For the past 3 days I've been having diarrhea but only blood and mucus come out. It looks to be about 2 or 3 oz each time. The blood is heavy and falls to the bottom of the toilet bowl. I have severe abdominal pain and cannot hold down water or food. When I take a sip of water about 10-15 min. later the abdominal pain becomes more severe and and I pass a lot of blood. I also have chills and I'm dizzy. My ex-husband cancelled my health insurance so I'm no longer covered otherwise I'd head straight to the E.R. I've never had hemorrhoids but that seems to be the consensus by family and friends because of the color of the blood. What else could it be?
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replied August 2nd, 2012
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Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. Bloody diarrhea means that there's some sort of injury or disorder located somewhere in your digestive tract. The closer the source of bleeding is to the anus, the brighter red the blood will be. Going by your symptoms it looks like inflammatory bowel disease( Crohn’s disease/ ulcerative colitis) or hemorrhoids to me. The other causes of bloody stool are anal fissures ,intestinal polyps or diverticulosis (diverticulosis causes significant bleeding). Bacteria and parasitic infections can also cause these symptoms. So get stool examination done. Other causes of blood in stools are aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, polyps (small growths) and cancerous tumors (malignant growths of tissue).Diagnosis is by ultrasound abdomen and sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. Please consult a surgeon or gastroenterologist to find out the confirmatory diagnosis as treatment will depend on the same. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.



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Hello,

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. Bloody diarrhea means that there's some sort of injury or disorder located somewhere in your digestive tract. The closer the source of bleeding is to the anus, the brighter red the blood will be. Going by your symptoms it looks like inflammatory bowel disease( Crohn’s disease/ ulcerative colitis) or hemorrhoids to me. The other causes of bloody stool are anal fissures ,intestinal polyps or diverticulosis (diverticulosis causes significant bleeding). Bacteria and parasitic infections can also cause these symptoms. So get stool examination done. Other causes of blood in stools are aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, polyps (small growths) and cancerous tumors (malignant growths of tissue).Diagnosis is by ultrasound abdomen and sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. Please consult a surgeon or gastroenterologist to find out the confirmatory diagnosis as treatment will depend on the same. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.



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