I'm having an ongoing problem that is not being helped by the doctor. I had a bowel resection with a permanent colostomy due to developing peritonitis from diverticulitis. This happened in 1999, and after a 2 month hospitalization I recovered with no problems for this next 15 years. Then about 3 years ago I began having a mucus discharge from my rectum.
No one ever mentioned this was a possibility and it periodically occurred since 2014. The doctor said it was normal and did not think it was a big deal although I found it to be a huge hassle. Anyway around 6 months ago I started having blood along with the mucus. The doctor said I have proctitis. He gave me a prescription for a cortisone medication in a suppository. I was shocked at the $317 price for a 7 day supply. When I called to see if there is a cheaper alternative, I could not get him or his staff to return my calls. I gave up after trying to reach him at least 4-5 times. The bleeding is worse and I'm completely frustrated. I now have to wear an extra long sanitary napkin and bleed like I'm having a heavy period from my butt. I'm 65 years old and haven't had to deal with periods for 18 years.
Please - can anyone tell me if there are any medical professionals who handle this problem. I live in Arizona and find the healthcare here stinks. I'm originally from Southern California and would willingly travel to get help. I am so depressed and desperate.
Thanks for any help.