U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A member asked:

I'm 57 and i had a colonoscopy at age 50 and it was normal. i also was told by doctors that i have internal hemroids. for about a week now i've notice once in a while bright red blood on tolit paper and in the tolit after bowel movement. i've been under

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Hi : Hi ron, you had your colonoscopy 7 seven years ago. There can be changes over time to the colon. The general surgeons i work with have indicated that something significant can grow over a five year period, but many people get their second colonoscopy 10 years later. Although poor diet could lead to constipation which could exacerbate internal hemrrhoids, no one can say with certainty at this point that the bleeding is due to hemorrhoids.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Unless you had: A hemorrhoidectomy, everyone has hemorrhoids..They are normal vascular cushions. Only when they are abused from diarrhea or constipation or some other trauma can they cause problems. Even with a negative scoping 7 yrs ago, new onset bleeding needs evaluation and probably a repeat colonoscopy. Don't ignore this.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Nov 27, 2021


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.