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Old 01-30-2003, 07:32 AM   #1
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my husband has been having bloody bowel movements with occasional blood clots for the last 3 months. (alot of bright red blood, that you cannot see the bottom, some days worse then others, occasionally only a few spots... his stool appears normal and not dark or shaped out of the ordinary) I will give a brief history. He is 33, has had internal hemmoroids 10 years ago. He has no pain, no change in bowel habits, no other symptom other than the blood. (in fact he recently gained weight, from quitting smoking) He was seen by his primary dr last week, sigmoidscope showed nothing. Chemical tests showed alot of blood. Referred to a specialist, colonoscopy scheduled for this coming Tuesday. The specialist was quite concerned about the clots, and kept asking if anyone in his family has had colon cancer (his mother had uterine cancer at age 33/34) I am so scared, I just don't know what to think. Can this be anything other than cancer? I am mostly concerned because he has no other symptoms. Thank you so much in advance for any help

 
Old 01-30-2003, 10:29 AM   #2
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This is probably a return of the haemmarrhoids. They can produce bright red blood, that indicates fresh bleeding, so try not to worry.

 
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Old 01-30-2003, 11:35 AM   #3
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Could possibly be ulcerative colitis if he recently quit smoking. For some strange reason nicotine helps that. Just an idea.
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Old 01-30-2003, 08:15 PM   #4
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if it is a return of internal hemmoroids wouldn't they have been seen on the sigmoidscope? He had that done last week, and the dr saw 2 spots where he did have them, but that wasn't causing the bleeding. Could they be higher up then this instrument could detect?

Also I have been doing some reading on the link to quitting smoking and ulcerative colitis. Thank you both so much for your help.


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