How do I know if there is blood in my stools?

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   Posted 9/6/2007 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
As I've mentioned in another thread, I've been dealing with some watery diarrhea lately anywhere from 2-4 episodes per day. Last Friday I surpassed my old record of 7 BMs in one day with 12 BMs on Friday. I'd say that within a 6 hour period on Friday night I had 8 or 9 of those 12 BMs. I never did see anything red in them but the matter that came out was watery and dark brown colored (with an exceptionally foul odor). How do you know if you're passing blood in your stools? What should I look for?

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   Posted 9/6/2007 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, If I were you I would call my doctor and let them now how many bm's you having and how watery
they are.
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   Posted 9/6/2007 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
red blood usually indicates colonic inflamation, fissure, or hemmorhoids. As far as blood from higher up in the GI tract it tends to look like coffee grounds
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   Posted 9/6/2007 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I have blood in my stool and I had an enscopy done yesterday and my esophagus and my stomch,they are both inflamed really bad and for me this is why I am passing blood and it is of dark and looks like coffie grounds.When you have bright red it's usally from hemmies.I would surgest that if you have not all ready mention it to your GI now is the time to do so.

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