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Old 10-27-2012, 04:26 PM   #1
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Bright blood in stool, very worried... please help.

Hello everyone, this has never happened to me before. Recently for the past 3 weeks I've been pretty stressed over work. I first started with stomach pain + loose stools, went to the doc for a parasite stool test and everything came back normal. Then my bms went back to normal, but in the past 3 days my bms have been hard to release. The BMs were not extremely hard, but there is some straining involved to get it out. This morning I had a BM that was hard to move, but afterwards everything was fine. I just went to the washroom again to have a small BM, very little came out, was not hard to move, but there was bright red blood on the stool and also in the bowl. It was enough to turn the water pinkish. When I wiped the blood was bright red, not too much but not little either. This is completely freaking me out, what is going on with me?? What should I do? Please give me some advice.. thank you all.

 
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Re: Bright blood in stool, very worried... please help.

Rectal bleeding and abdominal pain requires a visit to the doctor - to rule out something serious. It is possible you have been constipated and straining, thereby aggravating a hemmorhoid from straining on the toilet, something I highly recommend to be avoided. What is your diet like? Are you getting 25-30 grams of fiber plus 64 oz water daily? These are things I would recommend you check out with your doctor to see what he would recommend.

 
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Re: Bright blood in stool, very worried... please help.

My BMs have been quite hard in the past 3 days, so there has been a bit of straining. I never count my fibers when I eat, so I cannot say if I have the proper amount. I have been so stressed that my diet's been pretty rough, being a college student. I will speak to my doctor this week thursday. Can you please explain the difference between a fissure and a hemmorhoid and how long it usually takes for them to go away?

 
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Re: Bright blood in stool, very worried... please help.

Consider asking your doctor about taking a fiber supplement such as Citrucel or Metamucil; it's hard for most people to actually get enough fiber in their diet. Just be sure to get enough water, 64 oz to prevent constipation if you take fiber supplements.

You aren't saying if it is painful to have bowel movements? An Anal Fissure is excruciating pain in my experience; it hurts for a long time after the fact as well. It is a tear in the anal opening by the way, if it does not become chronic, you can get a prescription cream such as Niphediphine to heal the cut. Mine healed this way, it took about 2 months to completely heal.

A hemmorhoid can be either internal or external. An internal is an enlarged vein in the rectal lining area that gets swollen due to increased pressure, made worse by straining when using the toilet. Internal hemmorhoids don't usually cause pain, you'll notice blood on the stool itself and in the toilet; they can also protrude outside the rectal area in a worst case scenario.

An external hemmorhoid is in the skin that surrounds the opening of the anus, you can feel if they are swollen, often causing itching and burning as well as bleeding during a bowel movement. They can get thrombosed, when the blood in the vein clots, this is quite painful. Hemmorhoids will never be cured or healed completely. You can make changes to your diet and lifestyle, plus relieve some of the discomfort with creams and sitz baths but to get rid of them requires surgery, it's a delicate surgery with a long healing period from what I understand.

Bleeding from the rectal area isn't normal and should be checked out by a doctor, and your doctor can also diagnose the difference between an anal fissure and a hemmorhoid and point you in the right direction for treatment. Good luck, hope you get some answers from your doctor Thurday.

 
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:00 PM   #5
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Re: Bright blood in stool, very worried... please help.

Hello again, just wanted to have an update and also some more opinions. Last sunday evening I had a case of bloody stools as mentioned above, after that day my stools went the opposite way, turned to D with no blood. Today I went to the docs again and had my celiac's / xrays come back. Both were negative, and I told the doctor about my bloody stool. She insisted on a rectal exam, in which she stuck her finger into my rectum and did a quick check of some sort. When she did this, it felt pretty painful, I'm not sure if this is the norm. She didn't take any sort of look, it was literally a very quick 2-3 second ..swipe if you will. She said "there are no hemorhoids". Yesterday I had pretty hard stools again, however no blood, I find the stool is only hard at the very beginning when I go, the rest is softer. So after the exam today I came home to the bathroom and went, again the beginning bits were hard, and had some blood on it. I did not have blood for about 2 -3 days now. I'm wondering if her checking has made it come back, and if she didn't feel any hemorhoids, where is this blood coming from? The blood again was on the stool, it was brightish red. Should I start thinking about more intrusive tests? Thanks

 
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