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Blood in stools, green or brown flakes, weakness. History of bladder cancer surgery

My husband had bladder cancer surgury the 20th of Sept. (he is 72 years old) It was a very successful sugury. The blood in his urine cleared up ..then about 4 days later he became sick having diarrhea ...(after eating susage and beans) the blood came back in his urine and he had dark black flakes in her BM s...I called his doctor that did the bladder surgury and his nurse said she would talk with him ..she felt like the bleeding was caused by straining..and felt it would all clear up..she went on to say...she would call back if the doctor felt different. No Calls. His regular doctor, in the mean time, had given him Diphenoxylate-Atropine (10/2/12) for the Diarrhea.. He had taken Pepto before this ..which didn t seem to help..that much.. His energy became a little better and the BM s almost stopped..the blood continue to come..just pink...He felt like he was getting alot better...his energy level had gotten better..even started running a few short errands... then two days ago the BM s started again. . Today (this morning) the blood has almost stopped...but he continues to go to the bathroom..with these green sometimes black/brown flakes ..not much at a time..but alot of trips to the bathroom...He is beginning to get weak.....and is just eating crackers and coke.. Thank you so much for your time !! YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Wed, 10 Oct 2012
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Dear Ma'am,

Sorry to hear about your husband's problem. The greenish flakes and blood in the stools could be due to the pain killers he must have received after bladder surgery. This must have lead to some gastritis and bleeding, which can present with the same features. This problem will stop on its own but it is better that he meets a gastroenterologist.

Hoping for the best.
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