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is there something wrong with my digestive system?

By Anonymous October 4, 2014 - 5:29pm
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sometimes after i go #2, i noticed that there is some blood on the toilet paper after i wipe and it might sting a little. this only happens every so often, maybe a few times a month. the stool itself usually isn't bloody....i've been trying to eat more fiber, which has helped somewhat.

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Hi Anonymous and welcome to EmpowHER.

I'm sorry to hear that you are experiencing bleeding, which can be frightening. Adding fiber to your diet can be helpful to your digestive system since it can work as a type of bowel regulator and helps with both diarrhea and constipation.

Have you noticed any differences in your stools when you have the bleeding? If you are having hard stools and straining when going to the bathroom, and then noticing the bleeding when you wipe, you may want to try stool softeners to see if that helps.

If there's no apparent difference in stools when you have bleeding then you may want to see your healthcare provider. Rectal bleeding can indicate many conditions, including hemorrhoids, an anal fissure, colon polyps, colitis, diverticulosis and colon cancer.

Most rectal bleeding is caused by non-serious causes but it's still important to get this checked out and take care of your own best health. Let us know what you do and what you learn.



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