Large amounts of rectal bleeding or nonstop bleeding
Shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, or extreme weakness with bleeding
Black or deep maroon bleeding
A history of liver disease, bleeding disorder, severe anemia, or a bleeding ulcer
1. Call the Doctor
Make an appointment to see your health care provider. While some causes of blood with bowel movements are minor, others, such as colon cancer, are serious.
2. Monitor Symptoms
Before the appointment with your health care provider, keep track of color and consistency of the blood and stool. Also keep track of symptoms such as rectal or abdominal pain, rectal pressure, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, fever, or mucus and pus in the stools.
3. Follow Up
The health care provider may do a rectal exam and order tests, such as a colonoscopy, to find the cause. Rectal bleeding may stem from hemorrhoids, anal fissures, anal abscesses or fistulas, diverticulosis, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, polyps, or colon cancer.