seem to stop worrying... I have no weight loss, or appetite loss. My stomach really doesn't hurt, I have a couple spots that aggrevate daily but they stay in the same spot.. I am tired of being scared. Can a polyp cause you to bleed alot. Everytime I have bowel movement.
Your bleeding may also be coming from hemorrhoids, a bacterial infection, or a polyp. I seriously doubt at your age you have colon cancer, but the longer you wait the worse it can become. Right now it may just be something benign, but left untreated can grow into something more serious. Never be afraid of what you might learn, fear what you haven't. If you let this go, trust me your body will force you to eventually deal with the problem, and then it may be too late. Act now to stop something simple from becoming serious. It is always best to stay one step ahead of anything with your health, so as soon as something unusual happens, get it checked out. Knowledge is power with your health. I think if you had anything serious, you would have more symptoms by now. If it is a polyp bleeding, it will be removed during the colonoscopy. The test is not a big deal, and you owe it to yourself to have it. Don't wait, be proactive and put your mind at ease. Take care....
You might want to read up on this ...... Blood in the stool can be bright red, maroon in color, black and tarry, or occult (not visible to the naked eye). Causes of blood in stool range from harmless, annoying conditions of the gastrointestinal tract such as hemorrhoids to serious conditions such as cancer. Blood in the stool should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.
Rectal bleeding (known medically as hematochezia) refers to passage of bright red blood from the anus, often mixed with stool and/or blood clots. Most rectal bleeding comes from the colon, rectum, or anus. The color of the blood during rectal bleeding often depends on the location of the bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. Generally, the closer the bleeding site is to the anus, the blood will be a brighter red. Thus, bleeding from the anus, rectum, and the sigmoid colon tend to be bright red, whereas bleeding from the transverse colon and the right colon (transverse and right colon are several feet away from the anus) tend to be dark red or maroon colored.
In some patients bleeding can be black and "tarry" (sticky) and foul smelling. The black, smelly and tarry stool is called melena. Melena occurs when the blood is in the colon long enough for the bacteria in the colon to break it down into chemicals (hematin) that are black. Therefore, melena usually signifies bleeding is from the upper gastrointestinal tract (for example: bleeding from ulcers in the stomach or the duodenum or from the small intestine) because the blood usually is in the gastrointestinal tract for a longer period of time before it exits the body. Sometimes melena may occur with bleeding from the right colon. On the other hand, blood from the sigmoid colon and the rectum usually does not stay in the colon long enough for the bacteria to turn it black. Rarely, massive bleeding from the right colon, from the small intestine, or from ulcers of the stomach or duodenal can cause rapid transit of the blood through the gastrointestinal tract and result in bright red rectal bleeding. In these situations, the blood is moving through the colon so rapidly that there is not enough time for the bacteria to turn the blood black.
Sometimes, bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract can be too slow to cause either rectal bleeding or melena. In these patients bleeding is occult (not visible to the naked eyes). The blood is found only by testing the stool for blood (fecal occult blood testing) in the laboratory. Occult bleeding has many of the same causes as rectal bleeding and may result in the same symptoms as rectal bleeding. It is often associated with anemia that is due to loss of iron along with the blood (iron deficiency anemia). For more information, please see the colon cancer screening and fecal occult blood test articles.
Best of luck to you and prayers are with you that its not serious as cancer !!!!