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Blood in stool

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 25, 2007
  • 07:31 PM

I'm 18 years old and for the last year or so I've been finding blood in my stool. Normally I wouldn't worry too much because I catch just about any sickness known to man (exagerration, I know), but lately the pain associated with it has been growing increasingly worse. It seems to be radiating around the navel area outward and I often don't even wish to stand it hurts so bad. The blood has appeared in all kinds of stool (green, brown, firm, diarrhea), though I've recently been getting a lot of diarrhea. I'm a vegetarian, so the closest thing I eat to meat are: eggs, dairy products, white fish. I drink coffee occassionally and really don't drink as much milk as I used to as a child. I'd really like some help here, just to get an idea of what I may have, because I can't really see a doctor (no insurance/broke).

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  • I don't know if any of this has to do with anything, but my urine has a strange greenish tint to it sometimes, or is even nearly clear sometimes.Also, my upper lip has this extraordinary lighter tint on it. It's hard to explain, but on each side of my upper lip, coming out from the middle, is an almost white-ish blob (only color, no swelling) that follows the curve of my lip.Here is a link to a quick drawing I did to show an example:http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/littlegothdemon/lips.jpgAgain, any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
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  • First off, I STRONGLY urge you to go to a doctor. Blood in your stool obviously means some kind of internal bleeding and your health is number one in importance.The color of the blood in your stool could help you find out what you have, according to medline plus online..."A black stool usually means that the blood is coming from the upper part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This includes the esophagus, stomach, 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. Stomach 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 colon) are the most common causes of lower GI bleeding. However, sometimes massive or rapid bleeding in the stomach causes bright red stools."
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