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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi,
I am a 41-yr-old female; 5'4", 134 lbs. I'm having some strange symptoms and am kind of worried as to what they could mean.
Last Friday, I got sick with diarrhea several times through Sunday. On Monday I began having a strange tannish (blood?) mucous coming from my rectum when I tried to have a bowel movement. In addition, I have had increased gas and stomach rumblings. I have not had a bowel movement since the diarrhea and each time I try, all I get is the same colored mucuous, which smells horrible - like something is rotting.
I do have a history of cancer (cervical). I had a hysterectomy in 2007 and am now cancer-free. As such, I tend to freak out when anything is not quite right with my body.
I have an appt. scheduled with my Gastro doc on Feb. 24, but I don't want to worry until then.
Any ideas?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query for few minutes to be able to have a good discussion here
Doctor :   Well your symptoms also giv me a suspection about dysentery
Doctor :   And its a common illness
User :   What is that?
Doctor :   Its Bacterial infection of the intestines
User :   Is it urgent that I be seen or is my appt ok?
Doctor :   its ok, be selective in your food
Doctor :   avoid spicy foods
Doctor :   and hard foods too
User :   What causes this and how long does it last? Is medicine required?
User :   Did it cause my initial diarrhea as well?
Doctor :   its not an emergency unless the bleeding becomes profuse
Doctor :   bacterial infection through food is the commonest cause
User :   A type of foodborne illness?
Doctor :   and yes, you may need to be put on antibiotic for the same
User :   I'm on Bactrim for my sinus infection. Would that treat this too?
Doctor :   no, the best antibiotic for it is well chosen by getting a stooltest
Doctor :   and the antibiotic differs here
User :   In the meantime, should I try to take something to help me have a BM or use a suppository?
Doctor :   do not use suppository, take laxatives like liquid Parrafin
User :   Ok. I will do as you suggest. Any more tips/insights you can offer? I read about ulcerative colitis and Crohn's and got nervous...
Doctor :   Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's are chronic illnesses
Doctor :   i do not consider them being the chance here
User :   No possible cancer with these symptoms?
Doctor :   unless ruled out, and a no from my side
User :   Thanks so much for your help. You've eased my mind and now I look forward to my appt. Apprecite it.
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Take care
User :   bye bye
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