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Can You Have Blood in Your Stool with Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic disease like asthma or migraine. Irritable bowel syndrome comes and goes but makes your abdomen a weak spot always. A simple food or a little stress can work as a trigger and make you uncomfortable. The usual symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are diarrhea, constipation, gas formation, bloating, abdominal pain, cramps and spasms. Blood in stool is not a direct symptom of Irritable bowel syndrome, but few patients may experience blood in stool due to associated symptom of constipation. These symptoms can appear at the slightest trigger and you may not always be able to control them.

Can You Have Blood in Your Stool with Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Can You Have Blood in Your Stool with Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

One of the reasons where blood in the stool can occur if you are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome is if your main symptom for being an irritable bowel syndrome patient is constipation. Due to constipation, the stool becomes hard and dried since the water gets soaked up by the intestine as the stool remains in the intestines for a long time. Now, when you push the stool out of your rectum, it can cause a tear in the tissue lining. This injured tissue lining if not healed immediately may give growth to a small fissure which can cause bleeding. It is necessary to consult a doctor and get a check-up like a colonoscopy to know the exact reason for the bleeding.

If you notice blood in your stool or on your toilet paper, it immediately points to rectal bleeding. The bleeding occurs due to development of a fissure. A fissure is a cut in the tissue of the rectum which causes an injury. Since the wound is open, while the stool passes out the wound gets affected and the bleeding occurs.

The usual reasons for blood in the stool are:

Blood in your stool is less likely to be caused due to irritable bowel syndrome.

What Can be Done to Avoid Blood in Stool Due to Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

  • Skip spicy food to avoid blood in stool due to irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Replace meat with beans.
  • Add fibrous food to your diet so that you can treat constipation.
  • Drink enough amount of water.

Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms will disturb your day to day activities. As soon as you notice any of these symptoms; you should get a medical check-up. Taking stress will further deteriorate your situation. It is only assuring that irritable bowel syndrome does not invite any other digestive diseases along with itself.

Irritable bowel syndrome does not lead to any kind of physical damage or does not increase the risk to any kind of further bowel syndromes, like inflammatory bowel disease and does not risk you to getting colon cancer. Even then some of the alarming symptoms which will need medical help immediately are:

  • Loss of weight
  • Recurring symptoms after waking up in the night
  • Pain in not the usual areas and developing new symptoms.
  • Blood in the stool.

Such symptoms may appear if you are infected by someone or have been exposed to anything contaminated like contaminated drinking water.

Such symptoms call for immediate attention. Irritable bowel syndrome is unpredictable since there will be calm days and then there will be days where you will feel miserable.


  1. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/irritable-bowel-syndrome
  2. Mayo Clinic. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20360016

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 8, 2023

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