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Rectal Bleeding And Gas Pains

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I'm here on my boyfriend's behalf - he came to me today stressed out completely because when he went to use the toilet and he wiped his hindquarters he saw blood...And I don't mean a few spots, either. I mean enough to cover the toilet paper, and it was bright-red, which I assume means that it's fresh. Accompanying the bleeding is mild gas pain in his lower back.

His bowel patterns have not changed...He is not constipated, nor does he have diarrhea.

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Now i've perused the internet for answers, and my "diagnosis" is hemorrhoids. Even his dad, who frequently has them, agrees.

I haven't a clue if this makes a difference, but my boyfriend is notorious for delaying the need to pass a stool...He holds it, usually for hours on end because he simply refuses to go when he needs to.

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He's on the verge of crying because he's scared out of his wits about this. I know it's nothing life-threatening, but I still worry very much about him.

My boyfriend is only 17, and I have neve rheard of someone so young having hemorrhoids.

Anyone have any insights on this?

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Scaredbaka - worried
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