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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Rectal Problems
Answer: Probably the cortisone, common things being common sounds like a hemorrhoid being irritated. Sitting in 4 inches of very hot water 2-3 times a day will also help.
Answer: No way of knowing without a rectal examination. Rectal bleeding is usually from hemorroids, but needs to be evaluated if it persists.
Answer: Black stool can be from lots of things one of which is bleeding. This type of bleeding would be from your stomach or duodenum since acid is required to turn it black. Colon bleeding is not black. Most drug stores have kits for 10$ or so which will check your blood, merely put a strip of paper in the toilet. In the meantime, won't hurt to stop the Ginkgo Biloba, Kava and any aspirin or like product. OTC drugs like Zantac is a good treatment for gastritis. But, if it is positive, better to see your md.
Answer: There is no way to tell from the volume if it is hemorrhoids or not. With this persistence, you need a GI specialist to look at your colon. The mucous would be atypical for hemorrhoids-more typical of different types of colitis.
Stool Size; Rectal Problems
Answer: Did they perform a voiding barium study? This can show problems with the anal sphincter and retention not shown on a flex sig. A colo-rectal surgeon would be a good pick instead of a gastroenterologist.
Blood in stool
Answer: Continued blood from the stool needs to be investigated. There is no possibility pregnancy would produce this condition. Repeated rectal bleeding may be as simple as a hemorrhoid or as serious as colitis or cancer. I would strongly recommend that she consult her physician.
Blood in stool
Answer: The most common cause of blood in the feces is hemorrhoids. However, persistent blood needs to be checked to rule out tumors or colitis. If you are young and have no family history of colon cancer, this probably is nothing to be concerned about. You can check the interior of the feces for occult blood by getting a hemocult or equivalent (sometimes available in stores). However, this probably needs a rectal examination and may need further tests depending on your family history.
Blood in stool
Answer: For young people, blood in the stool usually indicates hemorrhoids only. However, repeat tests should be done to ensure that blood does not persist in the stool. A physicians visit for a manual rectal is also a good idea. If you have no family history or colon cancer there is a low (not zero) risk of cancer. Other causes are bowel infections and inflammatory conditions of the bowel. These would necessitate further evaluation.
Answer: What have the doctors done? Persistent rectal bleeding usually requires a colonoscopy. However, sometimes in spite of this, no source is found. Occasionally, tagged red blood cells will find the spot of the bleeding.
Answer: At your age cancer is remote to non-existent. Bleeding from the rectum (with no family history of colon cancer) before the age of 40 is either 1) hemorrhoids 2) Inflammatory Bowel Disease 3) Colonic infection. Infection is usually accompanied by diarrhea. 4) Congenital defect. Of these, hemorrhoids is by far the most common. I'd get some stool blood strips at a local drug store. If the blood persists you'll need to see a physician. If it doesn't you probably have little to be concerned about.
Answer: Rectal bleeding can be a sign of a serious problem or merely bleeding hemorrhoids. This type of bleeding is statistically bleeding hemorrhoids. However, if the bleeding persists he needs to see his physician for a rectal examination and possibly an anoscopy. If he has a family history of colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or is over 50, the odds of a serious problem increase.