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Male, 40, 6' 3", 18 Stone, Celiac
I was diagnosed with diverticula about 18 months ago whilst having a colonoscopy for other reasons. It wasn't even discussed with me, my wife found it at the bottom of the results from the hospital and I'd never heard of it. My GP is less than fluent in English and when I've tried to ask him about it he gets flustered and moves on. So, I'll describe the symptoms that I've been having for about 5 years and you tell me if that's normal and I should calm down...agreed? Watch out, it's going to get icky.
2-3 times per month I have wrenching stomach pains that have me running for the toilet, (not always in time, it's that urgent)
Bloodied stools erupt for a few minutes, purple in colour, close to liquid in consistency
I'm left breathless and with 'after-shock' pains
Once I get up I have about 45 minutes until this is going to happen again, (oh, I know this for a fact)
However, this time I get the bonus prize: no stools, just bright red blood, with the occasional clot, that will start like a slow tap and then become a steady drip after about 3-4 minutes. This steady drip will last between 30-45 minutes.
I estimate that there's about 200 ml of fluid, (no I haven't measured)
There willl be a similar but less dramatic recurrence with a few hours
Then it takes about 3 days to return to 'normal' although the only real symptom during this time is the presence of bright red blood after every bowel movement
If this happens at night, I don't wake, I just ruin another bed
There's no pain after the first time, just some muscle spasms
When this is not happening I am broadly fit and well. I smoke, I drink, I have a long history of recreational drug-use. What the hell is wrong with me? How can this be going on for 5 years, and I've been to several different GPs, with little or no interest from the doctor? The advice that I received? "Take iron supplements and these antibiotics when it happens". It got so bad 2 years ago that I was admitted with a suspected heart-attack when what I actually needed was a blood-transfusion, (3 pints, that you very much to Mr Hancock).
Yes, I am English and not comfortable discussing this subject.
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