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I just had a bowel movement and there was bright red blood

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I just had a bowel movement and there was bright red blood in the toilet. That has never happened. My stool was hard. I have not had any changes in my BM. Sometimes its soft other times its hard and always has been. It scared me half to death. Should i call my dr. right now or wait to see if it happens again? I have always had stomach problems and i have alot of stress. A little more than usual. I`m almost 60 and single and own my own restaurant. What should i do beside woory myself sick? Pam Stilkey
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and I'm ready to help.
hard stool often can cause internal hemorrhoids to bleed.
you should eat foods to help soften your stools like prunes to help avoid constipation
and you need to see your doctor to get checked for hemorrhoids.
you might need steroid creams to help calm down hemorrhoids.
if you haven't had a colonoscopy in the last 5-10 years, you might need an up to date colonoscopy as well.
you can use colace stool softeners to help soften your stools as well
when was your last colonoscopy procedure. you need one at least after age 50