October 01, 2007,
K.B. asks from Grand Prairie, TX on September 25, 2007
My Husband Has Been Bleeding from His Rectum on a Regular Basis.
I am very concerned about him, and told him to call a doctor, but you know guys. Obviously, this is too serious too blow off. Any suggestions as to what it could be and what kind of doctor would work best with him? I dont want to waste any time. The blood is very bright and seems to be quite a bit.. Not just drops. The water is completely red and sometimes there are clots.. Please help!
J.W. answers from Dallas on September 26, 2007
Good advice from all the responders. Have you made the appt yet? He needs to do this for you and the family. Please let us know how you/he are doing.
K.B. answers from Dallas on September 25, 2007
I use to work for a GI. From this site:
Click on Physician Profiles:
I recommend: Markus Goldschmiedt, M.D. (or anyone from his practice)
Bleeding from the rectum is not normal. He needs to see a Dr. ASAP!
N. answers from Dallas on September 25, 2007
K., your husband needs to go and see a Colon/Rectal specialist. They treat all problems relating to this area of the body. If your insurance requires that you get a referral to a specialist, have your husband make an appointment with his regular doctor ASAP. If you can go directly to a specialist without a referral, do that. This is NOT something that just gets better on it's own. Bleeding is always an indication of a problem. It could be as "simple" as hemorrhoids or a fissure or something more serious. They can help. Have him take care of this ASAP. Dr. Hashimapur in Plano is an excellent doctor, he has helped me a great deal in the past. Good luck.
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A.C. answers from Dallas on September 25, 2007
Go to either a gastronentorologist (sp?) or a good Internal Medicine guy. Medical City is good at figuring these things out - that much blood can be a sign of a serious problem. Make him go. Let us know what happens.
J.S. answers from Albuquerque on September 26, 2007
I can't even explain how serious this is! This used to happen to me not as bad but He could lose some of his intestines. FORCE HIM! Take him yourself. There could be a million reasons why this is happening.
T.L. answers from Dallas on September 26, 2007
It sounds like he has a hemorroid or some sort of fissure. He really needs to be checked out by his PCP who may recommend him seeing a general surgeon depending on how bad it is. Losing blood is never good and it may be coming from another place. My father was passing blood as well and he passed out in the bathroom one year. Turned out he had a bleed in the lining of his stomach.
L.A. answers from Dallas on October 01, 2007
My husband has been having this same problem for some time, so we recently had him looked at by our family physician. She did blood tests and found that he was anemic. She then had him do a three day culture test and the test results came out positive for blood in the stools, but they couldn't tell if they were from hemorrhoids or internal bleeding, so she sent him to a gastroenterologist. He did a colonoscopy and the results were negative on any polyps or such, but he does have really bad internal and external hemrrhoids. His doctor has told him, he will need to have the rubberband surgery on some and more extensive surgery on the others. He also needed to take iron for the anemia. That is how my husbands issue turned out, but bleeding like that can mean other things. It is not something to play around with, especially if he is over 35 and if he has stomach or colon cancer in his family history. He needs to see a doctor, just to be on the safe side, for you and his children. I'm don't want to scare you, but it is better safe than sorry and it only takes a few hours for the GI doctor to do a colonoscopy. It's only outpatient surgery, and he probably will have to take one day off, but it is worth the peace of mind. Please don't hesitate.
S.B. answers from Dallas on September 26, 2007
I don't want to scare you, but he needs to go to the DR. immediately. He may not have what my Dad did, but he had the same symptoms, and waited until he had lost an incredible amount of blood. My dad finally got to the point to not being able to walk. He had a very common illness called Diverticulitus. (The spelling could be way off. Sorry) Anyway, It's like seeds in your colon. You can look it up on google. He's going to need to see a gastro Dr. Good luck to you and your husband.
K.B. answers from Dallas on September 27, 2007
K., your husband should first make an appointment with a Gastroenterologist (aka GI doctor) to have a colonoscopy done.Once you receive the results of this test then you/he will know which direction to go. It maybe something as simple as diverticulitis. Then again, it could be much more serious. I know how men are and it's like moving a mountain getting them to go to the doctor. Maybe you need to reverse it and ask him if he would want you to be going through this and not go to get it checked out. I am a single mother and it's different. The possibility of raising your kids by yourself because of something that could have been prevented shouldn't make him feel good at all. He is probably just as scared as you are if not more. Only you know the things to say to move him. You may have to try trickery.
S.K. answers from Dallas on September 25, 2007
I second Dr. Jacobson at North Texas Colon & Rectal Associates. He's a fabulous doctor and easy to talk with. He is male - which might be easier for your husband to go to.