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Blood In Stool After Diagnosis.

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After many hospitalizations and finally blood work and a biopsy, my son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. This was about 1 year ago. Today he told me that he usually has blood in his stool that is bright red but the last time it was more and dark and this made him worried. He has NEVER mentioned this to me or to the doctor. Obviously I am worried what this means. He has been on a completely gluten-free diet since the day of the biopsy and diagnosis. (At least as far as I know.) He is a teenager now so I am not able to watch him 24/7 but I do know that what I serve in our house is 100% gluten-free not only for him but for all of my family now that I know he is allergic. My question is... Do I take him back to the doctor because of this or is this something that is happening because he is not eating the right things. I don't want him to go through more tests if its not absolutely necessary but I am worried about this disease creating more problems for him. Thank you in advance.

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Does he have a more Constipated presentation of Celiac? If so, he is probably experiencing anal fissures when he moves his bowels. After figuring out I had Celiac a few years ago, I remembered that when I was a kid I constantly thought I was starting my period - I mean way too young (I had older sisters). I'm sure I had fissures. (Time heals them - and quitting the hard stools - I still get it now and again when I eat dairy, which constipates me.)

As for darker stool, make sure to rule out having eaten blueberries or beets before getting too upset. I've called a couple times the doctor to be made eventually to laugh at my own eating - blueberries and beets are the most common to make dark stool - but so will iron supplementation. If he is on iron pills, his stool may well become dark.

Anyway, if he is not on the C side of Celiac, then obviously what I'm saying above about fissures makes no sense at all. Best of luck to you!

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This needs to be evaluated by your doctor. It may be something as simple as hemmoroids but it can indicate other issues. Blood in the stool should never be ignored.

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