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.

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310 Comments on "recurring blood in poop"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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 =)

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.

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?

hopefully cured's picture

ok, i have had tis problem for about a month now, it started to worry me so i stopped and thought about things i may be eating that may cause this.i love to eat spicy things and hotsauce is my favorite topping. i have loved spicy things since i was young and its caused me to develop acid reflux. i have had severe heartburn lately which has caused me to believe that may be the problem. i tok some acid reducer the past few days and it seems to be doing the trick. i have seen no blood today at all. this may not solve everyones problem however if it even helps one other person it will be worth posting. i will continue to take the acid reducer and monitor what happens as a result. if it stops completely for the next week i will then stop taking it and see what happens. i will post another comment after i test my theory. i am not a doctor so my opinion should not be taken as fact. if you decide to try what i am doing i would love to see your posts to see if it helps anyone else.also, i talked to a friend about this and it has happened to him. he has stomach ulcers which he went to the doctor for and got medicine that made the bleeding stop.

Mac R Steel's picture

Hey Cob Web (Colby dude), I think by the lack of response, your situation may be unique and werth to doctor. It sounds like blood could be soaked into your logs. Go to the doctors, man. Men out there: don't be so macho that you don't get checked out. Too many men don't. My whole block seems like many widows. Their husbands died years ago. Two of them are in are 90 years old or better and their husbads died in the 1970's

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Colby, something similar happened to me. The only differences was that the water around the logs was orange-brown, not pink. But also, it happened because my sewer pipe was clogged and a lot of my shit that was going into the septic came back in. So I don't know how old the shit I saw was or if it mixed with old shit.

unspecified's picture

i'm 16 years old, female, and as far as i know completely healthy, but for about the last week, every time i've been to the toilet i've found blood on the toilet paper, and if i look into the toilet there it toilet in the water, and it doesn't seem like it coming from the actual poo, theres quite a bit but not a big amount, and i've had a few small uncomfortable pains sometimes around my groin, but i don't know if that's unrelated as i've had it when i'm not on the toilet too. i don't want to tell my mother because it's embarassing to talk about it. how long should i wait, and find out if the bleeding carries on before i have to tell, or see a doctor, or is this just some random temporary thing that isn't anything serious? am i at a great risk? it's starting to worry me. thank you

Logjam's picture
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Nice try, troll. What's got me confused, though, is that I expect this of a 12-year-old male. But clearly, you're much older than that. Worrisome. So, yes, this is something "serious," and I do suggest you seek professional help.


The Manchild's picture

I think I know the Colby's issue. I went the other day and there was a very dark small piece of shit stuck to the toilet. A few minutes later I saw a little red coming from it. I think I should get helper soon from a doctor since I don't think this is normal

Anonymous Coward's picture

i had blood on my poop last night,i didn't have it in the morning....i dnt knw what it means....please help me.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I'm a 16 year old male and for the past few months now there has been off and on incidents where there was bright red blood in my poo. It doesn't hurt that much, but it stings a little bit. There's no way I'm going to a doctor nor telling my parents, it's way too embarrassing. I know it's probably not serious because cancer in people my age is nearly non existent. What do I do?

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If it gets more painful, man up and tell your parents. It's probably just some butt grapes (hemorrhoids), but it's good if you take care of yourself and prevent worse trouble.

Remember, you might be embarrassed, but your parents love you and would never want you to be in health trouble.

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Chip Haggard's picture

I bet that the boy's problem is some hemmeroids. I hate how they have hurt me too. I think they are worst when I have been eaten a lot of dairy in my menus. hotdogs also makes it worst than even too much dairy.

Cassy the Anonymous Coward's picture

hi im a girl, age 14. i suspect i have hemmeroids, cos i had constipation like 2 days ago n really strained alot, then got this soft skin like thing outside the anus there. today it bled when i wipe it after pooping. i dont wish to tell my parents or doc if possible cos im.. a cowardD: is there anyway to stop the bleeding?

cassy the coward's picture

oh i should have read this site 1 yr ago. i wish i listened to my mum. i sat on the stool, and read, and read, and read a book. so overall the poooping took about 20-30min. n voila i found the skin bobbing around today with the bleeding D: T_T

MSG's picture
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Hello, Cassy. First, if you are constipated, please be sure (1) to eat well: veggies, whole grains, things with fiber; (2) to exercise regularly, which helps keep your digestion moving; and (3) to go to the toilet when you feel the need. Don't make yourself wait; go promptly. Try not to strain hard while having a bowel movement; that can certainly cause hemorrhoids, and other disorders as well. You have to strain a little bit, of course; but not too hard.

Now about the blood and the soft skin thing on your anus: DO tell your parents and the doctor. They have an anus, just as you do; they know what problems can arise, just as you are now finding out; and the doctor is the one who can tell for sure what you have and what to do about it. Please don't wait.

superhero's picture

I've had blood in my poop once.I changed dramatically and now I'm healed.

Eat Healthier
Stress less
Get up every hour for 5 minutes

poopie pie's picture

for the past two days there has been ALOT of blood in my poop. Today it looked like I had my period out my butt. this happened a couple months ago but went away. i admit i dont drink enough water and probably dont eat enough fiber. im hoping its just a fissure but scared because i read alot of blood could be a sign of a tear in your GI tract which is fatal. obviously i should go to the doctor, and i plan to if it doesnt clear up in a few days with more h2o and fiber. has anyone else experienced this and what was your diagnosis??

El Scumbag's picture
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Poopie pie, if you read any of the above posts, or any of the thousands of similar posts all over Poop Report about blood coming out of your backside, you'll see that they have one common answer: GO TO SEE A DOCTOR.

Blood coming from any orifice other than your vagina for a few days per month IS A SIGN OF SOMETHING WRONG. It could be piles or it could be something else. The important thing is not to waste time, get it looked at and get it looked at NOW, for your own peace of mind if nothing else. Although you should be eating more fibre and drinking more water anyway, you can still do this as a lifestyle change for the future rather than waiting for a change and continuing to bleed. Stop fucking about on the internet RIGHT NOW and get your bleeding arse to a medic. You'll have to do it eventually so now is as good a time as any.

Good luck, come back on here afterwards and let us know how it went. We wish you well, Poopie Pie.

felipe's picture

Hi i am 21 years old i jus woke up 2day and had 2 poop i noticed drops of blod came out not painful the blod was red bright red also i have had hemroids in the past. but have gone away i am very scaired and want some info before i rush 2 the doctor please help me out and give me some advice!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous Coward's picture

I went poop the other day and it was convered in blood. I mean it was dripping on the seat and down the bowl and i was convered and went through a roll of toilet paper wiping it up. I take it thats not good

Anonymous John's picture

I have this problem i get cramps be for i got the washroom then drop a big long on about 12 inches long and it hurts when you go i look and see no blood in it what's cause this problem.

Anonymous Coward's picture

the past few months when i poop and whipe there is a lil blood its bright not dark it doesnt hurt,i poop fine what could this be?

Anonymous Bravo's picture

Everyone start having atleast 6 glasses of water everyday. And start including fibre in your diet like cabbage and green vegetables and it will be fine in 2 weeks. Also try and have fruits!!

random clowner's picture

yea i deffinately need help with this because wen i poop it hurts like crazy and theres blood and when i wipe theres blood to
but this doesnt happen all the time just some times

Anonymous Coward's picture

I am very frightened, when I live in a world where people are scared shitless that they're gonna die and ask for help on a shit related humor site rather than seek help from a physician.

ChiefThunderbutt's picture
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Dear AC.....No need to be frightened, although this is a poop related humor site many people who post here were originally drawn to the site by conditions from which they themselves suffered. Also you must take into consideration that there are many people who fear going to a doctor more than they fear death itself.

You may have noticed that a bit of advice that is repeated over and over again in Poop Report is, "YOU NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR." Some good advise is offered to those who suffer from many maladies by those who have suffered the same thing.

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Russell's picture
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Chief, you are right about going to the doctor. I hate the doctor especially when it is a shit related reason.
Russell the shitting queen

Russell the shitting queen

Capoeira Shark's picture

Hello Doc I have a Weird Problem I was sparring with my Friend Taekwondo and Capoeira yesterday and I got Hit in the Stomach:( later on that day after Sparring I went to restroom to poo And Blood Came out Like Water:( i was Scared:( what does this mean the Bleeding has Stopped a Little its not as much as Before:(

or could this be caused Maybe because i was Constipated for a While:)

My Stomach Feels Weird:(

one scared girl's picture

i have blood the last couple times i pooped, but not EVERY time, this is the 3rd time. it's never painful... and i don't feel sick? i haven't told my mom, should i go to the doctor?

El Scumbag's picture
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Yes. Tell your mother as she'll be just as worried about it as you and go to the doctor. Please.

If it's fresh red blood, it's likely that you just have 'roids. If it's dark blood, this could be a sign of bleeding further up in the colon. Either way, you should have a doctor examine you. Bleeding from any orifice other than the one that bleeds monthly is a sign that you need to be checked out.

Don't be scared. You are the most precious thing in your mother's life and nobody will give you better support or a more comforting hand to hold.

sittingpretty's picture
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Bright red blood with pooping could also mean an anal fissure. Fissures happen when the poop is too dry and/or too large to pass and causes like a paper cut-like tear on the anus. like el scumbag says tell your mother so she can make an appointment with an md for you.
...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

Anonymous Coward's picture

Hi there, Im very concerned, Ive been recently been suffering from constipation, Im on dialysis and take lots of mediation so this is normal in kidney patients, I take Ex-Lax and they seem to the job but cant help to notice that there a brown kinda sticky mucus when i have bowel movement, No blood just this horrible mucus, Is this normal?? Please if any1 has any answers im all ears i would hate to think theres more wrong with me GRRR im only 23

Anonymous Coward's picture

Ive had blood in my poop and im scared... I really dont wanna go to the doctor and the blood is a little bright red on the toilet paper. I read the comments and now im going to start drinking more water

MSG's picture
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AC 5/16: A little blood on toilet paper may just be from a hard turd coming out; see if it goes away in a few days. If not, try some Balneol or similar stuff after your b.m. If it still doesn't go away, or gets words, go to the doctor whether you want to or not. He (or she) has seen it all before and won't embarrass you.

AC 5/9: I don't know what would make brown mucus, though the Ex-Lax might contribute to it. However--you can't keep taking Ex-Lax forever, so in my opinion you need to revisit your doctor to see how soon you can start to rely on your own system to move your bowels. If you take laxatives long enough, I believe you develop a dependence on them and can't have natural bowel movements. Bad.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Well yesterday and today I saw some blood when I wiped my butthole and I ask my friend she's a Doc. and say that could be hemorrhoid, last weekend I drank like a fish and she said that maybe that was the caused of the problem, so she recommended me to drink a lot of water and eat fruit and tonight I'm feeling better because my ASS doesn't hurt when I have to shit.

Anonymous :)'s picture

I was litterly peeing blood from my anal hole both times I've gone to the restroom today. i finished my period four days ago. what do you think about this?

Anonymous Coward's picture

im 12 years old and im pooping blood for like a week now. and it hurts sometimes. what could it be?? im very scared

MSG's picture
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Both Anonymouses: Pooping blood in large amounts is not normal. First, period blood doesn't exit through the anus; peeing blood from the anus means something is wrong. 12-year-old: It's possible you are starting to have periods, but in that case you wouldn't be "pooping" blood. Please, both of you, see your doctor quickly. We like giving our little bits of wisdom on this site, but most of us are not physicians, and even a real physician would have to see you to tell what is wrong. Go to the doctor!

christopher's picture

for 2 days i have been pooping blood the blood comes after a poop and some times covering the outer part of my poop.and when i wipe thare is a lot of blod on the paper!what the hell is this and what the hell to do?!

six months!!'s picture

hey,i am 14,about a year ago i took a crap and every time thare was blood on then tissue...just a lil bit dho...the about six months ago...i took a another crap...and the tissue shad alot of blood!! lots of BLOOD!! thare was no cloths,no pain...then after that i took another crap and nothing, no blood, then six months passed and just yesterday i poop and a saw about half of the amount of blood that i had six months ago in the water...and the tissue was full of blood!!i thaught it would just dissapear agan like that other time but just 2day i look at the tolet when my poop was coming out and when it came out... nothing no blood...i thaught i was safe and another poop was coming out like the smaller poop broke of from the bigger one i just let go and when the smaller one drooped it drooped with a pich of blood behind it. the pich looked like a cloth...and after that a about 3 drops of blood came following!! what should i do??!!! help!!!!!!!

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six months!!.....Are you sure you are fourteen?, I have seen six year olds who could write better than you. Your comment was incomprensible, you need to go back to school and study hard and maybe you can learn to express yourself well enough to explain your plight to us before you bleed to death.

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six months, do you have a mother? If you do you have to tell her and ask to see the pediatrician. That is what you should do.
...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

porceline_princess's picture

Okay, I've been reading these posts...mainly for entertainment purposes but I have noticed an ooing trend. Stupidity! Here's the deal, if your expelling blood for more than two days when you poop you really need to see a doctor. Embarrassing yes, but necessary. Most of the time you'll probably have a hemmeroid or a fissure or even just a tear which can be relatively harmless...but there is a chance it could be much more serious and possibly fatal. I am a 24 year old woman who had the same damn issues as yall, and i went to the doctor to find out I have Crohn's disease. It is serious, noncurable, but with proper medications, in my case due to the severity a round of can be put into remission. It has the potential to lead to other issues as well which can be fatal. Had i not gone to the doctor, I wouldn't have found out and I would be worse off than I am now. Embarassing yes...but a necessity. The exam is painless...they may do a rectal exam, but most likely you poop in a cup and they test it for blood...they run other tests as well to make sure its not being caused by a bacteria and you may get a CT. In my case i got a colonoscopy...but i didn't feel a damn thing because they put my ass out for it. no pun intended. Look its beter to be safe than sorry.

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Thank you, Princess, for re-iterating what many of us old timers have been saying for years. Going to the doctor is EMBARASSING!!! mean...Go to the doctor, you morons, we aren't, and have no answers for ya!! Yeah, thats better.

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