Hemmorhoids masking Inflammation?

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LondonRed
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   Posted 8/23/2008 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   

How are we to know if we are well or not? It's so frustrating and the anxiety makes things worse. I have hemmies which I am not sure bleed or not but the GI took pictures of them on a scope, I do have them - they are small internal ones. I am told they can bleed - so how do we IBDer's tell whether it's the hemmies or the colon?

My stools are fine and well formed and I only get mild urgency in the morning first thing but I have always had that (IBS). Otherwise I feel totally well in myself and just yesterday went for an 12 hour round trip to watch Liverpool and did't get any urgeny or any need to have a bowel movement during that time. I am having about 3 bowel movements a day.

But the BLOOD doesn't seem to go away, One day it will totally disappear (like yesterday) and the next day it will come back (like
this morning). The blood is bright red, and there is no consistency to how it appears - sometimes it is on the outside of one or two of  the stool, sometimes it drips into the pan but more often than not it is confined to the tissue.

How do I know if I am flaring or if the inflammation is still there? I don't want to keep taking strong meds if it is just my piles (which I think it is) but I also don't want to stop taking meds if my colon is bleeding. I am confused as I stopped bleeding for 9 months last time although a lot of that time, I didn't even look at the tissue when I wiped!

I am so sad - every time I stop bleeding, it seems to comes back. The blood could be from the rectum or the anus or from piles, there is no way of knowing :(

Anyone else have the same problem?


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


yellowroseoftexas
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   Posted 8/24/2008 12:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey, do you get a CRP done?  That will tell you what level of inflamation there is in the body.  You can do the ESR as well, but I usually don't bother.  To me, it sounds like your hemmies, but I am no expert.  I don't have a lot of bleeding - ever, except from my hemmies and it is always bright red and in the manner you described.  I have hemmies and we sound similar in movements but mine are only active if I don't eat enough fiber....

I would suggest having a CRP done.  Anything under 5 is normal.  If it is high you know your gut is inflammed. (well not strictly as this is the level in the whole body) but I use it as a marker.

Hope this helps.

Amy


 
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LondonRed
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   Posted 8/24/2008 12:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess I will have to have the CRP done, in the past whenever I have had it done it has always come back normal. Good idea, thanks.

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


Nanners
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   Posted 8/24/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
LondonRed you really seem to be concerned about this as you keep looking for answers. I suggest as Yellowrose said to call your doc and ask to have bloods run. I still believe its only hemi's, but if your still concerned I would ask your doc.
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.


aoccc
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   Posted 8/24/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
When i was first diag I worried about every little thing but you have to get used to the little things...your gonna worry yourself into a worse condition..check with you doctor
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LondonRed
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   Posted 8/24/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I emailed my GI thinks the bleeding is hemmoroids and for me not to worry. He said "bright red blood", "intermittent" and no pain = Hemmies. I hope to God he is right.

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


Keeper
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   Posted 8/24/2008 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
There is a product designed for Crohn's called Fissure Heal. It is a suppository and also mentions hemmies as well as the fissures/fistulas. You can find a link to it at the bottom of this web page: http://www.jinipatelthompson.com/ If you can heal the hemmies, you will have a better idea if something does go off.
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