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I had a routine colonoscopy in January. It was normal ( hemorrhoids

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I had a routine colonoscopy in January. It was normal ( hemorrhoids which I've had for years). Last month I had my annual physical--excellent health. Late yesterday afternoon i had diarrhea with stomach cramping followed by another episode a few hours later. This morning I had a BM, loose stool, with bright red blood in the toilet and when I wiped. We are out of town for my husband's cancer treatment. Do I need to go to the ER here in Houston? I'd rather not. Can this wait until we get home on Wednesday? Should I wait to see if I have another BM with more bleeding? I feel fine--just a little discomfort in the lower abdomen--I'm guessing from irritation.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist.
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Normal colonoscopy is reassuring meaning any colon growth is unlikely.
the blood in toilet paper or outside the stools suggests flare up of the hemorrhoids.
Internal hemorrhoid related bleeding is painless.
You should increase dietary fibers and take metamucil daily to help with this problem.
It is not urgent as long as the bleeding stops.
If the bleeding is continuous then should be looked at in the ER.
Also if the abdominal pain is mild or no worsening, no cause for concern.
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