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    Old 10-10-2015, 08:52 AM   #1
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    Hi. For 2 weeks now I have been finding blood in my stool. It is mixed in with the stool and is bright red and sometimes black. Over the 2 week period I have not had diarrhoea or abdominal pain. I have not lost weight or lost my appetite. I don't have fever or fatigue. The stool has been a bit looser than normal. I have undergone a rectal examination and I'm not showing symptoms of piles. My GP has ordered some blood tests. I am wondering if someone can give me some guidance on what this might be? My GP was quite reluctant to say. Thanks.

     
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    Old 10-10-2015, 12:56 PM   #2
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    Did your doctor rule out hemmorhoids and anal fissure? Are you taking any medications or vitamins or supplements(i.e.iron?) It is most likely your doctor will recommend further testing, could be either a colonoscopy and possibly an endoscopy as it would be very difficult to diagnose with only a digital rectal exam.

    Bright red blood on the stool is often hemmorhoids or anal fisure,however maroon or darker red can be a bleed from the lower GI Tract; black stool hat is sticky and tarry could be an upper GI bleed, the smell is foul. Black stool that is not sticky and tarry could be due to ingestion of Pepto Bismol or iron, etc.

     
    Old 10-10-2015, 01:48 PM   #3
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    Re: Blood In Stool

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    Did your doctor rule out hemmorhoids and anal fissure? Are you taking any medications or vitamins or supplements(i.e.iron?) It is most likely your doctor will recommend further testing, could be either a colonoscopy and possibly an endoscopy as it would be very difficult to diagnose with only a digital rectal exam.

    Bright red blood on the stool is often hemmorhoids or anal fisure,however maroon or darker red can be a bleed from the lower GI Tract; black stool hat is sticky and tarry could be an upper GI bleed, the smell is foul. Black stool that is not sticky and tarry could be due to ingestion of Pepto Bismol or iron, etc.
    Doctor didn't rule anything out except piles. I'm not taking any vitamins or supplements. The stool has never actually been black, it just has small pea-sized black spots in it sometimes.

     
    Old 10-10-2015, 04:38 PM   #4
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    I had forgotten to ask, did your doctor do a fecal occult blood test? Or did simply order a complete CBC and chemistry screen?

     
    Old 10-11-2015, 03:02 AM   #5
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    Yes she has asked for a stool sample for testing.

     
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