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Could there be any link between severe backache and rectal bleeding?
Someone I know is really suffering from back pain. He often has severe spasms which pull him to the ground. Occasionally he has rectal bleeding. He has been to the GP but hasn't mentioned the bleeding. I'm really worried that there could be a link.
asked in health, medical, pain

beeper_spryte answers:

coincidence in medicine is rare. i would recommend that your friend mention this bleeding - better an embarrassing ten minutes at the doctor's than ... well, you can imagine the worst, but let's try not to.

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Topaz2308 answers:

They must speak to their GP as soon as possible as this is not normal occurance and needs a professional diagnosis. We are not medically trained on this site and it is better they speak to someone who can advise them properly and refer them to a specialist if needed.

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robinsamuels answers:

This is a really bad combination. If he can't get an emergency appointment at his GP's he needs to visit A&E.

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duffield1 answers:

I'm no doctor, but I had a bad back for several years. I'd take codeine pain killers to fix the pain, then get bunged up which made the back pain worse, and sometimes caused bleeding.

what I'm trying to say is that it might not be a serious probem, but only the doc will be able to say for sure.

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