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Abdominal Pain Bloody Mucus

Joint pains and bloody stool?

What does this sound like? I have sooo many symptoms

* Lower abdominal cramps on left and right sides (used to be only on right but moved to left) going for about 2 months

* had appendix out 3 months ( they found bag of infectous fluid around appendix but no actual appendicitis

* is about the same as I was having with bag of fluid

* Have had 6 episodes of stool with blood in last 2 months. Its not a lot of blood mostly just a streak on the tissue paper or on the stool

* Yellow mucus around stool (sometimes tiny specks of blood in mucus

* Joint pains

* always tired

Does anyone know what this sounds like?? I am having tests done, but would appreciate the help.
ASAP thanks heaps. xx

Bloody, tarry stools

Alternative names

Stools – bloody; Hematochezia; Melena; Stools – black or tarry

Definition

Bloody stools often indicate an injury or disorder in the digestive tract. Your doctor may use the term “melena” to describe black, tarry, and foul-smelling stools or “hematochezia” to describe red- or maroon-colored stools.

Considerations

Blood in the stool may come from anywhere along your digestive tract, from mouth to anus. It may be present in such small amounts that you cannot actually see it, but is only detectable by a fecal occult blood test. When there IS enough blood to change the appearance of your stools, the doctor will want to know the exact color to help find the site of bleeding. To make a diagnosis, your doctor may use endoscopy or special x-ray studies.

A black stool usually means that the blood is coming from the upper part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This includes the esophagus, , and the first part of the small intestine. Blood will typically look like tar after it has been exposed to the body’s digestive juices. ulcers caused by ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin are common causes of upper GI bleeding.

Maroon-colored stools or bright red blood usually suggest that the blood is coming from the lower part of the GI tract (large bowel or rectum). Hemorrhoids and diverticulitis (inflammation of an abnormal pouch in the ) are the most common causes of lower GI bleeding. However, sometimes massive or rapid bleeding in the stomach causes bright red stools.

Consuming black licorice, lead, iron pills, bismuth medicines like Pepto-Bismol, or blueberries can also cause black stools. Beets and tomatoes can sometimes make stools appear reddish. In these cases, your doctor can test the stool with a chemical to rule out the presence of blood.

Brisk bleeding in the esophagus or stomach (such as with peptic ulcer disease), can also cause you to vomit blood.

Common Causes

Upper GI tract (usually black stools):

Bleeding stomach or duodenal ulcer
Gastritis
Esophageal varices
Mallory-Weiss tear (a tear in the esophagus from violent vomiting)
Trauma or foreign body
Bowel ischemia (a lack of proper blood flow to the intestines)
Vascular malformation

Lower GI tract (usually maroon or bright red, bloody stools):

Hemorrhoids
Anal fissures
Diverticular bleeding
Intestinal infection (such as bacterial enterocolitis)
Vascular malformation
Inflammatory bowel disease
Tumor
Colon polyps or colon cancer
Trauma or foreign body
Bowel ischemia (a lack of proper blood flow to the intestines)

Call your doctor if you notice blood or changes in the color of your stool. Even if you think that hemorrhoids are causing blood in your stool, your doctor should examine you in order to make sure that there is no other, more serious cause present at the same time. That’s why you shouldn’t cancel your scheduled colonoscopy.

The following questions may be included in the history to better understand the possible causes of your bloody or dark stools:

Is there blood on the toilet paper only?
What color is the stool?
When did it develop?
Have you had more than one episode of blood in your stool? Is every stool this way?
Are you taking blood thinners or NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin)?
Have you ingested black licorice, lead, Pepto-Bismol, or blueberries?
Have you had any abdominal trauma or swallowed a foreign object accidentally?
What other symptoms are also present — abdominal pain, vomiting blood, bloating, excessive gas, diarrhea, or fever?
Have you lost any weight recently?

I also answered you other similar question on this . Your joints pain and stiffness and fatigue might be due to hypothyroidism.or low level of thyroid hormone.


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