Does anybody have any idea if this is connected with my alcohol comsumption? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
It sounds like internal hemorrhoids. If the blood is bright red and not dark in color and come afterwards, it's very possible that you have hemorrhoids. It's an enlarged or swollen blood vessel in your anus. It can be cured with several methods.
Please read our articles regarding hemorrhoids, it could help you a lot:
Anyway, colon polyps are also a possibility, so if you keep bleeding every time you get bowel movement, I suggest you to visit an gastroenterologist to determine exact diagnosis and prescribe you therapy and treatment.
Hope this helps!
For me, it became normal to see a blood in stool after drinking any type of alcohol. It seems to me that I don't tolerate alcohol at all. When I don't drink it, I don't have this problem. Every time when I take a drop of the alcohol, I see the blood and then I have decided that I won't take it anymore. I just don't stand it. Also, I have issues with hemorrhoids for years now, and I think that this only made it worse. I am using some treatments and I am feeling way better now, but not healed yet.
Don't take this too lightly. I went into the hospital ten years ago (25yrs of age) related to my drinking. I had similar symptoms, but the onset was sudden (48 hours later). I was also throwing up what looked like black coffee grounds (old blood sitting in my stomach). When my blood wasn't exiting my stomach fast enough, it was then passing through my rectum (referred to by the doctors as "rapid transit". It was a BRIGHT but DEEP red, (ie. fresh, new blood). Of course, there was lots more of it than what you described.
At first, no one could figure out why I was bleeding from both ends. They were guessing SEVERE stomach ulcers, but were still baffled. I never mentioned my alcohol intake because I would not believe this was the 'cause, as I am more of a binge drinker. (Don't drink regularly, but when I do... watch out! I weigh only 108 pounds and would out-drink much heavier people than me. Sounded pretty cool, but it was killing me. I would never throw up or get hang overs either. That alcohol had to be absorbing into my body and causing damage over time, or I would be the first to claim immortality from the effects of my stupidity.)
When I went to the ER, I briefly passed out. The doctors first drained the excess blood out of my stomach. Then, they moved me to a room where they added new blood to my body in order to replace my loss of it. I don't remember exactly how much I lost, but I know it was ALOT. They stuck needles in me throughout the night to take blood samples that tracked how the new blood was adapting to my own. Finally, I had an endoscopy performed the next day so that the specialist could get an inside look as to what was going on. Answer: The alcohol caused a churning reaction in my stomach that was so intense it caused a tear where the esophagus meets the stomach, which of course led to profuse bleeding!
AND THE ONLY MILD TO MODERATE PAIN I EVER FELT THROUGH THE WHOLE PROCESS (BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER) WAS IN THE ER FROM THE TUBE THAT WENT THROUGH MY NOSE, DOWN MY THROAT AND INTO MY STOMACH IN ORDER TO DRAIN THE EXCESS BLOOD. AND I DIDN'T EVEN FEEL THAT UNTIL ABOUT 12-24 HOURS AFTERWARD. WHY? SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE WAS A LITTLE SORNESS/BRUISING CAUSED BY MY SWALLOWING DOWN ON THE TUBE. WHOOPTEE DOO!
I COULDN'T BELIEVE I COULD'VE DIED SO EASILY AND WITH WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE NO PAIN! (It didn't seem quite as pathetic as Nicholas Cage in "Leaving Las Vegas". His drama seemed long and drawn out, and for many it can be. My body and I have always seemed to be "it's all or nothing!". Intensity with a "crash and burn" might fit the bill as a better personal critique.)
Anyhow, be careful and try to cut back on your alcohol intake if you can. The doctors say, "You would do well to never have another drink again". What? You mean for the rest of my life? Yeah, I know! EVEN WHEN we drinkers know that clean and sober is the way to go, it feels damn near impossible and many times more painful than almost dying!
Good Luck! (I've improved GREATLY, but ten years later I still don't find that I've succeded in learning my lesson ENTIRELY.)
P.S. Hemorrhoid - a PAINFUL swelling of a vein in the region of the anus, often with bleeding. (Webster's Dictionary)
The more I think about your words, the more urgent I think it is that you get checked ASAP. At the very least, cut back majorly, if not entirely on the alcohol until you can in to see your doctor! You did say "alot of blood", and internal hemmorhoids should not be causing overly excessive bleeding, especially if your stools are runny.
Hemorrhoids may result from straining to move stool. Other contributing factors include pregnancy, aging, chronic constipation or diarrhea, and anal intercourse.
Alcohol increases the production of stomach acid.
Alcohol relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), allowing stomach contents to reflux back up into the esophagus.
WHEN THE LES RELAXES, IT CAUSES THE CONTRACTIONS THAT OCCUR WITH SWALLOWING TO BECOME ERRATIC. (THIS IS WHAT LED TO THE TEAR IN MY ESOPHAGUS & STOMACH WHICH LED TO THE PROFUSE BLEEDING. IT THEN TRIED TO EXIT MY BODY ANY WAY IT COULD! YOU CAN'T JUST HAVE ALL THAT BLOOD REMAIN IN YOUR STOMACH. IT'S GOTTA GO SOMEWHERE. OUT ONE END OR THE OTHER!)
Alcohol makes the esophagus more sensitive to stomach acid.
Alcohol can also lead to the development of peptic ulcers and interfere with the healing of ulcers already present. (Obviously, ulcers bleed as well.)
Have you already been checked by a doctor? IF NOT, PLEASE DO! Mention alcohol and erratic contractions of the LES. Your doctor SHOULD be well aware of this being a likely scenario for a heavy drinker. It's only a matter of time before excessive drinking catches up with you. It's convincing us drinkers that drinking IS the problem. We often struggle with the denial of it even past a couple of bleeding hemmorages!
I'm not trying to scare you or sound too preachy, but had I slept through what was going on with me, I could have very well died in my sleep. AND THAT'S NO LIE! It's only because my body was rejecting the excess blood loss with such force that I sought help in time.
I can drink all weekend and one or two days I have the bright red water.My husband got upset and told his mother and she said I had "bloody piles" I had no idea what it was.I figured I had Ulcers.There isn;t any pain except trying to "poo" and the burning.But I've had it for 2 years now and just thought I would look it up. lol
Glad to see I'm not alone.
I am a 4th year uni student and I had my fair share of drinking since 1st year. So in my 3rd year after a crazy easter break week of solid drinking, I returned to uni and started revising for exams. I went with my flatmate to a restaurant to eat and he got salmonela. I was only feeling sick for a couple of days but then I was ok but started having blood in my stool. My flatmate had to go to the doctor for the salmonela and do tests etc because he was getting worse.
After he tested positive for salmonela I had a test as well since I had blood in my stool by that point, to see if it was salmonela but the test was negative. The doctor gave me antibiotics anyway. I dont know if my body killed the salmonela before the test or if the test was a faulse negative or even if I never had salmonela. But at the same time I started having blood in my stool.
I had a colonoscopy and the result showed that I had ulcerative colitis on the last few cm of the large intestine and thats why the blood is bright red. How and why ulcerative colitis is caused is unknown to doctors and there are things you can take to ease the symptoms although there is no permanent solution.
Now, several months after, and after having periods of no blood and then having blood again, I ve come to the conclusion that my bleeding is directly linked to alchohol consumption.
Ulcerative colitis is a self-immune thing and in my case it could have been triggered by the salmonely infection (if it took place after all), and because of the alchohol abuse the immune system got confused and now it is triggered by alchohol or something among these lines.
The biggest problem is that I seem to become increasingly sensitive to the amount of alchohol I drink. So now even with a coffee that has a bit of alchohol in it I get blood in my stool.
So, in any case you must have a colonoscopy to see whats going on. Although in cases like Ulcerative Colitis it wont tell you the reason or the trigger, it will at least tell you what it is not and will provide you with valuable information.
Then try to have no alchohol for lets say 3 days then drink to see if you will get blood. Then wait a week and drink again. To make sure it doesnt occure every 3 days etc. and see if it is really linked to alchohol or something else in your diet or environment.
I also used to think it was correlated with the temperature, since I was travelling to different countries. In the warmer country I had way less blood. To the coldest the most. But I realised that my alchohol consumption followed the same pattern although for social reasons not cold! So I ve concluded that it is just the alchohol.
Good luck guys.
He is 45 and had been a heavy drinker for most of his adult life. He said he used to have this happen all the time. It happens any time he drinks liquor and, like the previous poster, he seems to become more sensitive as time passes.
These days, he doesn't drink as much or as frequently. The routine drink (or in the most recent case, jalapenoes!) will bring it on. I would like to have him get a colonoscopy ASAP but we lack insurance. I am inclined to believe it is colitis or internal hemroid as he has been dealing with it for years and it has improved with his positive life style changes.
I am going to back and try rehab "non 12 step" and get on Revia
I've had enough.
ive stopped drinking for awhile now and havent had the problem.