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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   I have a noticed a problem these days & looking for some advice on it
Doctor :   Please describe your problems.
User :   I'm seeing blood during motions & this is not happening regularily though . It usually happens once in a while . Ofcourse I don't have any pain in the anal area nor in the stomach , but I'm worried if there is something wrong with me
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   Male - 27 yrs
Doctor :   Since when are you noticing these symptoms?
Doctor :   Are you seeing frank blood, or an altered blood such as dark chocolate coloured stools?
User :   from an year .. I used to see this very rare .. like once in two months .. now from last couple of days .. I seeing it quite often .. its frank blood ..
User :   Is that a major problem
Doctor :   No, it may not be a major problem,
Doctor :   But I need few more details on it to know what may be causing the problem.
Doctor :   Can I proceed with a few questions?
User :   If the outcome is hard ... then I'm seeing this symptom .. If its soft , then not
User :   Yes , please
Doctor :   Do you have symptoms of constipation?
User :   constipation means ?
User :   one sec .. I'm looking in XXX for exact meaning of constipation to answer it right
Doctor :   Constipation means having infrequent stools.
Doctor :   Passing hard stools>
User :   These days I'm seeing it .. but usually not .
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness?
Doctor :   Are you on any regular pills?
User :   no sir .. no other issues
User :   I don't take any pills
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   let me brief you.
User :   sure
Doctor :   Frank blood in stools occur due to a lower gut causes.
Doctor :   The most common cause for this is constipation.
Doctor :   However, few other causes such as fissure or hemorrhoids can also be responsible for these symptoms.
Doctor :   The possibility that constipation
Doctor :   is more likely cause for your present symptom then fissure or hemorrhoids.
Doctor :   I shall suggest you few measures to help you solve this problem.
User :   sure
Doctor :   1. Dietary modifications is needed.
Doctor :   Include plenty of vegetables, fruits and fibres in your diet.
User :   sure . ...Hope this is not something related to Piles ?
Doctor :   2. Drink plenty of water, preferably after every meal.
Doctor :   3. Avoid hot and spicy diet, restrict caffeine consumption.
Doctor :   4. Regular meal habits.
Doctor :   5. Use of stool softeners/laxatives when ever you find blood.
Doctor :   Natural stool softeners are fruits such as banana.
User :   hmm.. okay
Doctor :   Alternatively, you can find laxatives like syrup lactulose 2 tsp at night.
Doctor :   You can take banana every day, however the use of syrup should be restricted only in times that you find blood in the stool or you find that your stools are very hard.
Doctor :   Do not use this syrup every day.
Doctor :   6. Lastly if the symptoms persists, or if you notice severe pain while passing stools, I suggest you to see your doctor (general surgeon) for examination,
Doctor :   to check for the possibilities of fissure or hemorrhoids(piles) - though the treatment for these conditions is the same as I had mentioned to you now.
Doctor :   Finally before I conclude with this, do not worry if they are fissures or hemorrhoids as they can be treated almost 95% of the times with these measures
Doctor :   and only rarely that you would need surgery.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes sir .. One last question
Doctor :   Proceed.
User :   Is constipation a symptom for hemorrohoids ?
Doctor :   Constipation is one of the cause for hemorrhoids.
Doctor :   Its not a symptoms of it.
Doctor :   Symptom of constipation is pain while passing stool
Doctor :   with passing blood (frank blood)
User :   My dad has this problem . I'm under the impression that this is heriditery & I can't escape from having this problem .. Ofcourse this is just my notion
Doctor :   And some time you can notice mass in the rectum while passing stool.
Doctor :   Not its not a heriditary condition.
User :   So If I undertanding your statement " Constipation is cause of Hemorrohoids " - If I ignore this constipation , it will lead to hemorrohoids , right
Doctor :   However, chronic constipation can increase the chances of development of hemorrhoids.
Doctor :   Yes, chronic constipation can increase the chance of development of hemorrhoids.
Doctor :   Hence if you ignore it, there are more chances that you develop one in the future.
Doctor :   hence I suggest you to follow the dietary measures that I had suggested you.
Doctor :   If feasible also include physical exercise such as morning walks, yoga into your life style.
Doctor :   They can help deal with the problems of constipation too.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Sure Sir . Thank you for your time
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   nope .. I'm fine .. Thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
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