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    Does excessive fluid intake cause rectal bleeding?

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Posted on Wed, 19 Jul 2017 in General Health
Question: last week I was worried that i had messed up the sodium in my blood by drinking too much water. I had been drinking about a gallon in like 10 minutes everyday for a month. I didn't want to go to the doctor so I put a LOT of salt in a little water and drank it. I almost couldn't breathe. Once I was able to regain control over my breathing, when i coughed I thought I tasted blood. I didn't see any and it went away. Tonight, a week and a half later, I had some very hard stool in my rectum and I wanted to get it out, so I used my finger to get it out and a lot of red blood came out into the toilet. Am I bleeding internally?


how long is it going to take to get an answer? I am not currently bleeding. The only blood was when I used my finger to get the stool out. I do not feel faint or dizzy and my color is fine.
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 47 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Rule out bleeding disorder

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you for trusting HealthcareMagic

Bleeding you experienced is unrelated to sodium levels. Drinking too much water can cause a decrease in sodium levels which is characterised by confusion,seizures, vomiting etc but not bleeding. You need to drink more than 5 litres of water a day to develop such symptoms, otherwise your body will regulate sodium levels by itself.

Since you are complaining of bleeding from multiple sites the probable causes could be medications like aspirin/warfarin , bleeding problems like decreased platelets, coagulation factor deficiencies.
You will need stool analysis, sputum analysis and culture, complete blood count, bleeding and clotting time, coagulation factor levels .

Another possibility is that if you had bled only from rectum, then likely cause is hemorrhoids or anal fissures due to constipation.
A proctoscopic examination can rule out these conditions.

Please be advised to follow up with your primary care provider for further evaluation and management.

Hope this answers your question
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Dr.Lekshmi
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Follow up: Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 29 minutes later
how urgent is this. can I wait to make an appointment with my primary care next week?

thank you so much for your response. How urgent is it that I get this testing done to rule out a bleeding disorder? Can I wait to be able to make an appointment with my primary care next week? Like I said, I'm not even sure if I did taste blood in my cough and I certainly didn't see any.

I think it is only rectal bleeding from hemorrhoids or fissures. I haven't had any other taste of blood except for that one time a week and a half ago, and I'm not even sure I tasted it.
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 58 minutes later
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Hello again,

You're welcome

If it was only rectal bleeding then hemorrhoids, anal fissure are likely possibility.
This is not an urgent situation.Yoh can follow up with your primary next week.

Meanwhile, drink plenty of water and include fiber rich food like oat XXXXXXX veggies,fruits to avoid constipation.
You can also take Psyllium based laxatives .

Hope this answers your question
Please address further questions here
Regards
Dr.Lekshmi
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
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Follow up: Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 4 hours later
yes thank you so much!!! I feel much better.
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 6 hours later
Brief Answer:
You're welcome

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And thank you for trusting HealthcareMagic for your health concern
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Follow up: Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 14 hours later
if it is a bleeding disorder, how urgent is it that I get to the doctor?

also, I am not having any further symptoms of tasting blood and haven't had any in a week and a half. It was just the one time and I'm not even sure if i tasted it. I don't know about blood in my stool because I have not had a bowel movement yet. I am still very constipated
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 14 minutes later
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Hello again,

Since you do not have active bleeding right now, it is not an emergency even if it is a bleeding disorder.You can follow up with your doctor next week as scheduled.

And here are few things to try to relieve constipation
-Drink plenty of water
-avoid caffeine and carbonated drinks
-Exercise daily
-Diet rich in fiber like oat, XXXXXXX fruits and vegetables
- You can try dulcolax and Psyllium based laxatives

Try these for next few days and follow up with your physician next week as scheduled.

Hope this answers your question
Please address further questions here
Regards
Dr.Lekshmi
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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