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Old 09-21-2003, 10:27 AM   #1
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I am very concerned. About six months ago, when I had a bowel movement, a substantial amount of blood came with it (bright red). I was pretty sure this was hemmrhoids, but did not do anything.

Since then my stools have been pretty small in diameter (probably about the circumference of a quarter, as opposed to the normal silver dollar). I have had a couple of stools that have been normal in diameter, most recently after taking dulcolax (the second time I took it, it gave me diarrhea). Does anyone know what could be the problem? The health center I go to told me I had hemmrohoids and constipation, but this has been a while already.

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Old 09-21-2003, 03:41 PM   #2
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You need to use Metamucil which will help bulk up your stools as well as relieve your constipation. You also need to increase your water intake and exrecise. Drink prune juice or eat prunes routinely. Also make it a habit to sit on the toilet every morning after you eat your breakfast to try to get your bowels regulated. Do not sit longer than 5 minutes on the toilet at any time and do not strain when trying to have a BM. Since you did pass blood once and have had a change in your stools you should also ask the doc about a colonoscopy just to be on the safe side.

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