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Reasons for having blood in stools - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Digestion and Bowels
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Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 40 Questions
User :   Hi can I ask about a bloody stool?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi can I ask about a bloody stool?
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Yes please proceed
User :   I have had a bloody stool today, deep maroon in color. Of course I have googled and found several reasons. Obviously the big scare is could it be cancer. First question, is there less to worry about of its a once off, i.e. I dont bleed regular, i.e. just today. Also, I suppose I have to admit that I have abused alcohol for some time. Could this be a factor?
User :   Yesterday also was a big party, with a lot of drinking
User :   Okay should I wait?
Doctor :   How old aren you/
Doctor :   Do you have pain when u empty bowels?
Doctor :   Do u have hemorrhoids?
User :   I'm 40. No pain. I'm not sure if I have hemorrpoids I think I have in the past. This has happend beforte, and the color was bright red, but what worried me this time is that the color is deep maroon. I had mild diarea toda as well
Doctor :   Heacy Alcohol can erod the stomach linining and can cause bleeding , but by the time it goes in to stool it will darker
Doctor :   Are u there
User :   yes
Doctor :   So bright bllod has only few clear cut reason
Doctor :   1. henmorrhoids
Doctor :   2. Any polyp inj the colon
Doctor :   \3. Could be cancer
Doctor :   4. it could be belldiong from stoamch
Doctor :   Do these
Doctor :   1. Get tectal examionation first
Doctor :   2. get the colonoscopy next
Doctor :   That is et
Doctor :   There are no other options
User :   right understood. Thx
Doctor :   Thank you for consultation
Doctor :   Bye
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