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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


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Every month before my period, I experience rectal bleeding, what could cause this?

Every month before my period, I experience rectal bleeding, what could cause this?

Rare, but maybe...: Rectal bleeding shouldn't have any relation to your period. Causes of rectal bleeding range from hemorrhoids due to constipation (most common) to more serious things like cancer. However, more rare things include endometriosis of sigmoid and rectum, or inflammatory bowel disease flare ups during menses. If you're having unexpected rectal bleeding, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Blood after #2 in toilet. No period, no internal pain. Can it just be exterior rectal bleeding? Should I be worried?

Blood after #2 in toilet. No period, no internal pain. Can it just be exterior rectal bleeding? Should I be worried?

Hello.: Hello. This could be anal bleeding from a condition such as hemorrhoids. However, if this has happened more than once or twice, would recommend that this be evaluated. Even if you have external hemorrhoids, it doesn't mean that is the cause of your bleeding. ...Read more

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Is rectal bleeding a couple of day before a period normal? It's happened 2 times in the last 2 months now, bright red blood and only once before...

Is rectal bleeding a couple of day before a period normal? It's happened 2 times in the last 2 months now, bright red blood and only once before...

See a doctor: Kyrea - i'd suggest speaking with your gynecologist or a colorectal doc. If it is cyclical, and from your rectum, as you desribe - i'd be suspicious of endometriosis.

The most likely location, given your history - and if indeed even is this - is in the rectosigmoid junction.

However, first and foremost you should see a doc for further discussion of your history and then decision on work up. ...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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Blood in stool rectal bleeding and alternating constipation and loose stool. Is it cancer?

Blood in stool rectal bleeding and alternating constipation and loose stool. Is it cancer?

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

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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?

Not necessarily: Slow bleeding from colon cancer can lead to anemia, without visible blood or black tarry stools. More often than not, anemia is the presenting symptom, especially for right sided colon cancers. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is there any relationship between hemorrhoids bleeding and menstruation? Seem to have rectal bleeding from my hemmorhoids at the start of my period.

Is there any relationship between hemorrhoids bleeding and menstruation? Seem to have rectal bleeding from my hemmorhoids at the start of my period.

Exam or colonoscopy: Many people present with "piles" and this can actually be the issue or one of many other problems that your doctor can help
there are dietary, behavioral, hygiene modifications as well as procedures that can help with these common problems.
Both constipation and diarrhea can lead to this condition as well it is best if you consult with a general or colorectal surgeon to help with this matter. ...Read more

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A week1/2 late for my period, im not on birth control. I have vaginal swelling/itching (no discharge)lite rectal bleeding & cramps. What could this be?

A week1/2 late for my period, im not on birth control. I have vaginal swelling/itching (no discharge)lite rectal bleeding & cramps. What could this be?

#1 R/O preganancy: If neg could be due to other causes like hormones out of balance, a cyst on the ovaries, an infection, etc, your gyn needs to do an exam and work-up. ...Read more

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What does rectal bleeding mean?

What does rectal bleeding mean?

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

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What can cause rectal bleeding?

What can cause rectal bleeding?

Many possibilities: Hemorrhoid, anal fissure, anal fistula, draining peri-rectal abscess, colitis, colon polyps, bleeding stomach ulcers, bleeding colon diverticula, colon vascular malformation, colon or rectal cancer, and maybe others. ...Read more

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What can cause rectal bleeding?

What can cause rectal bleeding?

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

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I am 18 with severe rectal bleeding?

I am 18 with severe rectal bleeding?

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

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Is rectal bleeding a serious problem?

Is rectal bleeding a serious problem?

Rectal Bleeding: Rectal bleeding has a number of potential causes to include hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures, cancer, ; GI infections ; inflammatory conditions. Medical evaluation is recommended for rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have rectal bleeding?

See your doctor: There are various different causes of rectal bleeding. If you're experiencing rectal bleeding the best thing to do is to be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What can it be done for rectal bleeding?

What can it be done for rectal bleeding?

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

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Is rectal bleeding a serious health issue?

Rectal Bleeding: Rectal bleeding has a number of potential causes to include hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures, cancer, ; GI infections ; inflammatory conditions. Medical evaluation is recommended for rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have rectal bleeding?

What does it mean if you have rectal bleeding?

Many possibilities: Hemorrhoids, fissure, fistula, colitis, polyps, cancer, to name a few. Seek medical attention. ...Read more

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How much rectal bleeding would be considerd an emergency?

How much rectal bleeding would be considerd an emergency?

Coloring the toilet: If it is more than blood on the paper or the surface of the stool, should be considered an emergency. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Rectal bleeding?

What is the definition or description of: Rectal bleeding?

An imprecise term: "Rectal bleeding" often denotes bright red blood per rectum that may originate from multiple causes involving the anal canal, rectum, or even distal colon. ...Read more

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What cause rectal bleeding during menstration?

Endometriosis: The classic answer to this q is endometriosis of the bowel, an unusual problem. Otherwise you may have a separate problem. Anyone with rectal bleeding should have at minimum a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy. A pelvic ultrasound may also be indicated to work-up this problem. What doe your gyn doc say? ...Read more

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How much is to much blood from rectal bleeding?

How much is to much blood from rectal bleeding?

See your MD: Any rectal bleed should not be taken lightly. It can be as simple hemorrhoids or a sign of a serious condition.
You should be seen by your Doctor and have a detailed thorough examination and work up should be done based on the findings of the examination.
So if you have bleeding from rectum see your Doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have rectal bleeding triggered by stress?

What to do if I have rectal bleeding triggered by stress?

No: Rectal bleeding is not cause by stress. You should be evaluated by your doctor or surgeon to find out what is the cause of the bleeding. The most common way to find out source of bleeding are rectal examination, anoscopy and colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Lower left adominal pain and rectal bleeding?

Serious: This could be a serious condition. Could be diverticulitis or cancer. See a doctor immediately please! ...Read more

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I have rectal bleeding, should I go to the er?

I have rectal bleeding, should I go to the er?

Rectal Bleeding: Not usually. But, if it is grossly bleeding and you cannot get it stopped then yes, of course.

But, most rectal bleeding is related to a small tear called an anal fissure or by a hemorrhoid. Both of these common problems are much better managed by your family doctor. ...Read more

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How can you stop constipation & rectal bleeding?

How can you stop constipation & rectal bleeding?

Constipation: Maybe a chronic problem. Have to take stool softeners drink lots of fluids, may need senekot (although not recommend to use for long time) but, for the rectal bleeding that may be due to straining you should have a doctor take a look and may even need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What can cause rectal bleeding (bright red blood)?

What can cause rectal bleeding (bright red blood)?

Too many things: To give a complete list but hemorrhoids, fissures, proctitis, colitis, colon polyps, colon cancer, diverticular disease are just a few. Remember it is NEVER normal to have rectal bleeding so do not ignore and go get an evaluation by your PCP, GYN, or a GI or Colon and rectal Surgeon ASAP. ...Read more

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Hi I'm getting rectal bleeding and painful to poo?

Hi I'm getting rectal bleeding and painful to poo?

Hemorrhoids?: Bleeding from the rectum and painful bowel movements is likely due to either hemorrhoids or a fissure (a small tear) in your anus. However, bleeding from the rectum is never normal and should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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When do I need to go to the ER for rectal bleeding?

Rectal bleeding: Is usually caused by hemorroids, but it can also be caused by diverticulosis, tumors, trauma, angiodysplasia, or upper GI bleeding. You should go to ed when it does not stop when you lie down. Otherwise, you can wait ti see the doctor the following business day. ...Read more

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Is a colonoscopy needed for chronic rectal bleeding?

Is a colonoscopy needed for chronic rectal bleeding?

Yes, if you want to: Find out the origin of the bleeding. Most common cause of rectal bleeding is hemorrhoids, but other causes are possible, such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, crohn's disease, diverticulosis, or angiodysplasia. ...Read more

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Help please! Could coconut water help rectal bleeding?

Help please! Could coconut water help rectal bleeding?

No effect: Coconut water is clear liquid inside young coconuts and is high in potassium and magnesium, along with water and some sugar. None of these elements will have any effect on rectal bleeding. It is important to find the source of bleeding, whether it is due to hemorrhoids or a rectal fissure, which are benign, or from polyps or tumors in the colon. If persistent, see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Mild rectal bleeding and dizziness. What could this be?

Rectal bleeding: Depends how long you have been bleeding. The dizziness can be related to your bleeding. Should get a set of labs to look at you hemoglobin and hematocrit. ...Read more

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What can I do for rectal bleeding caused by constipation?

You: You may first need a laxative from the drug store (such as milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) magnesium citrate, or miralax). Then you would need a program to prevent constipation with increased oral liquid intake and stool softeners (colace or others) and increased fiber intake with fruits and vegetable and sometimes supplements (such as metamucil, citrucel, fibercon). Some medications can also worsen constipation such as pain medications and others. If there is increasing problems, then you need to see your doctor for and evaluation. ...Read more

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Will I need colonoscopy if I have chronic rectal bleeding?

Will I need colonoscopy if I have chronic rectal bleeding?

Yes: In order to determine the source of bleeding and to stop it if possible. It could be bleeding from a cancer, benign tumor, ulcerative colitis. These are all potentially serious problems. Get colonoscopy if your doctor recommends it. ...Read more

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