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Hi thanks very much for any advice!!
I have been bleeding in my stools for over 10 years sometimes with cramping before. Recently I've had exhaustion, brain fog, shortness of breath and new rectal pain with the bleeding and have been diagnosed with GERD and hemmaroids. Do I have a parasite or other problem?


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replied February 2nd, 2011
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A19240
Hello and thank you for posting your health query on E health Forum.

From the history provided here, you have been diagnosed with GERD and hemorrhoids.

The recent onset of fatigue, breathlessness could be signs of anemia due to iron deficiency.

The anorectal pain with bleeding indicate a wide range of problems ranging from anal fissures, pelvic infections, ano-rectal abscesses, etc.

Presence of loss of weight, and anal pruritus would indicate to parasitic infestation. But these symptoms are lacking in the history provided.

You might consider getting yourself examined by your physician, as well as getting few blood tests for evaluation of the anemia.

I hope you find my suggestion helpful.



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replied February 5th, 2011
still suffering
Thanks very much for the reply! I am still suffering from exhaustion and problems breathing, but I feel better when I have a bowel movement and can breathe better. I was having itching a few months ago but not now. My iron levels were ok and my Ferritin was high (I was taking iron) so it doesn't seem to be anemia? I had one stool test a few months ago that came out negative but was told to repeat it.
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replied October 4th, 2012
Shortness of breath is a direct result of stomach acid in the esophagus. As the stomach acid is regurgitated into the espohagus, the acid stimulates the nerves in the lower end of the esophagus, causing muscles to contract. This contraction in turn causes small airways to constrict, which causes the feeling of breathlessness. The sensation worsens at night because when the body is in a prone position, it is easier for stomach acids to reflux into the esophagus. In some cases, an excess amount of acid in the esophagus may spill into the lungs, leading to a tightening of the airways and shortness of breath. The stress felt by people with acid reflux may also contribute to shortness of breath. However, this is less a function of the condition than the psychological outlook of the individual.
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