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Old 06-15-2006, 02:54 PM   #1
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What does blood in the stool look like?

This may sound crazy, but bear with me because I am a hypochondriac and I currently am convinced I have some digestive disorder. i thought I may have seen a streak or two of pinkish color in my stool but it is hard for me to tell. If I did have blood in my stool, would it be obvious? It looks normal when I look at it, until I get closer and visually "inspect" it, then I am convinced I see a pinkish color here and there. Does blood ever look questionable like this or am I just obsessing??

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Old 06-15-2006, 04:35 PM   #2
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Re: What does blood in the stool look like?

If your stool was hard, you could have torn alittle tissue and this would bleed. Blood in your stool that is red or pink is usually from this kind of thing. Hemoroids also could cause this. Those are caused by a number of things, like straining to go. Everyone has this from time to time.
Can I ask you if you have you spoken to someone that can help you overcome your being a hypochondriac?
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Old 06-16-2006, 05:40 AM   #3
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Re: What does blood in the stool look like?

Blood in your stool can appear black, bright red or may not be visible at all. If it's bright red, it could be from hemrrhoids but could also be from other causes (I have bright red blood and my colonoscopy revealed inflammation in a couple different areas of my colon that could be the cause of the bleeding-still waiting for the biopsy results for a diagnosis). Occasionally, when I wipe the toilet paper looks pinkish, but I've never seen pink in or on my stools.
My suggestion would be to see a doctor for peace of mind-they can do a fecal occult blood test and/or other tests to give you a definitive answer.

Old 06-19-2006, 04:33 PM   #4
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Re: What does blood in the stool look like?

Ive heard if you have bleeding anywhere in the digestive tract it looks like black coffee grinds. My husband gets haemoroids sometimes and there is red blood then.
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