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How normal is rectal bleeding actually?

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Just curious, since colon cancer fears resurface for me every once in a while due to rectal bleeding (minor). How normal/common is rectal bleeding?

I had a clear colonoscopy 6 years ago when bleeding started. Last year i have had an abdominal ultrasound and a Contrast CT, both clear. 

Rectal bleeding started 6 years ago. once every couple of months it can be very noticeable, like a smudge on tp, but about a year ago i discovered that upon closer inspection i can almost ALWAYS find a tiny speck (1 mm on tp) after wiping. Its not food-discolouring, but surely is blood. Every single bowel movement. I dont know if this is new or has always been there because.. you know.. who inspects their tp up that close lol. Well, i do now😏. So time for more tests? Or could this be super super super common but most people would never see/find out because these specks its so tiny and hardly noticeable?

Any experiences you can way in?  When can i let this go OR should i need a new colonoscopy?

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I will tell you what happened to me. I had a clear colonoscopy in January 2017. In July 2019, I had some pain and rectal bleeding. It persisted off and on for a while. The pain got pretty intense at times and it was painful when I wiped. I called my concierge internal medicine physician and he said to use wipes and to eat more fiber and drink plenty of water. In November 2019, it still persisted so I called him back and he said to call my GI physician, who is friends with my internal medicine physician and who I have been seeing for quite some time. I called his secretary on a Thursday and on the following Monday I had a scope which went as far as you can go straight up and not a full colonoscopy as it had not been 5 years since I last went. I was clear except for Hemorrhoids. I tried A&D ointment from Walgreens and that has really helped me. 

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Thank you MARC for the reply! Since you are the only reply.. i can answer my own question i suppose... Not very common ..  So guess i am going private for a new colonoscopy.

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Even though odds are it is nothing, I think it would be prudent to discuss your concerns and symptoms with your physician as speculation can bring on more stress. 

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I will tell you one more story which happened to me when I was 25. I went to the bathroom and when I wiped the tissue was drenched in red blood and the toilet bowl water was all blood red. I had an immediate melt down and had myself dead and buried. It turned out to be a large hemorrhoid. 

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I believe this might be a hemorrhoid or anal fissure. Try eating a little more fiber. Your stools might be hard or you're straining causing the rectal bleeding. I don't feel it is anything life threatening. 

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@MARC i have spoken to my doc many times about this but she feels it cant be something since it hasnt really gotten worse in 6 years and my colonoscopy was clear back then. I dont really trust her judgement because i feel it has ‘returned’ since my pregnancy (more often) and something new could have happened since (or missed with) the previous colonoscopy. Thats why i am considering private even though its cost is a months salary... 

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On 5/21/2021 at 4:05 PM, Mike L said:

I believe this might be a hemorrhoid or anal fissure. Try eating a little more fiber. Your stools might be hard or you're straining causing the rectal bleeding. I don't feel it is anything life threatening. 

Thank u, but could one of those linger for 6 years? And play up every other week or so?

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My GI physician told me that when you have persistent rectal bleeding,  that insurance will pay as long as you have not had a scope recently. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, MARC said:

My GI physician told me that when you have persistent rectal bleeding,  that insurance will pay as long as you have not had a scope recently. 

 

 

Unfortunately it wont here because i am to young for screening (32) and besides screening insurance only pays after GP refers 🥺

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Are you in the USA? 

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On 5/24/2021 at 6:10 PM, MARC said:

Are you in the USA? 

Nope, the Netherlands. My only option is going private in germany.

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That explains your predicament. Thanks. 

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Have you had constipation? If that's not too delicate to ask. 

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Hello @davide.h

 

no i have not. But as said this has been going on on and off for 4-6 years at least. Would be one hell of a constipation lol

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