- Over the last few weeks I had noticed that it was difficult passing when I had a bowel movement. It seemed very hard and I felt a sharp cutting pain at the opening of my rectum when I went to the bathroom. My diet has not been wonderful (in fact I eat a lot of fast food). I didn't feel constipated, it was just very hard and I noticed a few drops of blood on the paper. That worried me so I changed my diet to more fruits, water, veggies, and no fast food at all. Also, I have started taking a stool softener. Within 24 hours of doing that, it was easy to pass and i had no blood. I will be going to the doctor in January for a check up (she is booked until then). My question is, I'm a little worried to come off of the stool softener because I dont want to bleed again. I haven't had a chance to talk to my doctor about taking them on a regular basis. Is this safe?? I am taking "equate" brand from Walmart and have experienced no cramps or pain while taking them and have only taken them for 4 days now. Is there anything I can take on a regular basis to help keep my stool soft?? Maybe a certain food, herb, tea? Thanks - Catherine
On a side note: This type of problem runs in my family. Both my grandmother on my mom's side and my father have this problem. In fact, my grandmother had to take stool softeners and laxatives for years. I just dont see how this is healthy. Please help.