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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have blood in my stool. what should I do?
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   25/Male
Doctor :   Since when have you noticed this problem?
User :   Iv been having irregular tummy for the past month. yes i cant believe it my self
User :   but the blood, noticed it today
Doctor :   Ok
User :   excessive gas too, i try to eat less of gaseous food, but didnt help
Doctor :   Do you have pain while passing stools ? Are you passing hard stools?
User :   iv been having probiotic drink yakult, but not helping
User :   there is no pain; and its not hard
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have reduced appetite?
User :   I have not had anything since morning, except for yakult; i have slight pain in my tummy now
User :   yes.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   what could it be?
Doctor :   Have you had similar symptoms in the past?
User :   is it an infection or a tu,,y ulcer?
User :   no doc, nothing in the past like this
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you consume alcohol?
Doctor :   Are you passing loose stools now?
User :   yes I consumed one glass of beer yesterday after " weeks
User :   3 weeks
User :   yes loose stools for the last month to be precise
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you find mucous secretions in the stools?
User :   i did not notice
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   let me brief you.
User :   yes pls
Doctor :   Chronic loose stools with blood stained stools can be a sign of inflammation.
Doctor :   The cause for the inflammation can be allergies or infections.
User :   what does that mean?
User :   ok,
User :   is it the diet?
Doctor :   Allergic cause can be due to the diet, however, and infective cause may need evaluation.
User :   what infection could it be that chronic loose stools have been going on for the past month?
User :   so do you recommend that I visit a specialist?
Doctor :   Infection in the form of worms, ova or parasites can be determined by stool examination alone.
Doctor :   Hence I would suggest you to consider consulting a gastroenterologist,
Doctor :   you will need a stool examination and
Doctor :   a colonoscopy too to look for signs of chronic inflammation.
User :   what is stool exqmination? im a little scared
User :   what is the procedure? and how is it done?
Doctor :   Stool examination means a stool routine and microscopic examination.
Doctor :   This examination will make out if there are infective organisms in the stool
Doctor :   in which case you will need antibiotics.
Doctor :   colonoscopy is tests, where the lower gut will be examined by an endoscopy.
Doctor :   this will be considered, if the stool examination are normal.
User :   ok, see doctor, im at work and i dont knw if any specialist zould be available tomorroz, being a sunday, so it can only happen on monday. what can i do now?
Doctor :   Ok, then let me suggest you few measures
Doctor :   1. Modify your diet, add plenty of fibres to your diet,
Doctor :   if you notice that your symptoms are specific following a particular diet, avoid them.
User :   got it, is it ok to have soup now? clear veg, soup?
Doctor :   2. Restrict use of milk or milk products, that includes yoghurts.
Doctor :   Yes, you can, but let that not be a spicy one.
Doctor :   3. Restrict using caffeine.
User :   ok so lots of fibrous bread?
Doctor :   4. Avoid smoking if any.
User :   ok, what should i do till monday?
Doctor :   4. If the pain is severe, you can use simple analgesics such as paracetamol tablets.
User :   ok,
Doctor :   5. watch out for severe crampy pain,
Doctor :   and increase in the severity of loose stools.
Doctor :   if you have such symptoms, then you will need antibiotics,
User :   since times running out, is there anything else i lust know
User :   must know
Doctor :   Just watch out for these symptoms, pain in specific
Doctor :   Severe cramps may need attention of a doctor.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   ok doc. thank you you have been helpful, ill be visiting a specialist on monday, goodday
User :   yes i have doc;*
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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