Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

133 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Suggest treatment for blood in stool

Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Michelle Gibson James

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2001

Answered : 15906 Questions

default
Posted on Wed, 22 Mar 2017 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: I have blood in my stool.....never had that before!

doctor
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 38 minutes later
Brief Answer:
different possible causes

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Blood in the stool can be alarming for anyone.

It can be due to different possible causes such as: (1) infection - usually involves vomiting and diarrhea
(2)hemorrhoids
(3)trauma of anal region eg from a hard bowel movement
(4)cancer of the colon
(5)non cancer growths of the colon-benign polyps
(6)diverticular disease- small outpockets in the colon, happen with aging, these can become inflamed or infected causing bleeding

If you have a recent colonscopy (within the last 3 to 5 years), then cancer is not likely because these take a long time to grow.

If you are having diarrhea or vomiting then infection is most likely.

If it is not clear what is the cause of the blood and there is no recent colonoscopy then you should see your doctor for an assessment.
He or she would likely refer you to have a scope done

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
doctor
default
Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James 8 minutes later
Thank you....I have had a colonoscopy in the last 5 years.
doctor
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 22 minutes later
Brief Answer:
makes cancer less likely

Detailed Answer:
HI

That means that cancer is not likely.

If it continues and there is no obvious cause (no infection, no history of diverticular disease, no hemorrhoids, no trauma), then you should be assessed.

One of these may be present though you may not be aware.

Please feel free to ask anything else
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
doctor
premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Procedures

Recent questions on  Diverticular disease

doctor1 MD

MY 82 YEAR OLD FATHER HAS HAD ACUTE CHRONIC DIARRHOEA FOR AT LEAST 8 WEEKS. HIS STOOL SAMPLES CAME BACK NEGATIVE TO BACTERIA AND HE HAS HAD A CT SCAN WHICH HAS DIAGNOSED DIVERTICULAR DISEASE. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THERE IS NO TREATMENT BUT OVER THE LAST 2 DAYS HE HAS RELEASED LARGE AMOUNTS OF CLEAR MUCUS WHEN HE PASSES WIND. HE HAS LOST HIS APPETITE AND IS BECOMING WEAK. HE SAYS HE HAS NO STOMACH PAIN BUT HE HAS VERY LITTLE FEELING OF MUCH AT ALL IN HIS TUMMY AREA AND IS OFTEN TOO LATE TO GET TO THE TOILET. ANY IDEAS WHAT CAN BE CAUSING THE MUCUS PLEASE?

doctor1 MD

Hello Doctor, I am male 77 years, recently had a colonoscopy. I have diverticular disease,no cancer.I am taking Lasoprol 30 and Domperidone 10mg. as percribed by Dr.I am still suffering stomach bloating and irregular bowel movement. I live in Indonesia and far from DR IN Singapore, should I have test for Gardia

doctor1 MD

Hello Doctor, My mother is 66 years old (5'4") (216lbs) and she suffers from AVM of the small bowel and right colon. She also has history of Diverticular disease and Myelodysplastic Syndrome. She has been transfusion dependent since November 2010. (12 Units of blood) - She has had numerous test to locate AVM: Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, Pill Cam, etc. - when lesions are found, they have been cauterized - Sometime the bleeding is small, however, this month, May 2011, she has lost large amounts of blood during some bowel movements that have required transfusions. Can your diet affect the AVM's (The bleeding)

doctor1 MD

i suffer from diverticular disease.sometimes there is blood in my stool. i suffer from regular constipation as well. one gastro has suggested me duphalac another said lactifiber.please suggest which is better overall and for how long should i continue.
yours sincerely,
A.SENGUPTA(age-74)

doctor1 MD

I have had GERD , had my gall bladder removed, currently see a GI here. I am having a colonoscopy in 2 weeks because I passed some blood in my stool 2 months ago. Then I began having stomach problems again. Pain mid to upper right quadrant. My Dr....

doctor1 MD

Ate an unaccustomed large greasy meal too fast and a week later still having lower abdominal discomfort , noise, bloated feeling, belching . Feels better for a while after a light meal. Bowel movements are normal. Any thoughts? Thank you.

doctor1 MD

Is it common to have diarrhea for a few days after a diverticulosis bleed?