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Old 07-22-2007, 01:33 PM   #1
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constipation, slight blood in stool, not sure whats going on

Alright, this is my first time posting on a health board and I'm not sure how to phrase everything, nor am I really sure what information people would need to help me figure this out, so bear with me.

For the past two months or so I've been experiencing consistent constipation-- didn't think anything of it at first-- and have been, very occasionally, noticing small amounts of blood (like a dot or two) when I wipe-- not sure if that would be considered blood in stool or not per se.

I've read that constipation can be caused by a poor diet and for a long time I was drinking extreme amounts of soda-- more than I drank water-- which I've read can cause dehydration and thus constipation. I began cutting down last week when I read about this, but theres no change yet. Would the dietary issues explain the blood though, or is that an indicator of something more serious?

 
Old 07-22-2007, 02:07 PM   #2
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Re: constipation, slight blood in stool, not sure whats going on

if you don't have roids/tags or pain during bm i would schedule an appointment w/ a colorectal specialist.

* stop drinking soda and stick w/ water, at least 64oz a day.
* metamucil/benefiber twice a day, 1 stp in the am and pm
* no red meat
* colace, 1 pill 2x daily
* eat greens and foods - rich fiber
* flax oil

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Old 07-22-2007, 03:48 PM   #3
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Re: constipation, slight blood in stool, not sure whats going on

What do you mean by roids/tags? I'm not familiar with the term. And does this sound like a simple dietary problem?

<edit> also on another note-- is there any information i should be posting about myself? you know, age, all the health kind of stuff?

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Old 07-22-2007, 04:01 PM   #4
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Re: constipation, slight blood in stool, not sure whats going on

I think he means hemroids...not sure what the second term means...

Bleeding could be caused by them (Brits refer to them as "piles") or something else...here's a suggestion: Try getting an appt. with your primary care doctor. Then ask her/him for a referral to a GI specialist (doctor that specialises in diseases of the digestive system, sometimes referred to as a gastro or colorectal specialist). It's a lot easier for you to get into a GI specialist if your primary care doc refers you than if you call yourself (and some insurances require it).

Good luck and good health.

A.

 
Old 07-22-2007, 07:15 PM   #5
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Re: constipation, slight blood in stool, not sure whats going on

Alright well I've got no "itching in the rectal area" and I don't think I've got any swelling (which are pretty primary symptoms in most cases) so I'm thinking it is not hemroids. I'm going to definitely stop drinking soda and start drinking a whole lot of water. What do metamucil, flax oil, and colace do respectively?

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Old 07-22-2007, 10:03 PM   #6
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Re: constipation, slight blood in stool, not sure whats going on

hi ok problem here,
I would definitely see your doctor if you have a change in bowell habits and/or blood. They will be hestiant to do to much other than suggest to change your diet to more fiber and drink lots of water to see if that helps. They should also want to do a fecal blood test which should be part of annual exam check up in any case. But you can still have a problem and if you are over 50, then you and every male over 50 should have a colonoscopy.

Colace is a stool softener which retains water in your stool. Metamucil and other similar additives are fiber suppliments that add bulk and moisture to your stool and make it easier to pass.

But remember they can also mask an underlying problem. Diverculitis, colon cancer, hemmoroids, polyps and other things can all cause symptoms similar to yours and you would want to make sure all of those possibilities are ruled out or fixed if they are there. Spotting blood can just be a small tear related to your constipation problem. As you get older you do have to watch what you eat and drink more or you will have constipation problems. Good health habits pay off big time in the long run.

 
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