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(Gross) Question About Health (Not Weight Loss)
This is gross. When I poo, it hurts--a lot. Kinda like I'm constipated/tearing my pooper. Today it was even worse--there was blood with it too.
Now here's the thing--I'm quite young, so colon cancer *shouldn't* be the problem. Has anything had anything like this before? And if so, how did you fix it?
I will go to a doctor next week if it doesn't get better--but unfortunately I don't have a doctor where I'm currently living, so I'd rather figure it out first if I could.
Sat. Aug 19, 4:44pm
This is actually not uncommon. If you don't have regular fiber in your diet, you could have bowel trouble. Lots of vegetables and fruit usually do the trick, if not then things like bran or even beans.
If this continues though, I would recommend a doctor. Sometimes blood can be a sign of irritable bowel syndrome or (possibly) even intestinal ulcers in extreme cases.
Hope this helps.
Saturday, August 19, 2006, 4:57 PM
if the stool is very firm and 'large' then the blood likely was from a tear in the rectum, but it's definitely something to keep an eye on and if you have the slightest inkling that it might be internal I would get thee to a doctor posthaste because an ulcerated intestine can bleed copious amounts internally and is a sign of all kinds of very bad things (like Crohn's, IBS, or cancer).
How long has this been going on? How much fiber do you get normally? Do you eat 6-8 servings of fruit and veggies a day? If not, how many would you say you get? Have you tried taking a fiber supplement? You may want to consider a stool softener for a period - it won't speed things up, but it will make what comes out softer. However, these are also habit-forming (much like laxatives) in that if your body gets too used to them, it will stop functioning normally without them.
A visit to your doctor would likely help you answer some questions and give you some options for handling it. Best wishes!
Saturday, August 19, 2006, 5:35 PM
I have read (don't know from experience) that endometriosis can cause pain with bowel movements.
Saturday, August 19, 2006, 5:52 PM
I'm working on this problem myself...it's not every time for me, but maybe once a week. It used to be a few times a week, but things improved to this current level now that I get plenty of fiber and drink 100oz of water a day. Still, the problem hasn't completely disappeared. Right now I'm trying colonics to give myself a clean slate and see if that helps. After noting the, ahem, hardness of my, ahem, eliminations, the naturopathic doctor recommend Omega 3 fish oils to lubricate the walls of the colon. If this doesn't have the desired effect, I might just pick up a box of stool softener I noticed in the pharmacy today.
Saturday, August 19, 2006, 6:38 PM
dark black, tar-like stool is an indication of blood presenting above the intestinal tract that has been digested. this is potentially serious. bright red blood could be something as simple as an undigested corn chip that has torn the lining of your colon upon exiting.
Saturday, August 19, 2006, 7:00 PM
That sounds to me (having had this experience) like an anal fissure - which is a sign you need more water and fiber in your diet. Increase your fiber intake gradually (or you'll be uncomfortable) and see if the problem resolves itself.
Saturday, August 19, 2006, 7:50 PM
it could be:
a hemmorhoid . . if you are frequently constipated, strain a lot-hemmorhoids can be external or internal. if you have an external one, you should be able to feel it on your anus. hemmorhoids can be really awful and require surgery or they can be no more than an occassion itch or pain after a bowel movement.
a polyp: . . .if there is quite a bit of blood in the toilet, not just on the paper, and this happens several times in a row, you may have polyps in the intestine/colon. If this is the case, it is extremely important that you go to your doctor asap to have this taken care of.
Saturday, August 19, 2006, 11:15 PM
OP here. Thanks guys--I'm thinking this is a lack of fiber/water problem, bcz I haven't been drinking much water lately, and it started soon after I stopped drinking 1 L a day.
However, if that doesn't help I will go to the doctor. Thank you for coming up with some viable solutions/possible diagnoses.
I'm glad this group does more than motivate us to loose weight! :)
Sunday, August 20, 2006, 1:30 PM
1L is not much water - only about 33 oz. You might want to try getting even more than that (of course, some of it can come from other non-alcoholic drinks and foods that contain a lot of water)
Sunday, August 20, 2006, 1:52 PM
Go ... no pun intended ASAP!!!
It could be anything from hemmoroids to the big 'C' -- but most likely it is simple hemmoroids -- you need medical, professional help immediately. This is not even a real question, even if you have to go the emergency room.
Sunday, August 20, 2006, 3:41 PM
adding active enzymes to your diet can also help break down the food you eat and keep thing moving smoothly.
You can buy it at health food stores in liquid or capsule form. I am using the liquid and it ha been beneficial.
Dannon Activa also claims to contain active cultures and be helpful at regulating bowels
Sunday, August 20, 2006, 8:07 PM
to the op...
how are you making out?
Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 3:45 PM
OP here--if you want to know, I'm 100% now it's a mixture of constipation/fissures. So I'm drinking a lot of water and trying to eat more fiber. Yesterday was good, but today was bad. It's amazing that it's been varying based on what I've been eating.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 11:54 PM
This could be a combo of constipation from lack of fiber and hemoriods. I would go to the doctor to make sure as they can give you a topical or something.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 11:58 AM
op- I know this is a few years down the road since you posted and I hope that you have resolved this problem. I take 1 to 2 T of flaxseed oil every day (you need to work up to that!!). Doesn't taste all that great - but the benefits are worth it! Keeps you from getting constipated by oiling your colon and everything just slides out! I gave this to my 90 year old mother who had problems with hemorrhoids. Her bowl movements never bothered her as long as she took the flaxseed oil. Miss a few days and they became painful for her again. Flaxseed oil is also good for your skin, hair, cholesterol, triglycerides, help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. I use the oil because it is faster and easier. If you use the ground flaxseed you have to plan ahead on what you will put it in/on and how you are going to use it. The oil is also better for anyone that has IBS or any kind of bowl problems - anything that advises you to stay away from seeds. Do some searches on benefits of flaxseed oil. Good luck!!
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