Blood in the stool is not normal, and I think it is a significant reason to visit your doctor especially with the history of your mom having bowel cancer at such a young age. You might have Irritable Bowel syndrome but I would recommend a colonoscopy as a precaution. I have given you a few notes on IBS and the symptoms.
For many people, careful eating reduces IBS symptoms. Before changing your diet, keep a journal noting the foods that seem to cause distress. Then discuss your findings with your doctor. You may want to consult a registered dietitian who can help you make changes to your diet. For instance, if dairy products cause your symptoms to flare up, you can try eating less of those foods. You might be able to tolerate yogurt better than other dairy products because it contains bacteria that supply the enzyme needed to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk products. Dairy products are an important source of calcium and other nutrients. If you need to avoid dairy products, be sure to get adequate nutrients in the foods you substitute, or take supplements.
In many cases, dietary fibre may lessen IBS symptoms, particularly constipation. However, it may not help with lowering pain or decreasing diarrhoea. Whole grain breads and cereals, fruits, and vegetables are good sources of fibre. High-fibre diets keep the colon mildly distended, which may help prevent spasms. Some forms of fibre keep water in the stool, thereby preventing hard stools that are difficult to pass. Doctors usually recommend a diet with enough fibre to produce soft, painless bowel movements. High-fibre diets may cause gas and bloating, although some people report that these symptoms go away within a few weeks. Increasing fibre intake by 2 to 3 grams per day will help reduce the risk of increased gas and bloating.
Drinking six to eight glasses of plain water a day is important, especially if you have diarrhoea. Drinking carbonated beverages, such as sodas, may result in gas and cause discomfort. Chewing gum and eating too quickly can lead to swallowing air, which also leads to gas.
Large meals can cause cramping and diarrhoea, so eating smaller meals more often, or eating smaller portions, may help IBS symptoms. Eating meals that are low in fat and high in carbohydrates such as pasta, rice, whole-grain breads and cereals (unless you have celiac disease), fruits, and vegetables may help.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disease, that is, a disease in which the intestine (bowel) functions abnormally.
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