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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Exp 50 years

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What does black stools indicate?

Two years ago i went to the hospital for an excessive amount of bright red blood in stool. I ve had different episodes of blood in stool. My stool is constantly changing to the point where it sometimes has a squared edge. I was sent for an endoscopy and colonoscopy but since i didn t have insurance i didn t follow up. I hadn t had episodes in a while aside from minor stomach cramps in a while until this week. This week i started feeling very nauseous, weak, and extremely tired. Yesterday I went to the restroom and I pooped black i went to the er and tested positive for blood in stool but was not anemic. I was sent to a Internal medicine GI specialist. Is this something i should be concerned about? What are the possible diagnosis for this?
Fri, 26 Jun 2015
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello greetings
I really appreciate your concern and blood through anus is always a matter of worry.

Looking at your short history, thus could be suggestive of lower gastrointestinal disease preferably related to anal canal or rectum or intestine

If you can provide me more information I will definitely help you in best possible way
Detailed medical history
Menopausal history
Have you ever noticed similar complaints in the past?
Have you experienced itching or pain around anus.

Please revert back to me with these details so that I will be able to tell you more precisely
meanwhile avoid constipation by taking laxatives or stool softening agents like lactulose or liquid paraffin
Avoid prolonged sitting in one posture
Say no to smoking and alcohol
Have lots of dietary fibers and fresh fruits or vegetables to keep colon healthy.
sitz bath twice daily will definitely help you
you should take anti acidity medicines like pantoprazole or rabeparzole with antacids
Thanks for your question
Wish you good health
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