Blood disorders that mimic some of the symptoms of irritable bowel disorders?

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   Posted 10/26/2008 2:19 AM (GMT -6)   
This is probably a strange question, bear with me. It's also going to be quite long as I try to go through all of the history.

I started getting sick in November of 2007. The symptoms that manifested themselves then were mainly of the diarrhea and fatigue classification. I was treated with one (unhelpful) round of cipro and one (helpful) round of metronidazole. The metronidazole put me into an asymptomatic state until mid-January 2008 (I finished the antibiotics on Christmas eve 2007).
In January of 2008, some more symptoms started showing up. In addition to diarrhea (particularly mucousy), I began also having joint pain, numerous infections one right after the other, and unusual bruising. My blood has not clotted normally since then, either.
In July of 2008, I had my first experience with bloody diarrhea.
A combination of these symptoms has continued since then. Since I only go to the doctor at the tail end of my illnesses (bad habit), my test results come back largely normal.

On and off for the past several days, I've had increased thirst+decreased appetite, ridiculous amounts of joint pain, several bruises in unusual places, nausea, pain & gas (but no BMs), and two cuts that have bled continuously for extended periods of more than an hour. I'm going to see a gastroenterologist on the 27th of November, but I'm thinking I should have taken the PCP's suggestion of a rheumatologist instead. My question is, are there any blood disorders that have some of the same symptoms as the irritable bowel disorders? If so, should I be bringing any of these up to my doctors?
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   Posted 10/26/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am not sure about the blood disorder thing but going to a GI sounds like a good decision. Perhaps that will help you to find what is going on and lead to some answers. You can always book a app. with a rheum. later. What is your Dr. saying about your blood clotting? lol gail
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   Posted 10/26/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
There are a couple of factors that might account for the blood problems. First, Crohn's is commonly associated with vitamin deficiencies. It is suspicious to me that your blood problems date to the period following the metronitazole treatment. That could be responsible for the loss of vitamin K producing gut bacteria. Crohn's is also known to be associated with reduced levels of vitamin K, presumably from loss of the vitamin K producing bacteria due to D. Vitamin K is associated with blood clotting and is required for bone building. Its lack is associated with bone pain (osteopenia) and poor clotting or bleeding. There is also a form of arthritis associated with Crohn's, so joint pain is possibly from that source. In addition, high blood levels of TNF due to Crohn's can result in chronic tendinitis - and the tendons are near the joints and tendon pain could be mistaken for joint pain. For background on vitamin deficiencies in Crohn's see:

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   Posted 10/26/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I would go ahead and see your GI but I would also insist on seeing a Rhuemy-and since it seems like your PCP also wants you to see a rhuemy I would do it. My rhuemy is the one in charge of all medical stuff for me she is my most intellegent well informed doc.
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