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Question: blood in bowel movements


 tulip18 - Sun Sep 26, 2004 11:26 am

Thank u for ur quick reply... well yesterday i started to get abodominal pain (upper in between my navel and breast bone) this happened after the bleeding so im not sure if its connected. i did have an endoscopy done 3 or 4 weeks ago and that came out negative, but i did experience pain for a few days after my endoscopy. I should add that i am also very inactive for an 18 year old... and i think that could be the cause of my constipation... i am in germany so i cant just go see the doctor without going through the hassle of insurance.... thats why ur advice is important to me.... the abdominal pain is ussually the worst while im eating.... thank u for ur time
 Carolyn Merritt, LPN - Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:09 pm

User avatar Dear Tulip:
Chronic constipation can cause rectal bleeding and pain in the abdominal area. In fact when one is constipated they just feel lousy all over. To avoid constipation you need to eat foods with lots of fiber such as grains, fruits, vegetables and most importantly drink at least 8 large glasses of water a day. Taking a stool softenor can also help prevent the stool to pass without causing bleeding. Because older people (seniors) tend to eat less fibrous foods and drink less water as they get older they have more trouble with constipation and tend to focus a lot on their bowel problems. Someone your age, though (18) should not be experiencing worry over bowel movements. If you follow the guidelines set out above then nature should take its course and your constipation should disappear. Then you will feel better I'm sure.
Regards,
Carolyn

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