Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Traces Of Blood In Stools

I have irritable bowel syndrome and am currently suffering from periods of constipation. When I successfully have a bowel movement my stools have traces of blood. Do you know why this could be? I suffer bad stomach-aches and am constantly tired.

Blood in the stool almost certainly means a visit to the doctor, because it can be a sign of colon cancer. Given your situation, the chances that this is cancer are low, but you need to rule out the possibility of serious disease.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause stomach pain, as well as gas and bloating. The condition is characterized by constipation and/or diarrhea. Some people with IBS have alternating periods of constipation and diarrhea.

It is possible that the blood in your stool is coming from hemorrhoids. You may not be aware that you have them if they are internal hemorrhoids, because these are often painless. In and of itself, IBS doesn’t cause hemorrhoids, but chronic constipation can, especially when people force or strain at the toilet or the stool is difficult to pass.

IBS isn’t very well understood. We do know that stress frequently plays a role. Stress can also cause you to feel tired all the time. But this is all speculation on my part. You should see your doctor about your symptoms. And while you are there, ask about treatments and lifestyle changes that may help alleviate the symptoms of IBS.

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