Hi I wonder if you can help me. I have been to the doctors and am waiting for an appointment for a colonoscopy. The problem is I have been bleeding from my bottom for three months now. At first it was red blood and mucus, then dark blood with clots in, then red blood with clots in. Then I had diaoreah for weeks with is basically sometimes just all blood. It comes out so fast and I have to go to the loo so many times a day. I don’t go far from my house because of this problem. The doctor referred me as a routine investigation so the hospital said it would take longer to see someone. I personally feel it’s auite urgent. The more I read i’m So scared it’s cancer. Any advice would be really helpful. I’m a single mum and don’t really have anyone to talk to about this
I am not a doctor and so please don't take this as medical advice.
You are below the age where cancer is a likely cause, but I can well understand why you're worried. I've checked the NICE guidelines, and they say to refer people on an urgent pathway if
They are aged 40 and over with unexplained weight loss and abdominal pain
They also say to refer on a two week pathway people who under 50 with rectal bleeding and unexplained findings of: Abdominal pain; Change in bowel habit; Weight loss; Iron-deficiency anaemia.
If you think any of these apply to you then you can go and see your doctor again and discuss the situation, or see a different doctor for a second opinion.
Just beware of the anxiety trap: Getting an urgent two-week referral for suspected cancer does not mean you really do have cancer. In practice, 9 out of 10 patients who get such a referral turn out not to have cancer.
However, this forum is full of people who have convinced themselves they have cancer, who visit their doctor and persuade him or her to put them on an urgent referral. The doctor agrees so that it will "put the patient's mind at rest". However, the patient now panics because the doctor has put them on a two week pathway!
I suggest you take a print out of the relevant NICE page - I linked to it in a previous posting, and then you can ask the doctor why you don't fall into the relevant category.
Please let us know how you get on.
Hello and thanks for posting on the forum,
I am sorry to hear about your situation. I can understand that it can be worrying when you have unexplained symptoms.
Telemando on the forum has given you some good advice. I do hope that you managed to get an appointment with your GP so you can discuss your situation. Bringing the NICE guidelines along may help the doctor explain whether they think you should be referred for an urgent appointment or not. We do have some information on our website about people with suspected cancer being referred for an urgent appointment which you can look at here
I would try to stay away from google. This is because it is so general and you will not be able to work out what is wrong. It is only really when you have had a variety of tests that the doctors will be able to find out what is going on.
I hope that this has helped. If you would like to give us a ring when you have seen the GP please do so. You may find it helpful to talk things through with one of the nurses on our helpline. The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.