What causes abdominal pain and rectal bleeding?

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What causes abdominal pain and rectal bleeding?

Ulcerative colitis, ulcerative proctitis, and Crohn’s colitis are chronic inflammatory diseases of the colon due to overactivity of the body’s immune system. These diseases can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, and bloody diarrhea (diarrhea mixed with blood). Occasionally, moderate or severe rectal bleeding may occur.

Does stomach cancer cause rectal bleeding?

Blood in the stool can be a symptom of stomach cancer but can occur with other noncancerous conditions as well. The color of blood in the stool often provides important clues as to the origin of bleeding. Bright red blood in the stool, also known as hematochezia, is generally not a sign of stomach cancer.

Do stomach ulcers cause rectal bleeding?

Rarely, massive bleeding from the right colon, from the small intestine, or from ulcers of the stomach or duodenum can cause rapid transit of the blood through the gastrointestinal tract and result in bright red rectal bleeding.

How do you know if rectal bleeding is serious?

Some symptoms you might have with rectal bleeding can include:

  1. Feeling rectal pain and/or pressure.
  2. Seeing bright red blood in or on your stool, underwear, toilet paper or in the toilet bowl.
  3. Having stool that’s red, maroon or black in color.
  4. Having stool that has a tar-like appearance.
  5. Experiencing mental confusion.

What is considered major rectal bleeding?

Severity of Rectal Bleeding is defined as: Mild: more than just a few drops or streaks. Moderate: small blood clots, passing blood without stool, or toilet water turns red. Severe: large blood clots; on and off, or constant bleeding.

How do you treat rectal bleeding?

Simple home care of rectal bleeding includes the following:

  1. Drink eight to 10 glasses of water per day.
  2. Bathe or shower daily to cleanse the skin around the anus.
  3. Decrease straining with bowel movements.
  4. Increase fiber in the diet with supplements such as Metamucil, Benefiber, or foods such as prunes.

Should I go to the ER for blood in my stool?

Rectal bleeding isn’t generally an emergency, but there are some situations when people must seek immediate medical help or call 911. Do this if you have blood in your stool and you have any of these other signs: Sweating or cold, clammy skin. Severe abdominal pain or cramping.


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