recurring blood in poop

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Leah asks,

I have had poop in my blood from mid-December last year to the beginning of March. When pooping it was VERY painful... so much so that I literally cringed even at the thought of pooping. Anyways, I finally went to the doctor to see what was up. She did her probe and declared me perfectly healthy, but gave me some medication to see if it would reduce the pain and the blood. It did. But since I've discontinued the use, I've started to poo blood again and it hurts a LOT. Has this happened to anyone? Does anyone have any idea what's wrong?

Poonurse responds:

Do you have poop in your blood, or blood in your poop? Very different problems.

If you have the former, I would say you are in deep doo-doo, no pun intended. It is very hard to get poop out of your blood.

If the problem is the latter, I would advise you to start back on the medication your doctor gave you for this problem. See if you can't find out what the ACTUAL NAME of your condition is, from your REAL DOCTOR. This would go a long way towards helping me give you some advice.

Let me know what it is when you find out, and I'll see if I can offer any help.

Leah writes back,

The medication my doctor gave me is called Proctomyxin HC. I was to apply it morning and night and after every poop for ten days. I did all of this as instructed. My doctor thought it was a cut that I had "in there." The medication started to work, but not after one huge poop of blood. It was on my poop, I think, although I didn't excatly pick up my poop and open it up. After this terrifying incident, it went away -- both the pain and the blood. It stoped for the duration of my ten days, and I was a happy pooper. Since then, I've discontinued the medication (as instructed), but the blood has now returned, along with the pain. But, if this makes sense, the pain has moved to a different area in my rectum. But it hurts just as much!

Dear Leah,

As you know, I am not a doctor. But it sounds like you possibly could have a rectal fissure, which is like a tiny tear in the lining of the rectum. It can cause pain and rectal bleeding such as you describe.

But I must tell you that beyond following a high fiber diet and drinking tons of water (these make the poop easier to pass and less likely to keep irritating your rectum), you REALLY NEED to go back to the butt doctor and report that your symptoms have returned.

If you have a family doctor treating you, ask for a referral to a gastroenterologist. They specialize in these kinds of problems. But do go back.

Thanks for asking Poonurse!

Please be advised that I am only a Poonurse. I am NOT a medical doctor. Any advice I give should be taken moderate skepticism. Please consult a REAL medical doctor if you feel you have a serious medical condition.

-- Poonurse

Poonurse is an RN with 25 years experience in labor and delivery. Her qualifications include seeing a lot of poop, and owning a computer. Also, she works in Michigan, which she calls the asshole of the universe, so that's another bit of credibility.

Got a question for her?

308 Comments on "recurring blood in poop"

scared one's picture

early this morning I went to the bathroom , and it took forever and hurt really bad. when i flushed, i looked and it was red and partly bloody, Am i getting my period?

Anonymous Coward's Bowel Movements's picture

Some believe that a minimal blood present without further symptoms sort of is not enough to warrent too much concern. They reckon that it's probably only dangerous if other digestive symptoms surface, or else if the blood is kind of maroon or darker.

My situation is sort of on the fence. I have blood and very bad odor (sulfur/metallic smell) every so often with no other symptoms. But the blood is deep red, so it worries me. I dont want to go to the doctors but I kind of think I should.

Confuddled...'s picture

Ten days ago I had surgery on my leg (I know its "just a leg" but it was major surgery) post-op I was in hospital for 5 days, during the 5 days I was given blood thinning needles to prevent blood clotting. Once discharged from hospital, I've been confined to 2 weeks strict bed-rest at home, I'm only allowed to get up and go to the loo then straight back to bed.
Yesterday I went for a poop and when I wiped, the the toilet paper had heaps of blood on it, looking in the bowl, the water was red. Of course I freaked out but then I sat back and thought, "well I have been inactive for nearly 2 weeks now, I've been lying flat on my back with next to no movement, perhaps this explains it? Maybe a hemmoroid?"
I there anychance the blood thinning needles which I haven't had for 8 days now, could be responsible? My mum thinks this is unlikely as after 8 days it would have happened before now.
I'm not too stressed as the bood is bright and I'm not in any pain, if it sticks around I will see my GP. Just want opinions on the blood thinning meds, could this cause it, or is it more than likely my inactivity?

Thanks =)

Colby Web's picture

I noticed something strange only since my crap didn't flush down. I looked at it before the flush and it looked regular but I didn't see that it didn't flush down becuase it was big. An hour later I come back and see that the water near the log looks pinkish and the log of crap itself was washed out, very light beige, almost whitish. This freeked me out. I'm worried that all my craps are like this and wonder if its normal and should I test them by not flushin for an hour to see if they look like this. Anybody, has this happend to your's?

some1reallyworried about their health's picture

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE someone help me my mom wont listen to me when i tell her "Ok so I have noticed lately that it kinda hurts to push my poop out but then just today i went to go to the bathroom and it did hurt, not a lot but enough to have me wince a little, so i wiped and there was a lot of blood and in the toilet there was a lot also i told my mom and she just said "we cant go to the doctor eveytime there is a little problem' I am 14 by the way. Please help me what do I do.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I'm 26. I've had rectal bleeding on and off for ages. My bowel movements are going haywire... One minute I'm crapping solid, the next sloppy. I'll have to bolt to the sh*tta because it just hits me. The last few times I've taken a dump, the toilet bowl is just red, there are blood splatters on the sides. Bright red blood. Basically looks like i've got my period out of my bung hole. I'm really worried, but don't want a doctor shoving anything up my ass. I'm also female.

Comment on my poop's picture

I had blood in my poop. I was so worried about the poop that I went to the doctor. He looked at my anus and said it probably is hemmoroids, but keep looking at the poop to see how often it happens and come back in two weeks. If the poop has a lot more there would be tests.

NikkiTheWorriedGirl's picture

Yeah...hi again. I need some more help. When i pooed yesterday, there was no blood! Yay! but I kinda feel... heartburny. but not too bad. I keep like having to burp (ok please dont laugh) And my poo is diahreeuh like (i cant spell) What does that mean? If Im *ahem* constipated what kinds of food should i eat/ i tried a bowl of corn ad it doesn;t seem to be helping. what else"/ and i drink at least 2 glasses of water a day.

prarie doggin's picture
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Flush it.

Sam Cole's picture

I have just had a poo and there was blood on it and on the toilet paper what do i do?

daphne's picture
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Nikki, you need to tell your mom what's going on. You might have a hemorrhoid, or you might have a tiny anal fissure. Listen, your mom can help you get some relief, and she should understand.

Please don't be afraid to talk to her.

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

NikkiTheWorriedGirl's picture

Umm hi i'm 12 and i pretty much have symptoms of you all. But I have it a little different: When I poo, it hurts a little. When I wipe, There is a speck of blood about the size of your index fingers nail, but it isn't there when I wipe for a second time, I have slight stomach pains and Feel a little quesy for about 3 minutes then it goes away but I take a tums to be sure and that happens every other day I saw blood twice it was kinda light red but kinda bright there was nothing in the poo itself should I be worried? I think its like most of you said, a anal fissure because the poo hurts when its still *ahem* coming out... and I'm 12 My mom freaks out real bad if i just say 'ow my stomach hurts' so I don't want to freak her out with telling her this and I obviously can't go to the doctor because i'd have to tell her and my doctors a man! If its just like a cut in my *ahem* butt then how do i heal it? What can i do? Please help. I'm a girl, age 12 (and I know It's not 'that time of the month' because it is only on the toilet paper and it only happens when I poo. Thanx for any advice!!!!

Masters's picture

Powerful, just get help now.feces

But I think for one, you may have a fat digestion disorder i.e. a high conc of bouyant fat in them. I have symptoms like yours, save the blood. The symptons get worst with eating a lot of dairy. My feces are pale gray with unimaginable odor -- I still smell them an hour later, even longer if I leave for a while and come back into the house. Also, they float so much that I can hardly get them to flush down. I never dare go at work
Sometimes I have to get then down via a bucket of water. And they stick to the toilet bowel to the extent that I have to do some scrub actions on the porcelin every crap.

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Powerful: dark red blood is partly digested; black stools may have a lot of blood in them. I am not a physician, but I have read enough to know that these signs can possibly point to internal bleeding, such as a bleeding ulcer. I would not trust such a problem simply to go away. It may hold off for a few days now and then, but it's still lurking. I suggest a doctor visit soon.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Yo all u guys, this is not that scary, wt u need to do is go out to any cvs or rite aid and get this stuff called benefiber, thses are pills tht u take no more bleeding the very first night, so god luck.

Powerful's picture

I'm worried since I haven't read about my combo: I have pale stools with darker red blood a lot of the time. Then they get very dark, black. Then back to pale and blood. Also, since this started 5 months ago, the odor has been just awful. I farted on my wood chair last week and I still smelled it next day! I have'nt been to doctors in years and I'm hoping just to get back to normal. My bowel movments have been normal last day and 1/2, I'm just hoping my next one looks normal

MSG's picture
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Hello, AC. You don't say whether you have seen a doctor. DO IT NOW. It may be nothing serious, or it may be something quite serious. I hope you don't think the doctor will be shocked to look at your anus and rectum; he's seen it all many times. Please go.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Hi, im 19 yrs old and i have blood on my poop, I dont feel any pain(but i might be feeling something from blood loss and my stomach has been acting weird lately,there is enough blood when i wipe myself that it bleeds through,there is also white stuff on my poop,maybe its from a riped tissue with t-cells trying to heal the spot?i had this happen b4 1 time it was last year and it happened i think for 6 months or less

Anonymous Coward #55's picture

Hi,im 19 yrs old, i have blood in my poop,the blood is getting on the poop and i dont feel any pain, there is a lot of blood,once it started dripping blood(4drops)while pooping, its fresh blood and it stopped like a year ago then it came back, in the poop, there are white stuff sometimes, im guessing its t cells or b cells that is reparing maybe a ripped tissue?everytime when i wipe, there is blood on it and is very obvious,the blood even bleeds through the toilet paper sometimes

Anonymous Coward's picture

I have had blood to and also mucas, it went away after some enemas but has come back i am due to see the speacilist again on the 30th so fingers crossed. they have already tested me for samanella also krones dissae. the last time i had it said it was proctitus nothin other specific. it just came on one day an stayed, i have never had intercourse or anything like that there so not sure what it could be... my sister suffers from IBS an my auntie suffers from krones, maybe i have a mutated verrsion of the 2 ha ha

brave soul's picture

hi all,
i am returning here as i promised myself if i found out what was wrong with me i would come back here and comment.
like your-selves i found this site as i was concerned about blood on the tissue after i went to the toilet.
being a very nervous person i refused to go to the doctor not beacause i was afraid of the doctor but was afraid if something was seriousy wrong with 40 years old and for the last year stomach discomfort was on my mind.when i pushed my stomach i felt abit sore.
anyhow ...i bit the bullet and had a colonoscopy..which was a piece of cake and didnt feel a thing..dont listen to anybody frightening you..i was put to sleep and when i woke i knew what was wrong with me.
coilitis. not saying this is whats wrong with anybody having blood on tissue.what im trying to say is ..bit the bullet .if i can do it anyone can..and i have a phobia about hospitals from when i was younger.
now on medication to control it..
bets of luck to all

prarie doggin's picture
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Silly AC's, you both probably have hemmoroids or possibly a anal tear. Either way, please see a doctor, as both are treatable. Just remember "if the blood in your stool is a bright color red, no need to fear, you won't soon be dead." If the blood is dark, brown and tarry, well what can I say? I'm so very sorry.

As for you Mr. girlsdontpoop BVC. I am preparing a parcel from my daughter for you complete with a signed and notorized certificate of authenticity. I hope this will put your theory to rest.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Hey, I'm 13 yrs old and i've been seeing blood on the tissue for 2 days now. It hurts when i "go" and it's hard to get out. My parents know and we're going to let it go for a few days but if it keeps up, i'm going to see a doctor. I don't have any cramps and no there isn't a lot of blood. Just some on the tissue. I do sit a lot and my diet isn't the healthiest so i've been excercising more and going on a high fiber "diet". Anyone have any idea if this is serious? Any suggestions? Please comment!

baron von crapalot's picture
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AC, no you are not!! why? because girls dont poop!!!

Did I just fart?.... Oh shit! NO!!

I hope to god I've just sat in a Shepard's pie.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Hey I'm a 15 year old girl and all my life have never liked pooping so I use to hold it in till it hurt so bad I would have to get it out, but back then I would never have blood or any pain. Now a days I'm usually pooping at least every other day but just recently I started to wipe and find blood on my toilet paper and then I would look down and see some blood in the toilet, and when I go I some times feel little pricks of pain like there's something in my poop. Can any one tell me if this is a really bad problem, I'm getting really scared and I'm embarrassed to tell my parents and scared to go have a doctor check me out down there. Please help and make me feel better

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When I was on my razors-only diet, I experienced a considerable amount of rectal bleeding and anal rippage as well. The symptoms subsided when my doctor switched me to safety scissors.

"...I once ate a roadkill possum that had been raised on a diet of carp. I cooked it over a fire fueled with old tires and dog shit. [My fart] put to shame the sewers of Calcutta."
- ChiefThunderbutt

"...I once ate a roadkill possum that had been raised on a diet of carp. I cooked it over a fire fueled with old tires and dog shit. [My fart] put to shame the sewers of Calcutta."
- ChiefThunderbutt

MSG's picture
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AC 8/9, have your doctor check you for pilonidal sinus; or you may have a lesser cyst. Either way, get it looked at.

AC 8/17, I'd guess you're back from your month abroad. If you're passing a lot of blood, regardless of how well you're feeling otherwise, see your doctor! It's possible, of course, that someone on this forum takes some of the same meds you do and has had similar symptoms; but I wouldn't bet on it. If you are feeling dizzy during or right after your b.m., that's not perfect, either. See the doc.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Hi. I just travelled overseas (NA to London) for a month-long engagement. I travel internationally a lot and have certainly experienced a variety of intestinal problems in the past. However, this is the first time I am experience this: LOTs of blood coming out with every bowel movement (since arriving). Nothing else, no pain, no irritation, maybe a slight dizziness afterwards, but, otherwise, fine - no blood any other time, nothing with the blood, stool seem fairly regular (although, admittedly have not inspected too closely). I am on oral contraceptive (have been for 10+ yrs), did take a lunesta on the overnight plane, take 6 vitamins each day, and an occasional pseudovent (prescription decongestant) and/or excedrin for bad sinus headaches. Any ideas what could be causing all this blood (it's a lot)?

Anonymous Coward's picture

i have a small lump about the size of a pea underneath the skin right above my butthole. i can pinch it with my fingers and it rolls around what could it be.

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Becka, more often than not, its just hemorrhoids, or an anal fissure ( a small tear near the hole, from dry, hard poop). Your question was answered multiple times in this and several other "blood in poop" threads here. However, it is a good idea to get it checked out, as bloody stool can indicate something much more severe.

The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.

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becka's picture

does any one have a answer to why so many people find blood on there toliet paper after going to the toliet? someone just find a answer and tell us!!

MSG's picture
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Anon ABCDE: Dad's a doctor, and you haven't told him? Tell him! I doubt he'll charge you for a house call. He already knows you have a bottom and you poop, so what's embarrassing? For everybody else, without a doctor in the house, go and see one. Believe me, they see enough butts every day that yours won't be anything unusual. They don't go around talking about your problem to others; it's private and confidential. If you are concerned enough to write to this site, you need to see a doctor.

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I thought I had a hemrohid (sp?) about a year and a half ago because I was very itchy and had a weird skin tag looking thing (blood on tp when I whiped too). I went to the dr. and it turns out that it was an anal fissure and it was an anal papilla that formed trying to "protect" the cut. Since then, it is difficult to keep clean (I do, but whiping hurts) and I think I'm making it worse. I know surgery (as per my dr's instructions) will remove the papilla and should help all of this, but I can't afford it at the moment. If anyone knows of anything I can put on these cuts to help the itching, please let me know. I currently use either bacetracin or A & D ointment, but it helps with the pain, not the itching.....

Anonymous Coward's picture

ive been pooping out blood im 14 im worried and scared =[ i do not know what to do.......... please help me.. im male.

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Too embarrassed, scared, don't want to see a doctor, but post it on the internet for the whole world to see, expecting us to solve your problem? Let me guess, your mom is your aunt, too. Go to the doctor, dumbass, or die.

The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.

"One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

Anonymous Coward's picture

i'm quite scared.
i am 15 years old and each time i poop i have found blood.
sometimes its quite a lot but other times its just a little.
i'm worried because im too embarressed to get it checked out and i just want it sorted?
could it be just dietery problems, because i admit my diet is very bad, and if so, what can i do?
i dont want to see a doctor, just to verify.

Anonymous abcde's picture

hi, im a 14 year old female. haven't had my period yet. and for around 7 months theres been blood in my poop. at first i thought it was my period but im sure its not because its only on the toilet paper. its bright red blood. im sitting a lot. so i dont know if thats the cause. im kinda scared about it. its not usually painfull. plus, my dads a doctor and im really embarassed about it so i dont want to tell my parents.
i dont know what i should do.
please contact me soon.

Anonymous Coward's picture

i'm a 13 year old girl.
i lift weights and run 3 miles everyday.
recently, i have pooped prior to some blood.
it scares the shit out of me and i need help?
i dont want hemoroids. haha
and i doubt i have anal fissure.

MSG's picture
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I'm into my mid-60's, so I've pooped a lot of times in my life, and had blood in or on my stool a fair number of times (all it would take is twice a year and I'd be well over 100 times). I've found that, if I do nothing, the blood goes away in a couple of days most of the time. However--if I have blood visible on the turds, and it recurs for 3 days or more, it's time to see the doctor. He (or she) has seen lots of butts, and mine is no different from anyone else's--except that the blood might mean something is wrong with mine right now. Normally the doc just talks to me; once in a blue moon (!) he might actually have to look at it, or even examine it digitally, in which case he uses rubber gloves and some smooth gel that is totally painless. The examination is a whole lot less trouble than either continuing to worry about the pain or dealing with something serious that could develop from inaction about the problem.

Davey's picture

Hello, Im 33 male and thought I have been seeing blood in my poop but was not sure, today when I took a dump (my second of the day) I saw blood on the toilet paper and in the toilet. I'm not sure what to do, I have not been having any pain and pooping has been easy. Not sure yet If I will be seeing the doctor as it may be a minor thing, I will monitor the situation for a few days.

Mike-ScY's picture

hi im 18 and have been having the same problem too ive actually had the balls to reach up there though feels like its dry and irritated so i figure lotion would work but it says on the bottle not to put inside u so meh i guess ill go buy some lube

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Do you peel onions in the restroom? Perhaps take a trip down sad memory lane whilst perched on the throne? Or maybe you got some pubes caught in your zipper? THAT one never fails to bring me to tears.

"One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

Anonymous Coward's picture

is it normal to have tears when i use the restroom?

Anonymous Coward's picture

THAANNKKSSS for the lesson.

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A.C. 4/15/2008,
The first thing I would do was think about what you might have eaten recently. I have had similar pink "skin/tissue" bits in my poop from time to time. Usually they are the result of eating strawberries, grapefruit, or tomato skins. Depending on how much blood, it was probably a coincidence related to a hemmy or a small fissure.

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Anonymous Coward's picture

I needed a bowel movement and saw that it had pinkish spots in it, along with blood. Upon rectified examination I believe those pinkish spots to be internal skin/tissue. I'm worried about this. I don't want to go to the doctors and have somebody stick anything up my ass to look at morefeces if not the neccessary. Please help.

Anonymous Coward's picture

i had a really bad headache and cold over the last few days so i took a fair few cold tablets and nurofen plus. then this morning i went 3 times in about 10 minutes and on the last there was a little bit of blood could i have done something serious or is this just a small thing that ill get over??

Anonymous Coward's picture

hi, i just started having blood in my stool in the past 2 days, and there was ALOT of blood, at first i panic'd and was scared if something is inside of me. I looked on the internet and it said that it might be cancer, im like WTF I CAN'T HAVE CANCEL. now i looked at most of these comments and discovered it was probably because of my hemmroids because of my prolonged sitting. But today, the third day, i finally poo'd and there was no blood :D

justlikeu's picture

first of all i wanted to say anyone who gets light headed, dizzy, etc when they first see/notice bleeding is only having a panic attack (i get them) stay calm, try not to freak yourself out or think you automatically dying..

alot of ppl have hemorrhoids and dont know. This isnt to say there isnt a small chance it may be something else, its smartest to always get anything like this checked out with a Dr. and asap.

the last thing i want to say is that it always looks like more blood than it is when in water.. think of adding a few drops of food coloring to a glass of water, or wipe up a drop or 2 of ketchup. so dont think u lost alot, your body has alot left :)

Best wishes, Be healthy!!! Good luck!! God bless u all!

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well, first of all, don't be embarrassed. you're right, doctors are there to help. and they've seen plenty of gross things, much worse than your poop problem.

you also shouldn't worry about having a needle stuck up your butt. they'd probably just ask you some questions and do some tests. you might have to give a stool sample or something. but it's really not something you should be afraid of.

i also wouldn't worry too much about it being cancer.

it's possible you have medical issue that needs to be taken care of, but there's also an excellent chance that you just need to make some changes to your diet.

but the most important thing for you to know is that nobody here or anywhere else can tell you what the problem is besides a doctor, so you're just gonna have to suck it up!
i love poop.

i love poop.

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