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Constipation, bleeding, eaten prunes. Afraid of infection

I have had constipation on and off for a few years, but a couple of days ago, it was the worst it has ever been. Stupidly, I continued to push, thinking that like every other time, it would hurt, but it would come out. I was wrong, nothing came out, but it felt as though something burst. I was bleeding and it was very painful and uncomfortable. My co-worker suggested I eat 3-4 prunes every day to regulate myself and relieve my constipation and it worked as far as softening my stool . But yesterday, when I had gas and diarrhea (I guess from the prunes), after I had gone, the toilet was full of blood. I am worried that I am not healing , or not having enough time to heal before the next movement. Every once in a while, when I sit, I can feel my pulse . I am afraid of infection. I don t know what to do, but I hope I gave you enough information. Thank you and I appreciate your input....
Asked On : Sun, 21 Oct 2012
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  User's Response

Welcome TO HCM.
This is not infection.
You have either haemorrhoids or anal fissure.
Physical examination, proctoscopy should lead to a diagnosis.
Treatment is straight forward in the form of stool softeners and local cream.
If not helpful, minor surgery is effective.

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General Surgeon Dr. Grzegorz Stanko's  Response

Thank you for the query.

It is not the infection you should be afraid of. Blood in stool and constipations are very unsettling symptoms. Infection would cause symptoms like: fever, diarrhea, nausea, shivers etc. It should get healed in about couple of days.
In your case with severe constipations and blood in stool you should have colonoscopy as soon as possible. Your symptoms may be caused by: hemorrhoids, large intestine polyps, colon cancer, diverticulitis.

Please do not neglect it and visit your doctor as soon as possible.
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