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I had the stomach flu twice back in late nov/early dec. Of 2006. After this I slowly began to see some blood in my stool. I figured it was simply a small tear in my anus or something from not having any food in me and then having food in me. But over the last 2-3 weeks I have noticed more and more blood in my stool and in the potty(sorry, I work with small kids) when I have a bm. Could this simply be that I need more fiber? I am a vegitarian... Or could it be something much worse like hemroids or colon cancer? Is it worth going to the health center at my school? I am really private about stuff and I dont want to go to the health center if this is something I can fix myself...


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replied February 12th, 2007
Digestive & Bowel Disorders Answer A2302
Blood in the stool is not something that you can fix yourself. Blood in the stool (rectorrhagia) should be taken very seriously and you have to visit your doctor as soon as possible. Bleeding hemorrhoids are the most common reason for rectorrhagia. Nonetheless, there are some more serious causes for rectorrhagia (colon tumors and inflammations) that have to first be excluded with diagnostic procedures. A physical examination, abdominal ultrasound scan, blood laboratory analyses and colonoscopy can be done. Your diet probably has nothing to do with blood in the stool.
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