Anyone here ever had bloody diarrhea?

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indigosunrise
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   Posted 5/11/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   

I had this the other day--there was a lot of blood, no hemmies either.  Scared the heck out of me! 

I was ok for a day but today the blood is back a little bit.  Any ideas?  Can this happen with Crohn's or just UC?


Stef17
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   Posted 5/11/2008 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had it before. I have CD, but I have "crohn's colitis" so I don't know if it has something to do with the large intestine/rectum area or what. If you are concerned I would certainly talk to your GI about it. Especially if you've never had this before.

sjkly
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   Posted 5/11/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Any new symptom warrents a call to your doctor and probably a visit. Occassionally bleeding is a very serious even life threatening problem so consult with the doc.
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Crohn'snme
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   Posted 5/11/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Definiately go in and be seen asap. I too have experienced this and always with problems on the horizon. There's a reason it's showing. Just go in and be seen. They will probably do a test of your bowels, the very least. Take care.

sr5599
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   Posted 5/11/2008 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
You should definitely call your doc. But, I bleed every day when active (for the past year and a half). It's been better in the past month with the Tysabri, but... Just to let you know not to over-worry about it. Any change is worth discussing with your doctor without question.
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--stuck on methylprednisolone, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08
--single mom to 10-year-old girl


pb4
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   Posted 5/11/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
It's common with having IBD, usually bleeding happens more so when your colon is affected (it's typically more common for UCers to have bloody D for this reason compared to CDers with mainly small intestinal disease activity)...still, any new symptoms should be reported to your doc especially since it could mean your CD may be affecting other parts of your intestine (ei; colon) when it wasn't before... different meds are used to treat CD in different parts of the colon for targeting the specific areas.

:)
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Megera
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   Posted 5/11/2008 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   
*raises hand*

I have bleeding and the doctors can't seem to agree on where it's coming from. One doctor thinks it's from a fissure but then can't seem to find a fissure, another doctor decides that I'm bleeding too much for it to be a fissure, another doctor thinks it's from my terminal ileum, etc etc.

I haven't found anything that I can say 100% stops it. Before I had my last flare it just cleared up on it's own. I'd have a week or two of bleeding then nothing for months. In December and January I had bleeding almost every day. That stopped February-ish and now it's been back again for two weeks.

My Crohn's disease is entirely in my terminal ileum and I have no activity at all in my large intestine. The only thing in question is the pesky fissure but the only signs of a fissure I have are bleeding and a tag (no pain, bleeding starts with diarrhea etc) and the doctor couldn't see it on the last anoscopy.


Anyway, I'd suggest a call to your doctor just to give them a heads up on what's happening. They should be able to tell you if it's something that needs attention now or tell you to wait a certain amount of time before coming in. If there are any negative changes (ie: clots, more blood, more mucus or anything out of the ordinary) I'd go in right away.

Best of luck!
Current:
Dx: Crohn’s Ileitis as of 22/02/08
Rx: Salofalk 4g/day (26/02/08)
6mg Budesonide (for the next 6 weeks as of 04/04/08)

Discontinued meds:
Asacol 2.4g
Pentasa 4g


gardenlady
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   Posted 5/12/2008 2:10 AM (GMT -7)   
nawww. never. it has never, never, ever, looked like one of the signs of the Apocalypse in my toilet. Nope.

I'm lying of course. If it's a lot and no hemmies involved, call the doc. Just wanted to throw some of my own weird humor into things. I have a habit of doing that.
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If it will help to remove the darkness."
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indigosunrise
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   Posted 5/13/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone! Loved the humor, gardenlady!

So far, no more blood...whew! I am hoping it stays that way!

I do have another question, I hope this isn't too gross either. When you have active bleeding there, is it possible to have the blood leak out or do the muscles down there hold it in like they do with the feces?

Thanks everyone!

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   Posted 5/13/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
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Megera
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   Posted 5/13/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
indigosunrise - For the most part the blood won't leak out. I've only ever had two incidences of spotting in the 4 years I've had the problem (and they were in the last 2 months - and it was really minimal spotting)
If you have a lot of active/heavy bleeding be careful when you pass gas because some blood might come out.

Glad to hear that it's stopped for now!
Current:
Dx: Crohn’s Ileitis as of 22/02/08
Rx: Salofalk 4g/day (26/02/08)
6mg Budesonide (for the next 6 weeks as of 04/04/08)

Discontinued meds:
Asacol 2.4g
Pentasa 4g


MikeB
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   Posted 5/13/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
If you have Crohns activity in your colon the bleeding is most likely from one f the apthous ulcers that form with Crohns. Basically the ulder erodes down to there it opens a vein in the colon wall and you may experience bleeding (sometimes quite a lot) for several days or more. Oher sources may be fissures or, less commonly, a filstula. Colon blood is red to bright red. Blood from higher up in the small bowel or even the stomach will be darker, often clotted, or even black, as it has had more time to pass through the GI tract and been patially digested. While bleeding is mroe common in UC, it's not that rare in CD. I would say if you have the one episode you reported and no more, you probably had an unlder pop a brief bleed, but that also means your disease is likely more active. So yes, the best course if bleeding is new to you is to tell your GI.

Jen77
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   Posted 5/13/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh yes, I was hospitalized for sever bleeding. I lost over half the blood in my body. They had to go in and found an ulcer that was hemmoraging. Fixed it up. Since then I've had some blood during a flare, but nothing like that huge bleed. It can be very scary, and dangerous if it gets to be too much!
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Predisone 40mg, and Asacol.


potatoqwn
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   Posted 5/15/2008 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Um, yes for 15 years solid every day with every bowel movement. Blood rarely leaks out. Those tight muscles are darn strong. As stated above though, just be careful when passing gas. That's when it can happen.
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