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Blood in bowels

Posted by Christopher on March 18, 2001 at 15:39:38:

I have, for the past few weeks, seen blood and a bit of
mucus-looking substance in most bowel movemnts. The problem
is I have to defecate 2-3 times a day, and occasionally it's
just blood and mucus.

I looked this up in my medical book, and it sounds like a
"prolapsed hemorrhoid." I can even feel the hemorroid, even
the now it has gone down it seems. The thing is, the stools
don't feel hard or difficult to pass.

Is that what this sounds like, and if so, will a high fiber
diet eventually resolve it, or does it need to be checked
out by a proctologist? I'm only 22, so I'd hope I wouldn't
have colon cancer or anything...



Re: Blood in bowels

Posted by Rich 1 on March 19, 2001 at 00:41:10:

In Reply to: Blood in bowels posted by Christopher on March 18, 2001 at 15:39:38:

Hemorroids are generally cured by eating a high-fiber diet. If the blood is bright red, chances are this is what it is. If the blood is darker, it could mean a problem further up the colon.

The fact that there is mucus in your stool tells me that your diet is probably too acid/sticky. You may also not be absorbing fats very well. You may be eating too many acid and sticky foods such as white flour products (pizza, cookies, ice-cream, meat, grains) and not enough fiber-rich, alkaline foods (vegetables, fruits, millet, almonds).

Blood in the bowels can also be a sign of a series disease state including crohns or ulcerative colitis. It would be wise to be checked by someone that practices "integrative" medicine (someone that is trained in conventional AND alternaive methods).

Rich

Rich



Re: Blood in bowels

Posted by Christopher on March 19, 2001 at 00:46:27:

In Reply to: Re: Blood in bowels posted by Rich 1 on March 19, 2001 at 00:41:10:

Thanks. I'm trying to ween myself off of soft drinks, which
have always been a guilty pleasure--that's pretty acidic, right?

Do I see a proctologist ot a gastroenderologist(sp?) for this?



Re: Blood in bowels

Posted by Rich 1 on March 19, 2001 at 10:55:01:

In Reply to: Re: Blood in bowels posted by Christopher on March 19, 2001 at 00:46:27:

I would tend to lean towards gastroenterologist.

Rich

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Re: Blood in bowels

Posted by Dale on March 19, 2001 at 15:25:21:

In Reply to: Blood in bowels posted by Christopher on March 18, 2001 at 15:39:38:

I also had blood in my stool for a few years. I saw my family doctor about it and was told that it was simply a fissure or something simple like that so I shouldn't worry. Having gone to him for quite some time, I listened to him. He said I was too young to worry about colon cancer. I later was seeing him for another problem, and I brought up the fact that I was still having the problm with blood in my stool. He then did a digital exam and found nothing. He did however decide he would send me to a specialist. I went to a GI specialist and was told that I needed to take Metamucil and not to worry because I was too young to worry about colon cancer. My family doctor moved, so I began going to my wife's doctor. While being treated for a broken wrist I mentioned this to him, which at this time had been an on-going thing for a few years. He said blood in the stool is never normal or acceptable and requires investigation at any age. He sent me to a doctor for a colonoscopy. After the procedure, the doctor informed me that he removed a precancerous polyp the size of a walnut. Thanks to my wife's doctor, it was removed while benign. That was two years ago. I have since had a follow-up colonoscopy which turned out negative for additional polyps. I will have to have colonoscopys probably for the rest of my life, although the frequency will decline if the results are negative. I tell you this story not to scare you, but to tell you that you need to have it checked out. If all you have is hemorroids, great. If I hadn't gotten checked, I may not be giving you this advice right now. I am 27 now, but I was only a little older than you when this problem started. Statistically, I was too young to worry about colon cancer, but that doesn't mean it is impossible. Good luck!



Re: Blood in bowels

Posted by Christopher on March 19, 2001 at 15:41:54:

In Reply to: Re: Blood in bowels posted by Dale on March 19, 2001 at 15:25:21:

Thanks. That's some good information.

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Re: Blood in bowels (Archive in colon.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 20, 2001 at 08:08:09:

In Reply to: Blood in bowels posted by Christopher on March 18, 2001 at 15:39:38:

Hi, Christopher.

With this additional information I have little doubt that what you are seeing is blood although testing it like I suggested would still prove it or disprove it.

THIS history tells me that you are developing colitis if you do not already have it (a further extension of LGS).

Walt



Re: Blood in bowels (Archive in colon.)

Posted by Christopher on March 20, 2001 at 11:23:20:

In Reply to: Re: Blood in bowels (Archive in colon.) posted by Walt Stoll on March 20, 2001 at 08:08:09:

Dr. Stoll:

I just got back from my doctor. He assumes it is
proctitis and will be testing to see if it is bacterial,
parasite related, polyps, cancer etc. Is proctitis the same
thing as colitis? I at least know that a "itis" suffix
indicates inflammation. In addition he'll be preforming a
sigmoidoscopy and the directions given to me requires that I
have 4-5 "fleets enemas"(fleets?) done BEFORE nest monday
(time of test.) That seems like a lot. Does that sound about
right?

Thanks for your help, doctor.



Re: Blood in bowels (Archive in colon.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 22, 2001 at 09:41:47:

In Reply to: Re: Blood in bowels (Archive in colon.) posted by Christopher on March 20, 2001 at 11:23:20:

Hi, Christopher.

Proctitis is but the first stage of colitis and not everyone gets it. The actual diagnosis (I predict) will end up being "mucus colitis" since there are not enough mucus producing glands in the rectum to produce what you have said you are seeing.

However, any of these findings will not change what you need to do---they are all stages of LGS.

The preparation for the sigmoidoscopy sounds about right although castor oil from above is much more effective.

Walt

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Re: Blood in bowels

Posted by L on March 24, 2001 at 23:20:27:

In Reply to: Blood in bowels posted by Christopher on March 18, 2001 at 15:39:38:

You should have your Dr. check it out. In '92 I had mucus and blood in my stool. I had a sig done and a colonoscopy. I was diagnosed with ulcertive proctitis. I was told that I would have to be on some type of medicine for the rest of my life. I used an enema type medicine for 6 months and then stopped. I never had a problem again until '96 when it started up again and I had some gallbladder problem too. The Dr. put me on Asocal and that gave me cold sores, he then put me on Pentasa which gave me intestinal problems. Since the symptoms went away and I had no more problems I stopped taking all this crap and started changing my diet and reducing stress in my life. I went to a gastroenterologist just to make sure that what I was "not" doing "medicine" wasn't going to kill me. He told me if I don't have any symptoms then I shouldn't worry about it and the likely hood of me getting cancer was very rare. He only said if I have problems again I should come in and have another sig done. It is '01 and I have no problems. I wish I had known about this web site earlier I could have avoided this medicine a lot sooner.

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