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Frequent Rectal Bleeding
Could Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) cause frequent bowel movement and rectal bleeding?
You need: To see a GI doctor or colorectal surgeon, sooner rather than later before it becomes a life threatening emergency! This does not seem like something you should wait on for a few days to "see if it gets better". If necessary go to the nearest emergency room! Take this situation very seriously. ...Read more
Emergency room visit: It is advisable to go to the emergency room if you feel you are having such large amounts of bright red blood per rectum, especially with associated symptoms - this could indicate a serious problem or it may just be a bleeding hemorrhoid - regardless, you should have a physician evaluate you sooner rather than later, especially if you develop low blood pressure and/or light headedness. ...Read more
Blood in stool: Suspicious but your age is in your favor unless a strong family history of colon or breast cancer. Likely another cause. I would see your PCP. ...Read more
When colon cancer reach a level that causes anemia blood in stool became visible or stool became dark or rectal bleeding has started am I right?
Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?
Yes you can: Use a dose (17 gm packets) daily, but also recommend you start taking supplemental fiber (like metamucil or equivalent) along with. This will help you be more regular naturally. Once you feel you have "cleaned out" somewhat - stop the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) but continue the fiber on a daily basis. Also try warm soaks on your hemorrhoids, and topical creams with steroid (hc) may help, too. ...Read more
Rectal bleeding: Rectal bleeding is often due to hemorrhoids. However, there are other causes that are very serious including cancer. In general, rectal bleeding should be discussed with your doctor and perhaps be consulted for a colonoscopy, especially if you are near the age of 50. http://www. Laendo. Net/english/gastrointestinal-bleeding. ...Read more
Depends: If you are having persistent bleeding from your rectum, you need to get it checked. While hemorrhoids are a common cause of rectal bleeding, your physician may decide to pursue other diagnoses. Getting a full history and physical exam will guide the decision. Are you having symptoms like dizziness or passing out? Is the blood bright red or dark? These are questions that need to be answered. ...Read more
Numerous: From hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulae, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulosis, to polyps, tumors benign or malignant. Also meckel's diverticulum, and upper GI sources such as ulcers and gastritis and tumors benign or malignant. No bleeding is normal. Get properly evaluated by a GI doctor or colorectal surgeon or at least by your primary care doctor. Do not ignore rectal bleeding. ...Read more
See your doctor.: The most common cause of rectal bleeding in an 18 yo would be hemorrhoids but there can be other causes such as anal fissures or anal fistula. There are even rarer causes and sometimes the bleeding may be coming from other areas such as the colon or stomach. You should be evaluated by a surgeon. ...Read more
Colonoscopy: Rectal bleeding is a symptom, not a diagnosis. It can represent something serious such as colon or rectal cancer, or something simple such as hemorrhoids. You need a physical examination followed by colonoscopy to diagnose the source; the treatment will differ depending on what the cause is. ...Read more
Sometimes: More worrisome features are darker blood, blood mixed with mucous, chronic bleeding worsening and persistent and recurring bleeding and bleeding associated with other GI symptoms, and increasing age. Though any or none of these factors could be a sign which needs evaluation if persistent. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Define the cause: You have to know the cause before you can discuss the treatment. So, seek help from your doctor, who can help direct investigation, which could include endoscopic evaluation by a GI specialist. Good luck. ...Read more
Multiple causes: At your age, i'd suspect anorectal disease, such as hemorrhoids, fistula, or fissure. You could have bleeding from a small bowel abnormality called meckel's diverticulum. Other causes include diverticular disease or inflammatory bowel disease. If the blood is dark and not red, it could come from the upper GI tract, such as the stomach. Good luck. ...Read more
Bright red blood: From rectum usually means hemorrhoids. But other causes are infection, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulosis, or rarely in your age group cancer, assuming that you have no blood abnormalities that affect clotting. Because cancer is a possibility, you should have a doctor look you over. Rectal bleeding is not normal. ...Read more
Anatomy & physiology: Lower part of rectum had communication between portal systems of GI tract that drains though liver & systemic system by normal venous return goes directly to heart, any increase of pressure in portal sys backs up, as in cirrhosis hemorriods etc and bleeds other reason to bleed, with each defecation due to streaching any ulcer like fissure, haemorroids, tumors, polyps infections all bleed. ...Read more