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    Old 01-10-2005, 06:59 PM   #1
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    Flu and bloody stools

    I am wondering what causes bloody stools. I have what I believe to be the flu. Diarrhea and body aches. I also get these stomach cramps and when I go to the bathroom, there is a bloody mucous. I don't think the blood is actually in the stool, but is just there. When I wipe, there is blood on the paper. Does anyone have any idea why this would be happening? Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Old 01-10-2005, 09:34 PM   #2
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    Re: Flu and bloody stools

    You can have gastric flu and the blood could be aused by irritated hemorrhoids. But, you really need to be checked out by a doctor!!

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    Old 01-11-2005, 12:33 AM   #3
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    Hi MaryAnn,
    It sounds like you could possibly have IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). I would suggest you get in touch with a good gastroenterologist and have a colonoscopy done. Don't leave it too late. I had symptoms similar to yours and was diagonsed with ulcerative colitis back in '97. I was put on anti-inflammatory drugs but it was only a temporary measure as I was in and out of hospital 3 - 4 times a year. It wasn't until just a year ago that my aunt suggested I go on a wheat-free diet and it worked a treat. It has actually been my cure. If you find out you do have IBS or IBD try cutting out wheat. Hope this helps.

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