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Hi, recently i have been suffering from bad constipation, and

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Hi, recently i have been suffering from bad constipation, and bloating. I have had an under active thyroid for about 13 years now, which I have been taking thyroxine for the whole time, and that is stable as I get it checked regularly. However I have been having bad constipation and when I go to the toilet it bleeds a lot, and there is sometimes a little blood in the toilet too. I went to the doctor yesterday and he gave me laxido, which I had one sachet last night, and it seems to have made it even worse! As when i went to the toilet today, there was not only blood but i pulled two long thin light brown string things out too! please help!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Hi. How old are you and have you ever had a colonoscopy? Any pain with your bowel movements?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I am 23 years old, and no I haven't had a colonoscopy. It is sometimes a little painful, but only on rare occasions.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK and we can continue after this if you'd like. Most likely the bleeding is from hemorrhoids and those can be treated with witch hazel and a cortisone cream but with my patients I perform a flexible sigmoidoscopy to look for possible colon polyps which can also bleed. As for the constipation, you may have irritable bowel syndrome and a newer medication like Linzess is very effective for that. You also need a stool softener like Colace to help with this. The light brown string things sound like mucus which is often seen with irritable bowel syndrome
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

okay, thank you so much. I just have a few more questions if that is okay. Can the haemorrhoids be treated with a cream called anusol? Are polyps anything serious to be worried about? and where can I get Linzess from? Okay I was really worried because i only just started taking the Laxido and the brown string things came just after taking that, i thought it may have just been undigested fibre coming out.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Yes--Anusol does contain cortisone so it's fine. Polyps are usually benign but they do need to be removed. Linzess is a prescription medication and if this continues you can ask your doctor for that or for a gastroenterology referral. No, that's just mucus and nothing to worry about. Let me know how it goes and please remember to rate my service to you
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

thankyou so much for that. So how would I go about seeing if it was polyps or not? As i don't think it is that as the bleeding only happens when I am constipated, at other times it doesn't bleed at all. Thankyou so much for your help and I shall rate now, thanks.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
That would take the scoping by a gastroenterologist and while I think this is just a hemorrhoid problem, as I said, I get that procedure on all my patients with blood in their stool just to be on the safe side. Take care and let me know how it goes
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