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Hi All,

I had my 2nd colonoscopy in 2.5 years 2 weeks ago and all results came back NORMAL. Colon looked NORMAL, biopsies came back NORMAL (tested for microscopic colitis), no Hemmhorids, no polyps, no Chron's. My previous colonoscopy was NORMAL except for small internal hemmhorids the doctor found, and he shrugged my symptoms off as IBS.

For almost 3 years, I have been experiencing intermittant diarrhea, dark stools, bright red blood in my stools, orange stools, skinny stools, you name it. I sometimes cramp in my lower abdomen, but it is not persistant. I've always had incredibly intense menstrual cramps, but they are controlled with oral contraceptives, and these cramps are different...

My most recent episode that caused me to seek another colonoscopy was passage of a LOT of bright red blood, LOTS of (green) diarrhea, noticable weightloss, some loss of appetite, and fatigue. My urges to go to the bathroom are very sudden, and I'll go to the bathroom 3-4+ times a day. My PCP did bloodwork testing for Lupus (who nother thing...) and all that came back normal. When I went to the GI for my consultation, I had a fever of 101.1 and my pulse rate was through the roof (104 - I was nervous). After I told the doc my symptoms, he ordered an immediate colonoscopy for the next day.

Oh, and just to lay it out there, this is NOT the first time I've seen blood in the toilet - it is not a fluke, it is not hemhorroids.

I have experienced sudden and severe pain in my lower right abdomen at times, but I have never been diagnosed with appendicitis, and doctors seem to shrug it off. Once, it woke me from my sleep and I almost went to the ER, but it subsided and I was able to go back to sleep. Otherwise, I am generally healthy, young, and active. 25 year old female, 5'5, 110 (unintentionally lost 5-7 lbs recently), no children, fairly good diet, and fairly regular exercise routine. I work a 9-5 job, live with my boyfriend, and try to keep my stress level down (although I do suffer from anxiety sometimes). I do drink more than I should (sometimes 2+ glasses of wine a night and sometimes binge on the weekend during football games, parties, etc.), but I don't smoke cigarettes (marijuana only). My father has Chron's disease that is easily manageable for him, and my (paternal) grandfather has diverticulitis. Neither of these diseases have been found in me. I have had problems with anemia in the past, and last year my B12 was so low the doctors said they'd never seen anything like it. Recent tests have not shown that these problems still exist though.

2 different doctors, after 2 different colonoscopies and several tests, have found nothing wrong with my colon. Why in the world do I continue to have these symptoms (blood, diarrhea, mucous, etc.), and how should I approach this with my doctor after two normal colonoscopies. It scares me, and I am afraid maybe the doctors are missing something. What other diseases or abnormalities (besides hemrrhoids) could cause this?? Of course, I'm afraid of cancer, but as of yet, no cancer has been found. Should I be worries about my small intestines instead of my colon?

Help!
[QUOTE=AlabamaGal;4616827]Hi All,

I had my 2nd colonoscopy in 2.5 years 2 weeks ago and all results came back NORMAL. Colon looked NORMAL, biopsies came back NORMAL (tested for microscopic colitis), no Hemmhorids, no polyps, no Chron's. My previous colonoscopy was NORMAL except for small internal hemmhorids the doctor found, and he shrugged my symptoms off as IBS.

For almost 3 years, I have been experiencing intermittant diarrhea, dark stools, bright red blood in my stools, orange stools, skinny stools, you name it. I sometimes cramp in my lower abdomen, but it is not persistant. I've always had incredibly intense menstrual cramps, but they are controlled with oral contraceptives, and these cramps are different...

My most recent episode that caused me to seek another colonoscopy was passage of a LOT of bright red blood, LOTS of (green) diarrhea, noticable weightloss, some loss of appetite, and fatigue. My urges to go to the bathroom are very sudden, and I'll go to the bathroom 3-4+ times a day. My PCP did bloodwork testing for Lupus (who nother thing...) and all that came back normal. When I went to the GI for my consultation, I had a fever of 101.1 and my pulse rate was through the roof (104 - I was nervous). After I told the doc my symptoms, he ordered an immediate colonoscopy for the next day.

Oh, and just to lay it out there, this is NOT the first time I've seen blood in the toilet - it is not a fluke, it is not hemhorroids.

I have experienced sudden and severe pain in my lower right abdomen at times, but I have never been diagnosed with appendicitis, and doctors seem to shrug it off. Once, it woke me from my sleep and I almost went to the ER, but it subsided and I was able to go back to sleep. Otherwise, I am generally healthy, young, and active. 25 year old female, 5'5, 110 (unintentionally lost 5-7 lbs recently), no children, fairly good diet, and fairly regular exercise routine. I work a 9-5 job, live with my boyfriend, and try to keep my stress level down (although I do suffer from anxiety sometimes). I do drink more than I should (sometimes 2+ glasses of wine a night and sometimes binge on the weekend during football games, parties, etc.), but I don't smoke cigarettes (marijuana only). My father has Chron's disease that is easily manageable for him, and my (paternal) grandfather has diverticulitis. Neither of these diseases have been found in me. I have had problems with anemia in the past, and last year my B12 was so low the doctors said they'd never seen anything like it. Recent tests have not shown that these problems still exist though.

2 different doctors, after 2 different colonoscopies and several tests, have found nothing wrong with my colon. Why in the world do I continue to have these symptoms (blood, diarrhea, mucous, etc.), and how should I approach this with my doctor after two normal colonoscopies. It scares me, and I am afraid maybe the doctors are missing something. What other diseases or abnormalities (besides hemrrhoids) could cause this?? Of course, I'm afraid of cancer, but as of yet, no cancer has been found. Should I be worries about my small intestines instead of my colon?

Help![/QUOTE]

After reading your whole story, I would suggest getting another set of eyes to take a look at you. Have you ever had a CT with Contrast?

I was having some major problems much like yours and after I felt like my doctor was missing the mark, I went to someone else. I have not regretted that decision one bit. My new GI specialist listened to everything I said and then ran all of his own tests.

The turning point was when just as I started tests, I had another bad attack of diverticulitis and the Doctor met me down in the ER. They saw that my colon is perforated and I am going to require surgery. Had I stayed with the doctor I was with, I'd probably die. LOL

So, in short, my answer is to find another GI specialist who you think will listen to you and take you seriously.
I have to agree that you should have the CT scan with contrast. Also, a colonoscopy only goes in the large intestine, not the small intestine. Perhaps your problems are originating there. The CT scan with contrast would show that. You just drink some lemonade-looking (but not as tasty) stuff, wait a period of time, and then they do the CT scan.





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