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Graham123
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   Posted 1/12/2006 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
hi peeps im a 16 year old boy and sometimes i go to the toilet and theres blood on my poop and on the toilet paper and then other times i go there is absolutely nothing this happened today for the first time in months and im wondering what it could be. i was thinking its just maybe cos ive passed a hard stool or summit because it if was summit else id probably have continuous bleeding. sorry if this is in the wrong area. thanks

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   Posted 1/12/2006 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Graham, welcome to the IBS forum! :-)
Is the blood bright red (like it's fresh)? Blood can be a sign of IBD or a hemorrhoid.
My sister recently starting seeing small amounts of blood in the toilet sparatically. She freaked out and went to the doc. Ended up being an internal hemorrhoid. Doc said not to worry that EVERYONE has them and sometimes they flare up.
You may want to consult a doc just to be on the safe side. But in the meantime I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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   Posted 1/12/2006 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Graham,

Since you didn't describe the color of the blood and 7Lil asked if it were bright red, I want to ask if it was dark red and looked like coffee grounds? If so that could be a sign of internal bleeding. I agree with 7Lil you may want to consult a doctor.

Good luck, you are in my thoughts.

Rene'

Graham123
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   Posted 1/12/2006 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
hi thanks for reply. it was bright red this is the first time in months ive had it and then it goes away again. i was thinking if it was anything serious it would be continuos

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   Posted 1/12/2006 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you eat enough fiber and drink plenty of water? Have you recently taken a job that keeps you seated all day?
If you don't get enough fiber and/or drink enough water your stools can become hard and cause anal fissures. Those are little tears on your anus from straining. Preperation-H can relieve the pain.
Also, if you go from being active day to day to sitting all day long it can cause internal hemmies to flare. (that's what happened with my sis)
Just something to think about....
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Graham123
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   Posted 1/12/2006 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
i spend alot of time on the internet and sometimes i eat alot of fiber and sometimes i eat junk food. i dont have blood all the time though. do you think it is anything to worry about?

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   Posted 1/12/2006 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Honestly, no, I don't think it is something to worry about. HOWEVER, I am not a doctor - I only say this from what I have observed.
If you develop any pain or dark stools or lots of blood, you should see a doctor for sure.
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Graham123
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   Posted 1/12/2006 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
no ive not had any pain but sometimes my stools are dark but when they are i have been drinking alot of ribena when that happens and if i dont drink that they arent dark. i think it was just a tear in the lining of my bottom maybe

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   Posted 1/12/2006 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
What is ribena? Is it like Pepto-Bismol (the pink stuff for diarrhea)? Lots and lots, and LOTS, of veggies and Pepto seem to be a couple of the few things that cause dark/black stool.
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Graham123
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   Posted 1/12/2006 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
sorry im british. ribena is a blackcurrant squash drink

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   Posted 1/12/2006 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm.... I'm not familiar with it.  But if you have experimented (pooping) with it then I'm sure you're right.  Keep an eye on your poops and make sure to seek help if you find anything alarming.
Good luck.  And thanks for the info on the British squash drink.  tongue
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Graham123
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   Posted 1/12/2006 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for your help everyone

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   Posted 1/12/2006 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I would think that black currant juice would color your stools dark.  Mine get red after drinking fruit punch Kool-Aid.  And I seem to recall that currants or currant leaves are used in dying clothes traditionally, so that would explain its color's staying power. 
 
Do you have to strain to have a bowel movement frequently?  The best way to keep from making your hemmroids bleed (assuming that's your problem, which it most likely is) is to have soft bowel movements.  If you are only constipated occasionally, I wouldn't worry about it much.  Take a laxative if you can't have a bowel movement (I usually wait until I have been "needing to go" for about 24 hours before I take a laxative).  If you have small, hard stools or have to strain frequently, then you may want to look at taking something on a regular basis.  Doctors and a lot of people swear by fiber, but you have to be careful that it doesn't give you gas and cramps.  Aloe vera pills seem to work pretty well--try one a day and see if that makes any difference; take more or less as seems necessary.  Also, there's grandma's remedy of prune juice.  (You can always eat prunes too).  I have no idea what a normal "dose" of prune juice might be, but you can experiment; everyone will need a different amount anyways.  Then there are epsom salts and I think syrup of ipecac, but those both taste bad, so you'll probably want to regulate them to the realm of laxatives to be taken when needed. 

blondie15
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   Posted 1/12/2006 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Graham. Im 15 (almost 16 in a couple months yay!!) too! Its kinda nice to see someone else my age on the board hehe. I sometimes have that...and its always at the very end of the bowel movement and kinda looks reddishy orange. I only have it though if I had diarrhea very badly...hope yours is nothing to worry about!

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   Posted 1/12/2006 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually all fibre can cause gas and bloating, even for healthy peeps, so it's recomended that you increase your fibre slowly (still expect some gas and bloating though), so your body can adjust to it accordingly. Insoluble fibre is good because it absorbs up to 10 times it's weight in water, something like metamucil or Prodiem which also contains a mild laxative so you don't get constipated.

BTW, fibre/fibre supplements are recommend for IBDers, IBSers and anyone with either/or C or D, it helps to regulate normal bowel/stool, function, any good doc/dietician will say the same thing.

roadtrip
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   Posted 1/13/2006 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   

hey Graham, I'm British Too!

Not sure if this is very usefull or not, but a nurse said something to me a while ago which is actually quite obvious when you think about it...

If you are seeing red blood then in a way that is a good thing - the fact that the blood is coming out bright red means that it hasn't been discoloured by your system and is therfore not deep inside your guts, but instead towards the end - hopefully therefore it is only a minor problem, probably just something getting irritated when you poop

If the blood was more darker and more discoloured that would indicate a more deeply entrenched problem

So hopefully then it is nothing to worry about, but if it does persist and if it is painfull, it would probably be a good idea to get it checked out by a doctor to put your mind at rest  

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