Remission or not?

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LondonRed
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   Posted 8/20/2008 11:49 PM (GMT -7)   

My GI says Inflammation can be measured by the number of stools and their consistency - so the more you go and the more it is watery the more inflammation. I find that odd because I never had D last year, I just went about 5 times a day and had some blood. I started meds 9 days ago after a new flare and have had no blood all week and solid stools for the past 4 days so I thought I had got into remission. BUT this morning I saw a streak of blood on a stool and some drops into the pan.

My Current symptoms: 2-3 bowel movements a day, normal consistency of stool, no pain, minor streaks on stool or a few drops of blood in the water and minor spotting on tissue every few days – does this mean I am still flaring or could it be my small hemmies for which I even doubt I bleed from!?

I am using steroids and pentassa so maybe it is just masking my symptoms some days and I am still in a flare?

Anyone advise me please?


Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: 2 Patches of Mild Chrohn's Colitis
Medication: 4000mg Pentasa a day, 5mg Clipper Steroid (Beclometasone dipropionate)


kimberlayn
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   Posted 8/21/2008 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Chronic inflammation can take alot more than 9 days to bring down. Think about a simple sprained ankle, I had one swollen for almost 2 weeks even following RICE treatment. Maybe you can give the meds a little more time to work. There could also be some scarring, and no meds will take that away. I'm glad you're pain-free!
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, vicodin as needed, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Doc says no active disease, but flare-ups anyway. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.


Nanners
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   Posted 8/21/2008 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
You are not in remission. The medication is just starting to help to heal things. I really think the small amount of blood you are passing is just from hemi's. They can be internal also. You say you are having formed stools, whether you realize it or not, they could be scratching the hemi's and causing them to bleed. You also said the streaks are "on" the stool not mixed into the stool. That usually points more to hemi's. As it passes thru your rectum it passes the hemi's and picks up the blood there.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


LondonRed
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   Posted 8/21/2008 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
But it totally went for 4 days and now it's back again. I don't understand and I am confused.. dos it mean I have re-flared?

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: 2 Patches of Mild Chrohn's Colitis
Medication: 4000mg Pentasa a day, 5mg Clipper Steroid (Beclometasone dipropionate)


Nanners
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   Posted 8/21/2008 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
No I think it means you are healing and your stool is firmer now and scratching inside a little. I haven't had blood in years and years and last week I got a bad poop cramp went to the bathroom and had alot of bright red blood. I did not strain or anything. The next couple of days I did strain alot more and had no blood at all. It was just one of my hemi's a little irritated.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


bektold
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   Posted 8/21/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
If you weren't on the steroids, would you still be having symptoms?  In my opinion, if you require the steriods then you are controlling the flare.  If you would be fine without the steriods, then you're no longer flaring.  I'm skeptical that inflammation can be measured by the frequency and texture of stools.  At least as an overall generalization in Crohnies.  Some of us have D, some of us have C, and some of us experience little interruption in their bowel habits.

LondonRed
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   Posted 8/21/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know, last time I had a flair 6 Asacol a day got me in remission for nearly a year. Then it started again after a bout of antibiotics. This time he put me on steroids for a month and Pentassa 2g x a day. I am not sure they are working because I get intermittent blood but the D has stopped.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: 2 Patches of Mild Chrohn's Colitis
Medication: 4000mg Pentasa a day, 5mg Clipper Steroid (Beclometasone dipropionate)


Olive J
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   Posted 8/21/2008 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there…

I am in remission for 4 years now and don’t take any meds.

I did a blood test called the CRP test. This measures your inflammation in your body. If it is between 0 and 5 you are okay, but after that it means there are some kind of inflation. Keep on you tabs and do some exercises until your blood shows that you are in remission. BUT, don’t be stupid, eat healthy like only our Chronies can do and you must you get regular exercises to help keep the inflammation low.

Nanners
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   Posted 8/21/2008 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
LondonRed I want to share my experience with you. I once enjoyed a 20 year remission med free, it ended abrubtly with an emergency resection. Would I go med free again? NO WAY!!! While I was in my med free remission not thinking about my Crohns, my Crohns was still in there doing damage that I didn't know it was doing. You can have inflammation and not even know it, I am a witness to that. So please do continue with some kind of maintenance med, I don't want anyone else to suffer like I did. God Bless!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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