Q: My very best friend in the whole world is experiencing
a large amount of bleeding in her stool and a large amount of bleeding from
her rectum after she has used the restroom. She's only passing little pebbles
though. I want to help her, but she doesn't want to talk about it.
Dr. Donnica: From what you've told me, she may just have bleeding
hemorrhoids from bad constipation! However, anyone who has blood in their stools
should consult a physician and have a thorough physical as soon as possible.
That will include a digital rectal exam, which all adults should have annually
anyway. Most people don't like to talk about these kinds of "embarrassing"
medical problems; you are a very good friend to try to help.
Donnica Moore MD
Created: 9/21/2002  - Donnica Moore, M.D.