Bloody stool warning gross!

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   Posted 8/9/2007 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok first I have never had IBS. For the past few days I have not had a bowel movment. That isn't nessesarily unusualy for me though. I have always been kind of sporatic. Anyway Yesterday they finally moved and it was fairly solid but it had a lot of mucus in it. Than I noticed there was a blood clot mixed in with the mucus. It wasn't like a hemoroid kind of bleeding. After having kids I know the difference. It was hard to say how red or how dark it was since it was all mixed together. I was wondering if this is somthing I need to be concerned about? Does it sound like IBS to you? I'm not having any stomach pain or cramps. The only time I was getting cramps was when I was on the Pot. Which I had to rush back to about 3 or 4 times until I was finished.
Sorry for being so gross but I didn't know how else to say it. I get a little bit concerned by any kind of bleeding because the majority of the time when I have blood work it says I'm anemic but they havn't been able to find the cause for it.
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   Posted 8/9/2007 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Carol.  Any time there's blood in your stools you should be concerned, especially if the stool itself looks black and tar like because that indicates a gastrointestinal bleed.  Like you mentioned, red blood is more local like hemoroids.  The mucus means your GI track has inflammation which can be as simple as something you ate.  If the blood clot was small (pea size), I think you should just keep checking your stools and if there aren't any more clots or blood just tell your doc on the next visit.  If there is more blood, run to your doc.  Sorry, I had to get that in somewhere   devil   Love ya!
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   Posted 8/9/2007 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Carol, I agree with Donna. Blood in the stool must be taken seriously. It can range from a list of issues so better to be safe than sorry. If it was just this one time, then you are probably okay but if it continues to happen you should see your doctor. BTW, mucus is a hallmark symptom of IBS due to the excess spasms in the colon. If you had urgency to use the bathroom, that would explain that. Hope it was just a fluke. Keeping you in my thoughts.

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   Posted 8/9/2007 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm sorry you're going through this. I agree with Des and Donna and I'd stay on top of this. You're smart to be concerned. Have you ever had a colonoscopy? I think that it's recommended for folks about 50. I'm not saying that what happened this morning is cause for a colonoscopy, but I think it's a good idea to have one every six years or so after age 50.

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