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You are hereby warned. So I wiped, after a pretty painful BM (they *always* are during AF) and both yesterday AND today I had blood in my stools, I actually examined them. A little Dr Google later and it appears it's a symptom of Gastrointestinal endometriosis which is the kind my REAL doc suspects. So I called him and he asked a few questions to rule out hemerroids (spelling?) and he agreed it sounded like it could be connected to endo especially since I have other symptoms. So he's going to refer me to a Gastrointestinal specialist he knows, and I'm hoping he can get me an appointment during this AF because otherwise I'll probably have to wait for a cycle. the following quote is from here Intestinal Endometriosis - InfertilityPhysician.com
Diagnosing intestinal Endometriosis is relatively easy. A woman with intestinal Endometriosis will tell me that she has significant GI symptoms that vary with her menstrual cycle. The symptoms may be present only at the time of the menstrual period or they may be present all month long and worsen at the time of the period. The most common symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea (but vomiting is rare), diarrhea, increased gas, significant bloating, crampy abdominal pain, painful bowel movements, and sharp stabbing rectal pain. Many women also complain of constipation that seems to vary with the menstrual cycle. Unexplained iron-deficiency anemia may also be a clue to the presence of intestinal Endometriosis. Menstrually associated rectal bleeding is diagnostic of intestinal Endometriosis.
I know how you feel, my symptoms line up exactly with "sciatic endometriosis" according to Dr. Google. Unfortunately, my Dr. doesn't think anything is wrong with me (mostly b/c my pain is from 3DPO until AF, my AF actually is pretty pain-free). It's scary to read that your symptoms line up with a serious disease.
I hope you and your doctor can get to the bottom of this soon!
__________________ Joyful Mama to 2 Sweet little boys
You can never have TMI here Did the doctor say you're appointment with the gastro doc had to be during AF? More than likely they'll want to do a colonoscopy and a microscopy (i think that's what that ones called). Neither one of them are bad. Just the prep for the colonoscopy was rough.
I have the same thing. I know when my endo is growing again because of the way my tummy acts around AF. I'll go months without the blood and then it'll be back. I hope you get some answers soon.
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Our adoption miracle born 12/31/13
06/2004 - Lap for endo and cysts
08/2006 - Lap for endo and cysts
02/2010 - Lap for endo, cysts, and hydrosalpinx repair
02/2011 - Lap for endo, cysts, and RSO
12/2011 - TAH and LSO
5/2012 - Lap for adhesions
4/2013 - Lap for adhesions
Stage IV endometriosis, sever adenomyosis, PCOS, IC