Do Steroids Cause Gastrointestinal Bleeding?
Possible causes and needed checks are explained
Thank you for asking at healthcaremagic.
I carefully read your question and understand your concern.
Steroids generally might cause Gastrointesinal bleeding due to the effects on the stomach inner layers and generally that bleeding is not bright red when it is brought out with stools but dark black. If there is a lot of amount of stomach bleeding might sometimes come out as bright red color with stools, which is less likely in your case as you can not bleed massively for a long time.
As for the bowels the steroids do not cause any bleeding with them and are generally used to treat some diseases that cause bowel bleeding.
Hemorrhoids are a very innocent cause of bleeding with bowel and easily treated and might be the reason for the bleeding in your case but you will need to talk with your doctor to have a check.
No matter if the bleeding is related to the steroid shot or not recommendations say that whenever there is a rectal bleeding (bleeding with stools) there is a need for colonoscopy to evaluate the bowel so you might need to have a check with your doctor to see if you can plan a colonoscopy. This would visualize the inner layers of your bowel and tell us if the cause is due to a certain condition there. Also if the colonoscopy is normal an upper endoscopy to visualize your stomach and upper part of the small bowel might be advisable also.
So to conclude i would say:
1. please talk to your doctor to see the possiblity of have stomach and bowel endoscopies
2. steroids and the bleeding might be related or not- this is hard to be sure unless checks are done for that.
3. please don't delay the visit with your GP, whenever there is bleeding a doctor needs to evaluate the amount of bleeding and how much is your hemoglobine so a CBC might be needed to evaluate how you are doing and than the rest of the test for the diagnosis are needed.
I hope this is helpful and answers to your questions but please feel free to reply in case anymore clarification is needed on this.
Antoneta Zotaj, MD