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Old 04-28-2007, 01:23 PM   #1
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Vaginal Bleeding in elderly

Hi,

My Grandmother who is 85 (86 in July) has experienced mild vaginal bleeding. She first thought she may of scratched herself but she looked and there was no sign of scratches. She has no signs of a UTI (water infection). Im quite concerned because its very unusual for a old lady to experience vaginal bleeding. I was going to take her to A&E but she refused to go because the bleeding is only mild.

Thursday afternoon she found 2 large spots of red blood in her underwear. She wiped herself and the tissue was clean and no other sign of bleeding. Friday morning she noticed 1 small spot of red blood in her underwear and 1 small streak of blood. Then 4/5 hours ago she found 2 streaks/spots of brown blood. She checked again 1 hour ago because she's experiencing abdominal pain but there is no more bleeding.

What can cause vaginal bleeding in a person of my Grandmothers age? My Grandmother is pretty freaked out and is thinking the worst right now because cancer runs strongly in her family (during the female line).

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Old 04-28-2007, 02:55 PM   #2
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Re: Vaginal Bleeding in elderly

It sounds to me like she needs to be seen by a doctor it sounds like her symptoms are worsening now expeiriencing abdominal cramps.
I think it is very important to be seen by a doctor due to her age.
Hope she is soon feeling better!
Let us know what she finds out.

 
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Old 04-28-2007, 03:12 PM   #3
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Re: Vaginal Bleeding in elderly

vaginal bleeding after menopause could be a sign of uterine cancer. i hope this is not what it is but she needs to be checked asap

 
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Re: Vaginal Bleeding in elderly

I really hope it isn't that as well. She has enough health problems as it is (recent ones). I'll make her a doctors appointment on monday and get her sorted out. Thankfully her abdominal cramping has eased off now. Has anyone else experienced this? Could it be a Polyp or something similar?

 
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my 84 yr old mother had the same problem and it turned out to be uterine cancer....she had surgery and is doing good now...i wouldn't let her just blow it off even if you have to drag her to the doctor.. bleeding at that age is not normal....wish i had a better story ....but there is much hope that it can be taken care of.....................peace

 
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Re: Vaginal Bleeding in elderly

i hate to tell you this too,but my mother in law had the same thing happen and it was also uterine cancer,this is actually one of the very first critical signs of uterine or even ovarian cancer in women who are way beyond the child bearing years.the thing is,the earlier you can catch it the better outcome.she needs to be seen as soon as possible.my MIL waited to even say anything about what she was having with the bleeding.we didn't even find out til she was way past any real help.it had started in her well over a year before we knew.she waited,because of fear,just way too long.please get her seen ASAP,so any treatment can be started.it could be minimal at this point.waiting with cancer is never a good idea,ever.i wish her all the luck in the world and who knows,it could be something else.but get her seen soon.please keep us all posted on how things are going,K?take care,FB

 
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Re: Vaginal Bleeding in elderly

Hey peace and fb and thank you for your replies to. I really hope with all my heart it isnt cancer and im sorry about your MIL and mum. Do you know what tests will be performed to check for cancer or anything else? She hasn't bleed today and is very happy about that. She is trying to fob it off now and keeps saying she scratched herself even when she admitted yesteday she did no such thing and hasn't got any nails to do this with. Grandmothers are so stubborn. I personally think she is terrified that its something else wrong with her. I was told by my Gramps years ago she was scared of getting cancer and used to freak out over any little thing because it runs in her family. I'll talk to her tonight and contact the GP tomorrow for a appointment and if I cant get one I'll make sure I get one tuesday. Think Im gonna have to drag her to docs but its worth it.

Im curious but do people with uterine cancer bleed daily or is it now and again? She's had no pains today either luckily so im hoping shes got a water infection thats causing all this. Ill take urine sample to GP too to make certain.

 
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Get her to a Dr. asap. My mother had vaginal bleeding...mild so she didn't think it was anything either...but she DID go to a Dr. It WAS uterine cancer, and even tho they told her they caught it VERY early and there should be nothing to worry about... Nine months later, she was dead.

 
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I've got her a appointment for Friday but it was with the nurse. Nan is adament shes scatched herself so nurse will have a look and if theres no scratches Nan will go doctor same day if there's a appointment.

I hope it isnt cancer and im sorry about your loss. This could be caused by her kidneys I guess or UTI.

 
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Re: Vaginal Bleeding in elderly

I found this post by chance when flicking through.

I am worried now, as my mum is 78 and has been having the exact same problem.

Infact just last Friday just gone she had a scan at the hospital, and now has to wait 10 days for the results.

Cancer was not one of things I was thinking, I've been thinking that my mum has some kidney infection or something similar, as she has also been complaining of lower back pain.

Can't really offer any advice, but just had to say that we are also dealing with this.

Has your gran been complaining about any back pain at all?

 
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