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Everytime i walk briskly on a treadmill, I have anal/rectal bleeding. I had colonoscopies and a fistula removed, this is still happening. Why?
Consider hemorrhoids: I would suspect you have hemorrhoids and that vigorous activity is irritating the area. Take a stool softener, drink plenty of liquids, and if the bleeding continues it would be important to see a GI doctor and have a colonoscopy. Cancer, diverticulosis, and inflammatory bowel disease are other possibilities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A fistula is an abnormal connection between two places. Most commonly, it originates somewhere in the intestine and communicates to another location in the intestine or in the skin. A fistula can develop after abdominal surgery, with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, anorectal abscess, and ...Read more
Yes: If you have a rectovaginal fistula or have had one repaired there should be no problems with a colonoscopy. The colonoscope should pass right by the area without any problems. In rare instances, the fistula may be so large, the colonoscope can pass through this fistula. Even in this instance, a trained endoscopist should be able to manage this. A colorectal surgeon can repair this for you. ...Read more
What are symptoms of an anal fistula? I'm having some itching and it seems like I can never wipe good.Had Normal colonoscopy and endoscope recently.
A number of symptoms: Symptoms of an anal fistula include skin irritation around the anus, a throbbing pain, and a discharge of pus or blood when you have a bowel movement. In addition you may have odor, fever, or swelling in the area. An anal fistula may be due to an abscess or an underlying inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn's disease. A normal colonoscopy and endoscopy are reassuring. ...Read more
Look inside colon: You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own). The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A simple test: After appropriate colon preparation at home, arrive at the endoscopy center, change into a gown & IV is inserted. Once in the procedure room, final consent is obtained, IV sedation is given (there are options here--some patients choose no sedation, others want to be "out cold"), & a thin flexible tube with video camera is inserted per rectum & advanced, taking pictures, biopsies, & therapeutics. ...Read more
Lots of options: There are a lot of different regimens for doing a colonoscopy prep. It depends on your gastroenterologist what they prefer. Ultimate what they want is a clean prep, so you should not have any stool in your colon when they look. You will have a sense of whether your prep is complete when you look in the toilet bowl and you shouldn't see any solid material left. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not bad: The most annoying part is the bowel cleanout the day before. You have to drink a fluid that makes you have enough bowel movements until your stool becomes clear. The colonoscopy procedure itself is usually easy. When you go home you will have some abdominal discomfort and bloating. Sometimes you can have a little rectal bleeding as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer