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How to tell my husband I think I have gastrointestinal bleeding?

How to tell my husband I think I have gastrointestinal bleeding?

EASY ~ TELL HIM: Most importantly is to inform your healthcare provider and get evaluated soon. ...Read more

Dr. K. Mujib Haque
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Gastrointestinal Bleeding (Definition)

A long tube runs from the mouth to the anus. It includes, in order, the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, ileus), caecum, the ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid colon (or large intestine) and the rectum. The space inside that tube, the lumen, is considered to be outside of the body. When we bleed into that space ...Read more


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Why gastrointestinal bleeding?

Why gastrointestinal bleeding?

Many: Varices, ulcers, vascular abnormalities, cancers, polyps, diverticulosis, ibd or hemorrhoids to name a few. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding?

What are symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding?

MANY: There is no specific symptom but here are some: bleeding, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, vomiting blood, blood per rectum, black stools to name a few. ...Read more

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What are signs of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

What are signs of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

Black, tarry stools: Bleeding in the gastrointestinal (gi, gut) tract can be unnoticed if low amounts and intermittent. Lower GI bleeds can result in bright red blood per rectum (brbpr) or maroon stools. Bleeding in the upper GI tract passes through the bowels and gets transformed to a black tarry, or sometimes called "coffee grounds" look. A simple test for blood is the fecal (stool) occult blood test. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of gastrointestinal bleeding?

What are possible causes of gastrointestinal bleeding?

MANY: There are many causes for a gastrointestinal bleed. To name a few: ulcers, varices, cancer, medications, arterial venous malformations, polyps and hemorrhoids. The best thing is to see a gastroenterologist who can perform and upper endoscopy and/or colonoscopy to find the cause and provide the best treatment. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

What are the symptoms of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

Melena: Or black tarry stools usually. Also, blood is a cathartic which means you may have very loose stools. If the bleeding persists you can become anemic and symptoms of that are lightheadedness, pale skin and pale conjunctivae in your eyes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding in a male?

What are the symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding in a male?

Black or bloody: Stools, if you have black, really foul smelling stools then it's usually an upper GI bleed and if there is frank blood in the stool then it's likely a lower GI bleed. Also, blood is a cathartic which means you may have very loose stools as well. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Gastrointestinal bleeding?

What is the definition or description of: Gastrointestinal bleeding?

Blood in GI Tract: A long tube runs from the mouth to the anus. It includes, in order, the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, ileus), caecum, the ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid colon (or large intestine) and the rectum. The space inside that tube, the lumen, is considered to be outside of the body. When we bleed into that space its called GI bleeding ...Read more

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Drugs may have caused gastrointestinal bleeding. Should I go to the ER or wait to see?

Drugs may have caused gastrointestinal bleeding. Should I go to the ER or wait to see?

CALL YOUR DOCTOR NOW: Yes, certain medications can predispose you to GI bleeding for example: aspirin, motrin, coumadin, (warfarin) Plavix to name a few. Call your healthcare provider and inform him of your concern. If you have symptoms by all means go to er: bleeding, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain. Call your doctor, its never the wrong thing to do. ...Read more

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If left untreated, will gastrointestinal bleeding harm you?

If left untreated, will gastrointestinal bleeding harm you?

Depends: This strongly depends on the cause of the bleeding. Any undiagnosed GI bleeding warrants further evaluation. There are several potentially minor and self limited causes for bleeding, but there are also some very concerning or dangerous causes like cancers or ulcers. If you don't have a diagnosis for bleeding, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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I had small amount of black in stool once and next time the stool was all brown was that a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding? No other symptoms

I had small amount of black in stool once and next time the stool was all brown was that a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding? No other symptoms

Not to worry: Upper gastrointestinal bleeding can turn the feces black, but it does so throughout the feces, not just in part of it. A small speck of black may simply be some black ingested food passing through. ...Read more

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Will cirrhosis cause gastrointestinal bleeding?

Will cirrhosis cause gastrointestinal bleeding?

It can: It can. You can bleed from varices: dilated blood vessels in the esophagus. People with cirrhosis can also bleed from the usual causes, such as gastritis and ulcers, especially if they're drinking. It's generally recommended that people with cirrhosis get an upper endoscopy to find out whether they have varices, since there are things that can be done to prevent them from bleeding. ...Read more

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What if have dark bowel color --is it gastrointestinal bleeding?

What if have dark bowel color --is it gastrointestinal bleeding?

Maybe: Digested blood from the upper GI tract is usually black, marroon and or tarry/loose in consistency. If you think you may be having GI blood loss you should always see your doctor for evaluation. There are simple tests which can be done on stool to evaluate for the presence of blood. Anytime you have copious amounts of black tarry stool or bright blood in stool seek immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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Suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding, on ibuprofen. What is the right treatment?

Suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding, on ibuprofen. What is the right treatment?

Stop ibuprofen: You should stop taking Ibuprofen and see you doctor for further evaluation to determine the severity and cause of bleeding. ...Read more

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Does ulcer cause most of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

Does ulcer cause most of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

MANY CAUSES: Upper GI bleed can be from esophagitis, esophageal varices, esophageal tears, cancer, polyps, gastritis, errosions and ulcers. ...Read more

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Aspirin causes gastrointestinal bleeding. So what should I take if prior stroke and broken pelvis?

Aspirin causes gastrointestinal bleeding. So what should I take if prior stroke and broken pelvis?

Some meds: Clopidogrel (plavix), might be helpful, and, in some cases following stroke, a statin called Lipitor (atorvastatin) will help to prevent further strokes. Depending on the cause of your stroke, your doctor can help select an appropriate regimen. ...Read more

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If you find someone died with bowel obstruction could there have been gastrointestinal bleeding?

If you find someone died with bowel obstruction could there have been gastrointestinal bleeding?

Possibly: Significant bleeding with bowel obstruction is not common. If the obstruction was from a cancer bleeding is perhaps more likely but in general this is not a big issue. There can certainly be bleeding associated with surgery for bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bright blood in stool and bleeding?

Hemorrhoids bleed: Blood in the stool is never "normal". However, bright anal blood on the outside of stool is usually from hemorrhoids (swollen anal veins). They are not serious and warm baths with epsom salts and a cream like anusol will help.
However, if the bleeding is persistent, do see a doctor for an examination.
All the best, peter wilk, md. ...Read more

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I'm having symptoms of blood in stool! Could my insides be bleeding?

I'm having symptoms of blood in stool! Could my insides be bleeding?

Blood in stool: There is bleeding somewhere in your GI tract. Possible causes of blood in stool include: fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, cancer, ulcers, infections, inflammation, Diverticular disease & Angiodysplasia. Get evaluated if more than a one time occurrence. ...Read more

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I have hemorrhoids and the dr. Has given medicated suppository but is it normal to have frequent bleeding and blood in stool? Cuz it kind of worries me

I have hemorrhoids and the dr. Has given medicated suppository but is it normal to have frequent bleeding and blood in stool? Cuz it kind of worries me

No bleeding of: Any kind is normal! Unreliable to assume blood around stool is only due to hemorrhoids and very risky. All rectal bleeding shoulkd be properly evaluated by a colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Hi. I have an issue with bleeding from rectum. No blood in stool, just when I wipe. There is also slight leakage. There is no pain, just slight discomfort at times. I did have a bit of constipation recently, but that was resolved. Please help.

Hi. I have an issue with bleeding from rectum. No blood in stool, just when I wipe. There is also slight leakage. There is no pain, just slight discomfort at times. I did have a bit of constipation recently, but that was resolved. Please help.

Anal problems: These can be quite common problems. A doctor may need to investigate if the problems persist or become worse. Significant bleeding, pain or more leakage would make me concerned. A GI doctor is probably best suited to help with these types of issues. Constipation should be managed and prevented at all costs - especially if things are already inflammed. You probably know to take alot of water/fruits ...Read more

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I went off the pill 3 months ago and have since only had 1 period. I have period like cramps but no bleeding. Mucous and blood in stool as well.

I went off the pill 3 months ago and have since only had 1 period. I have period like cramps but no bleeding. Mucous and blood in stool as well.

Bcp's stop/no period: Your "normal cycle" usually starts within 4-6 weeks after stopping bcp's, unless prior to taking the bcp's you had very irregular periods (as in PCOS). If your prior cycles were regular, you should obtain a serum HCG test to make certain you are not pregnant. Ask your healthcare provider to refer you as well to a GI specialist for your bowel symptoms. ...Read more

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Rectal bleeding, heavy bright red blood in stool and lower back pain. What should I do?

Rectal bleeding, heavy bright red blood in stool and lower back pain. What should I do?

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

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Rectal bleeding, heavy bright red blood in stool and lower back pain. What should I do?

Rectal bleeding, heavy bright red blood in stool and lower back pain. What should I do?

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

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When liver cirrhosis blood in stool made colonoscopy there is no proof bleeding everything is normal what is reason for bleeding? How can I diagnose

When liver cirrhosis blood in stool made colonoscopy there is no proof bleeding everything is normal what is reason for bleeding? How can I diagnose

EGD is next.: People with cirrhosis can get varicose (dilated veins) within the esophagus which can bleed. If the colonoscopy didn’t show anything then the next step should be EGD for a look at the esophagus. Blood testing as well to see if you’re anemic and/or coagulopathic. ...Read more

Dr. Jason Campbell
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Rectal Bleeding (Definition)

"Rectal bleeding" often denotes bright red blood per rectum that may originate from multiple causes involving the anal canal, rectum, ...Read more


Dr. Gary Pess
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Gastrointestinal (Definition)

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