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Question: how do i tell if i'm internally bleeding

 appendiless - Mon Jan 12, 2009 4:21 am

I went in for surgery yesterday to have my appendix removed. Today I started bleeding a bit but i don't know if its because i'm having a break through bleed from my period or internally bleeding. Then 3 hours ago i had my first bowel movenment and there was blood around my stool that looked like a booger covered in blood. I can't tell if the pain i'm experiancing is normal, if its cramps or if its cause i'm internally bleeding, my temperature is normal (37.6C) and i'm a bit light headed.
How do I know if I'm bleeding internally or not??
 Debbie Miller, RN - Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:45 pm

User avatar Hello,
Some ridding of old blood would be common and nothing to be concerned about. Your blood pressure (dropping) and rapid pulse, as well as swelling can be indicators of continual bleeding. Whenever you are in doubt in the immediate post op, recovery period you should call your provider or the number they gave you at the outpatient center.

Good luck.
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Sun Oct 04, 2009 2:22 am

User avatar Hi,
Personally i don't think there is cause enough to believe that there is any on-going internal bleed.However, please consult your specialist if you are feeling uneasy.Cheers!
 tom099 - Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:32 pm

my stomach feels kinda firm,also i had some bleed in my stool on tuesday but doctors didn't find any thing should i be worried about internal bleeding.

 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:38 pm

User avatar Hi tom099,
When we mean 'internal bleeding', in medical paralance, it means 'occult' bleeding(generally into one of the serous cavities of the body).
You seem to have noted some blood in the stool, which is not an indicator of 'internal bleed', but all the same, needs to be investigated. Please consult your doctor and get checked up.Best wishes!

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