bloody stols.. what may i have???

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   Posted 4/9/2007 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, for the past month I been passing blood and mucus when going to the toilet. For the first 3 weeks I didnt have any other symptoms or pain but for the past week or so, I have had very very slight abdominal pains come and go and my stomach tends to growl sometimes. I go to the toilet as usual but my stools seem to be softer and i open my bowls twice a day compared to once. I haven't lost any weight and i still have an appetite. I'm 26 years of age and no history or colon cancer in my family. What do I have??? Thanks.

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   Posted 4/9/2007 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
There is no way we could tell. Go to a Dr. to rule out anything serious which is unlikely at your age. It could be bad hemroids but you need to see a Dr.

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   Posted 4/9/2007 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for your reply

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   Posted 4/10/2007 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Definitely see a doctor about bleeding. This is NOT a normal symptom, it's indicative of some sort of problem. it could be something as simple as hemorrhoids, or it could be something chronic, like Chron's or Ulcerative Colitis. You could have a small GI bleed. You need a definitive diagnosis, and then will be able to start management for whatever it is, and hopefully get better, or manage it better at least. Good luck!

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   Posted 4/10/2007 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a very little blood in my stools & my Dr ordered a Colonoscopy in Dec.I was dx with IBS.I have since learned to eat better,& avoid trigger foods.I had to reintroduce foods back into my diet,even some trigger foods on a tsp.of those do I eat & I'm doing very well now.I take Pamine also for it.
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   Posted 4/10/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks snowylynne and sunshine. did u ever get a grumbling stomach? i get it sometimes. I should go ad see a doctor I know but I'm trying to avoid it for now because im in a foreign country and also because I'm scared a little. I'll try just eating fruit and vegetables and fiber enriched foods and i'll see how i go

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   Posted 4/10/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Prevail, one thing to take note of with bloody stools: is the blood very dark, nearly black maybe, or quite a bright red? A bright showing of blood means the blood is fresh and more than likey due to hemmeroids but you need to get it checked as it could also be a tear or a cut. If the blood is dark you need to get yourself to the doctors or maybe even the hospital as this means it is old blood and could be from internal bleeding and this needs to be sorted as it can be dangerous.

I do not mean to cause you any alarm but feel this should definatly be mensioned to you. I have been throught this also and realise blood can look dark on the stools so take note of the colour on the toilet paper, but please go to a doc anyway to get checked.

Best wishes,

Indigo


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   Posted 4/11/2007 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
hey there indigo. thanks. ive had this for 5 weeks now. and the blood has been bright recently. can hemmeroids last for this long?? does going to the gym affect what i have?

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   Posted 4/11/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Prevail, 5 weeks is a long time but if you have irritated a hemeroid or you have a tear and you keep going to the toilet then it is possible for it to not have the time it needs to heal, note i say possible. I would have this checked out as soon as you can, it really should not have been left 5 weeks. Going to the gym could, again POSSIBLY, effect it if you are doing a lot of movement. Jumping around, cycling, squats etc could all be moving your insides around and not letting them rest. I strongly urge you to get this seen to tho, as it has been going on too long and no one here is qualified to give you a definate answer to this, only advice.

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   Posted 4/11/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks indigo.. i suppose i'll have to go to the doctor. I hope its not anything serious.

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   Posted 4/11/2007 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
This is sort of gross but when I had bleeding I took a piece of toilet paper that just had the blood on it so the Dr. could see the color. As soon as he looked at it he said Hemmroid. There was not stool on the paper that I took. Sorry, all.

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   Posted 4/11/2007 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Canyon, it's good info! Don't be sorry... Keri talks about taking her doc pics of her poop.  tongue   Anything goes here. LOL


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brandii
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   Posted 4/12/2007 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Prevail,

My husband recently had bloody stools and we went to the doctor immediately (I have been working in hospitals and know that bright red blood in stools should be reported immediately). Often it is something basic like hemorrhoids or fissure but you should get treatment/tests to rule out anything else. The doctor gave him some suppositories (to help the infection/inflammation in the lower GI tract) to be used twice daily after a bowel movement and/or at night before bed, and this stopped the bleeding completely. He needs to continue for 2 weeks before doing the test for fecal occult blood. This way they would be able to better determine the source of bleeding. Don't delay, check with a doctor immediately, better safe than sorry.

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   Posted 4/12/2007 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks brandi.. how long did he have the bleeding for??

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   Posted 4/12/2007 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
He had bleeding just on one occasion when passing stools. It wasn't just trace bleeding or on the surface of stools - rather like drops of fresh blood, which made us alarmed and on my insistence we saw a walk-in doctor because the family doctor was not in that day. Fortunately, he has not had bleeding since then (he has a history of hemorrhoids) and the medicated suppositories seem to be working. He will be following up with the fecal occult blood testing to ensure there is nothing more serious than hemorrhoids or fissure.

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   Posted 4/12/2007 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Bleeding can also be caused by diverticulosis also so it would be important to rule it out. Its more of a larger bleed though and can be really scary (I know from experience). I do believe its important to rule out diverticulosis as well. I agree with most everyone here, you want to get it checked out regardless. Even if it is hemorrhoids, they can be treated as well.
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   Posted 4/12/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
If you use a bicycle machine at the gym or just a regular one, that can definitely aggrevate hemmroids and keep them from healing up; it's the way you sit on the seat. Also, chronic constipation can keep them stirred up, as can a lot of diarrhea that keeps you on the toliet a long time (the way you sit on a toilet puts pressure on your hemmroids--the more you sit, the worse it is).

If you have had a colonoscopy since you started bleeding, then you're probably okay trusting your doctor's opinion that you just have IBS. If the bleeding is more recent, though, then you need to go back to the doctor and tell him about it.

If he gave you pictures of your colonoscopy, you may be able to see if you have hemmroids; one of my pics is clearly labeled "internal hemmroids". That's how I knew for sure that I had them, although I suspected them when I would occasionally bleed a bit after a bad constipation spell.

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   Posted 4/12/2007 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks keriamon. I think you could be right about the bike riding and hemmroids. ive been in Japan now for 6 weeks. When I first got here Ive been riding a push bike like all the time and (a lot). about 10km per day up hills etc etc. Havet done this kinda exercise since 16. Maybe this has caused it. I think I should stop and see what happens. But do u think hemmroids can last 5 weeks?

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   Posted 4/13/2007 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I think they can when you aggrevate them. Bicycles are notorious for doing just that, and you've been doing a lot of riding! They don't have any chance to rest and heal up and shrink back down, just like it's hard to get a sprained muscle to heal when you keep using it a lot every day.

And some of it has to do with the seat too. I got used to riding an antique reproduction bike with a wide, padded and spring-set seat. My Dad gave me a 21-speed bike and it had a very hard, narrow seat with no shock absorbing springs on it. If you're riding a modern bike, that seat's probably to blame too.

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   Posted 4/13/2007 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks keriamon. Im pretty sure it must be the bike riding, (cos as soon as I started doing all this riding) (which ive never done so much before) the bleeding started. The thing is though ( i never experienced any pain).. is it normal to have hammerhoids and not to experience pain with it?

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   Posted 4/16/2007 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Mine don't hurt, even when they bleed a bit.  They itch like crazy, though, as they heal up.  I think it's more the external ones that hurt. 

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   Posted 4/16/2007 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
hi keriamon.. yesterday i had a stomach examination were they shoved a tube down my throat, they didnt find anything that caused bleeding. Tomorrow im having a colonoscopy. Im pretty paranoind about it. Just want it to be over. Its expensive here in Japan, (especially when u dont have insurance)

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   Posted 4/17/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, it's all for the best that they check you out so you won't have to worry that you have something serious. A colonoscopy will show if you have bleeding hemmroids or not. If that's all you have wrong with you, you can take a break from the bike riding and try some suppositories to help heal them up and shrink them back down.

It may be expensive over there, but it's expensive in the US too, and I have heard good things about Japanese medicine. I had a friend in high school who was a boarding student and she got a cavity while over here. She went to the local dentist--whom everyone else went to and absolutely loved--and he kept remarking on how beautiful her other fillings were. She said she started to get worried when he went on and on about her fillings being so good; what kind of filling was he about to put in??? They're very meticulous, the Japanese, so I think you're in good hands.

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   Posted 4/17/2007 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
MY DIAGNOSES. Well its not the best news but i have Ulcerative Colitis. At the age of 26??? Anyway i have to go back in a week for them to check what they cut out to see if its not cancerous (but unlickely). The coloscopy wasnt painful at all, probably cos i asked them to give me a sedative and i didnt even remember the procedure. it took 45 mins but it felt like 5 mins and i was watching the screen while asking stupid questions cos i was so drugged. I felt like i had drunk a bottle of straight burbon.

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   Posted 4/18/2007 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry to hear about your UC diagnosis however I am happy to know that they found out what was wrong and now they can begin treating you. There is a UC forum on HealingWell that you may want to check out. Lots of people with experience which can be beneficial to someone new to all of this.

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