So for the last 10 days, I have been dealing with a rather rare bout of constipation. I rarely have any issues or abnormalities with bowel movements so this whole situation is rather odd. So over the last 10 days, I have been relatively regular, going every day or every other day. But the stools have been very difficult to pass and have required quite a bit of straining and are larger than normal and hard. It is almost like passing meatballs, if that makes any sense.
During this time, I have experienced some pain and tearing near the opening of the anus that has lead to some minor bleeding. This shows itself as streaks of bright red blood on the stool and the paper. I have been treating it with Prep. H and it has been improving significantly.
However tonight, when I used the bathroom, I passed two pieces of stool that were seemingly covered in certain parts with bloody mucus. I have never seen anything like this before. The mucus is separate from the stool, slimy, and unquestionably red. The color is a brighter red I would say, rather than dark or maroon. And even though it seemed to be on the stool ... it was not really "mixed" with the stool.
Some time ago, my GI doctor suggested that I may have IBS and treated me with IBGard. Last month I experienced a few weeks of lower abdominal cramping and discomfort even though stools were normal. This has relatively stopped but has been replaced by this bout of constipation. I eat plenty of fiber and drink water constantly.
And I saw my primary care physician just yesterday and he prescribed the antibiotic Doxycicline for a separate issue that he believes may be due to a bacterial infection not related at all to my digestive tract. Apparently a serious side effect of Doxy is bloody stools but I have only taken two doses and really doubt it is the cause. I will call my doctor's office tomorrow and see what he wants to do.
So my question, for those who have experienced constipation ... can constipation and straining possibly lead to bloody mucus on/in stool?
I have pictures as well. My apologies for the graphic nature of the pictures. And also my sincere thanks to anyone and everyone who takes the time to read/see all this.