Blood in stools for 2 months...help!!!

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JediMind
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   Posted 4/28/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

For the last 2 months, I have been getting blood in my stool every single time I use the bathroom. It has really been getting me stressed and I'm not sure what I'm meant to be doing. I have read a lot of good information and help on this site and was hoping people out there could shed a little light on what was going on.

I live in Korea at the moment and have visited a doctor on 4 occasions. Each time, he sends me away with the same pills which stop the bleeding for a day, and do nothing more. He cannot speak English very well and the facilities aren't exactly 'top notch'. Last visit (about 3 weeks ago), he gave me a rectal exam with a camera. He claims its a very small internal hemorrhoid.

The blood is bright red (the same color as if you cut your hand) and varies in amount, but there is always at least some. I have been reading online that internal hemorrhoids bleed, though if they continually bleed it may be something more serious. My doctor seems to be very relaxed and almost uninterested. There is no pain, no discomfort, no change in consistency, or the amount of times a day I feel the need to go. Its still 5 months before I go back home too....

Any advice people have would be greatly appreciated, I'm going crazy here!!!

Thanks,

A

Keriamon
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   Posted 4/28/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Bright red blood does sound like an internal hemmroid, but yes, it is odd that it's been bleeding so long. Although I'd think if you had an anal fissure--the other thing that causes that kind of blood--it'd hurt to where you knew about it! Internal hemmroids almost never hurt--although they can itch when they are healing!

Although, come to think of it, there are also things called skin tags. I'll let someone on here who has them tell you if your symptoms match them or not. All I know is they CANNOT be removed like hemmroids.

Are your stools such to cause it to be inflamed a lot? Constipation is the usual cause of bleeding hemmroids, although too much diarrhea can cause you to stay on the toliet too long and can stress them.

Have you tried a hemmroid suppository to help heal it up?

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 4/28/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
What kind of pills stop the bleeding. I have never heard of pills that stop bleeding except a very dangerous one that I can't remember the name of. The only way to stop bleeding is to cause clotting as far as I know if the problem is still there. Do you only have a choice of one doctor? Have you tried something like Prep H as that will shrink hemmies. Could you be bleeding from something else and not the hemmie. I had bleeding once and it lasted about 3 days till it healed as I had popped a hemmie. Never had it since. Are you straining? You didn't say if you had diahrea or were constipated. If constipated use a stool softener. I guess being bright red means new blood but it could be from somewhere else, couldn't it? Is it only on the stool or do you have inbetween bleeding. Mine was everytime I wiped whether I had gone or not but like I said healed fast. I would be concerned also and see if there is another Doctor that could do a colonscopy to rule out anything else.

pb4
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   Posted 4/28/2008 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Canyonbabe711 :)

Actually with my crohns I had alot of bleeding issues and taking bee propolis actually stopped my bleeding...I stopped taking the bee propolis to see if it was just coincidence and sure enough, the first symptom that came back was bleeding so I started taking it again and have been ever since, my GI urges me to continue with it...not that bee propolis is known for stopping bleeding from crohns or other types of IBD but that's what stopped mine.

Bright red blood isn't necessarily only from hemmies, they can happen from internal inflammation as a result of having crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, bleeding is more common with IBD (crohns or UC) bleeding is only common with IBS if there is a hemmie involved.

With my crohns I have perianal crohn's skin tags that keriamon is referring to, they do not bleed like hemmies, hemmies are an enlarged vein issue caused from straining for the most part....here is a link that has pics of hemmies and of perianal crohn's skin tags, the difference is obviouse (which is why to this day I'm still confused why my perianal crohn's skin tags were mistaken for hemmies back 17 yrs ago)...
 
see this link for pics (first pics are hemmies, pics below it are perianal crohns skin tags)...
 
 
 
:)


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

Post Edited (pb4) : 4/28/2008 10:51:41 PM (GMT-6)


JediMind
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   Posted 4/29/2008 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your responses!

In reply to Keriamon. No I haven't tried a suppository due to the language barrier which is faced each visit to the doctor. It does itch on occasion down there and I do get the odd day every few weeks where I am not bleeding. I am never constipated and it is never uncomfortable to pass a stool, there is just always blood on the paper (never in the bowl).

Canyonbabe711, I'm afraid I have no idea what the pills are called. I just take my prescription written in Korean to a desk and they hand me 7 small bags filled with 4 different color pills. I just want to be able to put my mind at ease knowing it isn't anything serious and it seems I cant do that without a colonscopy.

There is nothing external to suggest anything, unlike crohn's disease. Has anyone else out there had internal hemmies that bled for such a long time?

Thanks again :)

Keriamon
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   Posted 4/29/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Canyon, I think it was, had one to rupture once and she bled a lot, but it wasn't for an extended period of time.

Can you not get someone back here in the states to send you some suppositories? Or find an online pharmacy? There are several people on here who use online pharmacies to get stuff from America that's not available in the UK or Australia, and people in the US that gets stuff from the UK and Canada that's not available in the US. So I know someone on here can recommend a legitimate pharmacy (and suppositories are OTC everywhere that I'm aware of).

<<Actually with my crohns I had alot of bleeding issues and taking bee propolis actually stopped my bleeding>>

Do you think it has a vitamin in it that helps clot blood? I know vitamin E is a natural blood thinner; I'm sure there's stuff that's a natrual blood clotter as well.

pb4
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   Posted 4/29/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually I think the bee propolis might be leaning more towards a blood thining, not that it's geared for that either and I'm only going by when I first started with it and got a cut then it seemed to take longer to clot...I know it sounds weird that it stopped my bleeding from the bowels but with luck like that I don't question it...my GI confirmed it's nothing more than a dietary supplement full of nutrients which is why he encourages me to take it daily and indefinitely since it's 100% non-toxic and so long as you don't have allergies to bees then it's perfectly fine.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 4/30/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Aren't there any Doctors there that speak English where you are or can't you get to a larger city where there is one. I still am not sure I would want to be taking something that clots the blood that easily. That really isn't a solution and I think could be dangerous and obviously a temporary fix.

Keriamon, what type of suppository would you use for something like this? They must have them in Korea at a drug store. Don't they have a drug store or pharmacy in the area?

Keriamon
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   Posted 4/30/2008 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't had hemmroids so bad that I needed a suppository (do have pretty mild ones), but isn't Preperation H THE name in all things hemmroid? That's what I would look for in a pharmacy here.

Lori120
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   Posted 4/30/2008 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi.This is my very first time on here. I've been through the mill for the past 2 months. In a period of 4 weeks I've been diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis,rheumatoid arthritis and docs aren't finished yet. I had a colonoscopy and doc said "ulcerative colitis" with the ulcers that go along with that.

Regarding the bleeding, I can only tell you my own experiences. I've had my share of the bowl being bright red from hemroids for many years. Was told not to worry about it. Had them taken out because they got too large but some grew back. Many years later, like in the past few months, I started to once again have the same red blood. I chalked it up to my hemroids. Then I started to also see black in my stool.

To try to make a long story short, the bleeding came from my ulcers. I would never have known that if I didn't get that colonoscopy. The black blood represents bleeding further from the anus and my red blood was from my rectum. INFLAMMATION! Found out I have auto ammune disease and that's where it's been going since.

I personally feel that you really have to try to find a good doctor somewhere and get a colonoscopy. They can visually see your entire colon and take biopsies if necessary. Maybe you do just have bleeding hemroids but I would not waist any time seeking further help.

I hope I didn't make you nervouse. 


JediMind
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   Posted 5/1/2008 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all so much for all your input. I really appreciate the advice. I guess I will have to travel to another city to get treated. I thought this would be the case all along, I just needed confirmation from people out there. What I failed to mention is that for the last 2 months I have been going to the gym and lifting very heavy weights. This may have something to do with it, though it may not, just thought I'd mention it.

Lori120, you didn't make me THAT nervous! :p I know it can be a number of thing causing the condition, I just shouldn't jump to conclusions before I have had the proper tests done.

Thank you all,

A
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