Hard Stools, Mucus & Blood

Q.My wife is embarrassed to go to the doctor with the following medical problem. Recently, when she passes a stool, she also passes some blood.

She says her stools are very hard and appear to be covered with mucus.

She also says she feels no pain while passing the stool. I seek your advice in hopes it will encourage her to overcome her embarrassment and visit a doctor.

A.It is very common for people with lower intestinal and rectal complaints to be embarrassed to seek help. Usually, reassurance and emphasis on the importance of finding the cause of the symptoms will help.