Dr. Carolyn Messere

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Jacksonville, FL
24 years experience female

Locations

Soul Deep Wellness

Jacksonville, FL

Address

841 Prudential Dr, 12th Floor, Jacksonville, FL
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

I'm a retired colon and rectal surgeon, who now practices holistic medicine. My focus is on chronic bowel issues such as constipation, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion. I also coach physicians and other medical personnel to help them re-engage and feel vital in their practice.

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Colon and Rectal Surgery

Licenses

United States: Florida

Doctor Q&A

136 Answers
46 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Not really: Most over the counter medications only temporarily improve hemorrhoids. Ice and sitz baths (soaking in warm water), as well as avoiding constipation b... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Soak: Sitz baths (soaking in warm water) and ice can both help shrink hemorrhoids temporarily. Avoid pushing or straining when you have a bowel movement. I... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Second most common: After lung cancer, colorectal cancer is the second biggest cancer killer. About 150, 000 people are diagnosed with it every year. More than 50, 000 pe... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Soak: Sitz baths (soaking in warm water) and ice can both help shrink hemorrhoids temporarily. Avoid pushing or straining when you have a bowel movement. I... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Yes and No: Sometimes a tumor is benign (not cancer), but most people mean cancer when they say tumor. It is possible to have benign breast and uterine tumors. An... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Big difference: A hemorrhoid is found only in the anal canal and is related to the veins of the anal canal. They are benign, although they can bleed and be painful. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Pain: Hemorrhoids are usually only painful if they are thrombosed. A thrombosed hemorrhoid usually presents with a large, tender bump on the anal area. Fiss... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Any: Any hemorrhoid bleeding should be evaluated by a physician. There are a lot of causes for bleeding besides hemorrhoids. Don't ignore bleeding.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Not sure: Many woman do better when they are pregnant. Eat a healthy, low sugar diet with plenty of fiber.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Likely: It has been shown that sunlight increases the leaching of plastic in bottled water. We don't fully know the consequences of this, but it certainly doe... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Go to a hospital: This is serious. You need to be seen immediately to be evaluated for GI bleeding.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
May not be sleeping: Many people do not sleep as well as they think. There are plenty of good iphone and android (methyltestosterone) apps for measuring your sleep. You m... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Really only one way: The best way to know is to see a doctor. A colorectal surgeon can examine you and give you a good idea if it is hemorrhoids or something worse. Defi... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
It can: Tumors can cause these things, but they are not the most common cause. Diverticulitis and colitis are much more common causes for abscess and infecti... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Not always: Colon cancer does not always bleed. Are you having blood in your stool? Do you have other symptoms, such as change in bowel habits or weight loss? Do ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
May not be colon: You do not mention that you have seen a hematologist. You may need to do that for further workup, if no cause for bleeding is found. Also, there i... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
He should stop: While pancreatic cancer is not commonly caused by snuff, many head and neck cancers are associated with snuff, particularly mouth cancer. This is a d... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Could be thrombosed: This could be a thrombosed hemorrhoid if it is very dark colored. The other possibility is that you have an abscess, particularly if there is a foul s... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Maybe diverticulosis: If they were unable to get through for a colonoscopy, it could be diverticular disease (this should have been in your barium enema report if true, so ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Soak: Sitz baths (soaking in warm water) and ice can both help shrink hemorrhoids temporarily. Avoid pushing or straining when you have a bowel movement. I... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
No cream - Soak: Sitz baths (soaking in warm water) and ice can both help shrink hemorrhoids temporarily. Avoid pushing or straining when you have a bowel movement. I... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
May need surgery: You should be seen by a colorectal surgeon. This could be a sign of something else. If itbis chronic fissure, myou may need a sphincterotomy, a surger... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
See a doctor: While this may be nothing more than hemorrhoids, it could be something more serious. Only a doctor can work that up and sort out the cause of the blee... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Not usually painful: Ibs is not usually painful. But people with ibs are often stressed, and stress could cause vague anal/rectal pain. Consider meditation or other stres... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Not common but could: While colon cancer is not common in your age group, it is possible, even with no known family history. Only 30% of colon cancer is hereditary, and oft... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Pain: Anal fissures tend to be very painful. Hemorrhoids are usually only painful if they are thrombosed. A thrombosed hemorrhoid usually presents with a la... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Do you mean lipoma?: Lipomas can have cancer in them, although that is unusual. The cure for lipoma is surgical removal. I am not aware of there being any other cure.
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Talk to your surgeon: These are questions you should discuss with your surgeon. They are great questions. But you should not have surgery without asking your own surgeon th... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Either one: I don't think there is a particular advantage between the two. There may be some sutures involved initially with thd, but these dissolve within 3-4 we... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Interesting: It appears this test was developed about 20 years ago, and is only available through one company. To my knowledge, it has no credibility. Here is a l... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Avoid constipation: Constipation can cause a host of bowel and rectal problems, including constipation, diverticular disease, rectal prolapse, and possibly even cancer/po... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Only 2 weeks: It is not that uncommon to still have pain in a hernia repair site 2 weeks after surgery. If the pain is increasing, or is accompanied by difficulty h... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Recovery phase: Most likely you are recovery from loss of a lot of important fluids and electrolytes in your system, if you had a stomach virus. You need to increase ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Be Gentle: Having itching around the anal area is often due to over cleansing, over wiping, and applying too many chemicals to the area. Avoid scented toilet pap... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Maybe: If this is a pea-sized nodule on the outside, it may be a thrombosed hemorrhoid. These often respond to soaking in epsom salt baths, ice, and stool so... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Two possibilities: There are two things that could be happening: Severe constipation, where only liquid can get around the stool, or severe diarrhea where all you are pu... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
It is painful?: If it is painful, it is very likely to be an abscess - a collection of pus under the skin. Start with soaking and ice, but if this gets bigger, more p... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Seems excessive: Not sure what it has to do with irritable bowel syndrome though? Perhaps you have been drinking a lot of water? If you are not having any pain with ur... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Yes, possibly: The definition of grade 3 is that you have internal hemorrhoids that prolapse out, but will go back in if you push on them. Sometimes, grade 3 hemor... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Plenty of liquids: There are many othereasons to increase your fiber. It helps to keep you regular. Many people don't recognize that they are slightly constipated - thei... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Consider: Consider adding guided meditation to your daily routine. Easier than trying to meditate on your own.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
For many people: Coffee stimulates the colon, causing you to have a bowel movement. A lot of people use it as a failsafe way to have a bowel movement every morning. I... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Might not be IBS: Pain is not typical with irritable bowel. People do get cramping at times, but if this is a consistent pain, you should seek additional medical care. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Not normal: You normally should not be straining or pushing during bowel movements. If you are having pain as well, you may have an anal fissure. This is a crack ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Levator syndrome: Functional rectal pain syndrome is pain in the pelvic floor without any obvious abnormality. There are a couple of different types, but levator syndro... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Lots of options: Colorectal surgeons treat bowel incontinence. We have a lot of really good treatments available now, including both surgical and non-surgical options.... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Firm it up: In early incontinence, making the stool firmer can decrease leakage. Increase fiber or even add imodium (loperamide). Avoid drinking with your meals, ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Exclusion: Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion. If there is nothing else found and your colonoscopy and x-rays are normal, then it is likely ibs. Also based on symp... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Colorectal surgeons: Colorectal surgeons treat bowel incontinence. We have a lot of really good treatments available now, including both surgical and non-surgical options.... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Several things: Family history of colon or rectal cancer is probably the biggest risk factor. A history of polyps also increases your risk. There is some data that s... Read More
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Apr 14, 2013
Wonderful, thoughtful surgeon!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Messere is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Messere is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Many thanks. I'm not convinced that IBS is causing all of the issues I am having - I'm seeing new Dr. in my city this week (my old Dr. no good etc.)
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Thanks for your quick reply! Btw at first it wasn't that bad but then the leaking ( my boxers were wet!) and the smell got WORSE AND WORSE !
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I have unspecified colitis on biopsy result done on 6 month back. I am taking mesacol BD. still got sore after bowel motion and secretion

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Massachusetts Medical School, MA
Graduated 1999MD

Residency

BAYSTATE MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 2004

Awards

Most Compassionate Doctor Award 2011 Vitals.com
Most Compassionate Doctor Award 2012 Vitals.com
Most Compassionate Doctor Award 2013
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