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I am starting to stress.

I am a 29 y/o male. I am in good shape, work out 5-6 times a week and try to eat a healthy diet. I have had what I am pretty sure are hemhorroids for a while now (first noticed over 10 years ago). I did my research back then and because they never caused me any trouble other than potential embarrassment, I've never addressed the issue to a Doc. I do get the ocassional bright red blood on the toilet paper, but other wise, no problems there.

I have also ocassionally (starting the past 3 years or so) been woken in the middle of the night with throbbing rectal pain that always seemed to be constipation like and would go away after 20 mins or so.

BUT, the past couple weeks have gotten me worried. Starting probably a week and a half ago, I started feeling constipated, almost plugged up. I had been eating a LOT of Fiber One and began to wonder if I might have over done it to the point of blocking up. Through last weekend, it was harder and harder to pass much other than gas, and I had lots of gas (though I usually do with what I eat). As this week continued it really seemed like I was eating much more than was coming out and I was feeling bloated because of it. I was taking stool softeners through the week and drinking lots of water without things changing. Starting mid-week, when I tried hard, I began passing "pencil thin" stools consisteltly, and still passing very little compared to what I was taking in. As of this weekend, I tried prune juice and Milk of Magnesia which had me passing either watery or pencil thin stools still. It also feels like my sphincter/rectal muscles are very tight now.

Too much of it is starting to match up with scary symptoms. I did get the throbbing rectal pain for the first time in months again last night too. I'm thinking it's time to find a doctor. But I would also love to hear some opinions here too. Could I just be constipated? Stressed? Can hemhorroids, if flaring up, cause the pencil thin stools?

Thank you for your time/advice--I appreciate it!

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