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Old 02-07-2008, 09:50 AM   #1
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Fibro and Rectal Bleeding

I have both of these and it is freaking me out. I have had 3 colonoscopies in the last 6 years and all are normal. They say it is IBS, but the bleeding is scary to me. I am wondering if anyone that has Fibro also has rectal bleeding. I just got the Fibro dx a few weeks ago.

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Old 02-07-2008, 02:12 PM   #2
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Re: Fibro and Rectal Bleeding

How much are you bleeding? Is it bright red blood or dark red? Bright red is better because that means it's closer to the opening. Dark read isn't good from what my boyfriend has said (he has diverticulosis). I bleed a little about 2 times a week, but I only have bowl moments 2 times a week...so I'm assuming it's from my chronic constipation. The real concern is the amount of blood...if it's just a little I would think that's okay.

 
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:04 PM   #3
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Re: Fibro and Rectal Bleeding

You might have "fissures" in your rectum. Especially if there is a family history of rectal bleeding. And if this is the case, nothing will show up as abnormal on your colonoscopies. It just happens that occasionally, the rectal wall will tear, by an especially bad bout of constipation, or from straining too hard, or a lot of stress in your life. It is not a really serious thing, but can be VERY frightening when it happens. You might look into this possibility with your gastroentologist.
I have it, as does my older brother, and my father had it really bad. I am not by any means a medical doctor, but rectal bleeding is something I live with, and my colonoscopy as well as the several that my brother had, and the many my father had, were all normal as well.
This would indicate that maybe, this may be the case with you as well. This also seems to be common among Native American peoples. We (my family and I) have a lot of native blood in us.
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:25 PM   #4
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Re: Fibro and Rectal Bleeding

I've had it on and off for years now. If all your tests are coming up fine, then it's probably due to constipation, hard stools, pushing too hard, or h-roids. Add some more fiber to your diet and drink lots of water.

I don't have much of an appetite, so I drink slim fast shakes to get my fiber and protein. The bleeding has improved and I'm able to go more often. Twice a week seems to be normal for me now, where before I was only going once a week, if that.

 
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