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Question: Rectal bleeding

 rastus - Sat Mar 26, 2005 3:10 am

I'm a 37 year old female and I've just noticed a little bleeding after some bowel movements over the past couple months. It happens maybe every couple of weeks, usually if I have had more than one bm in a day. The blood is bright red and I don't have any pain. I do get a little constipated somewhat frequently. I have an appointment with my doctor since it hasn't stopped, but I'm very worried about this.
As far as I know there is no history of colon or rectal cancer in my family, but I do know that my grandmother takes a lot of fiber due to frequent constipation and my mother had problems with diverticulitus for a couple of years.
 Theresa Jones, RN - Sat Mar 26, 2005 6:05 am

User avatar Hi rastus,
It's wise of you to have an evaluation completed. Keep in mind that numerous things may cause rectal bleeding. One for example, hemorrhoids, may cause bright red blood. Constipation problems aggravate this condition. During your evaluation, if this is found to be the contributing factor a high fiber diet and appropriate fluid intake is recommended.


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