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mtgman
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   Posted 11/15/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
ok, so how much blood is actually a lot?  I have never had the dark blood or bm's.  It's always been brighter red.  But how much is a lot and cause for greater concern?  Thanks!

cindywchrones
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   Posted 11/15/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Bright red blood can be fissures & hemorrhoids ect..I asked myself the same question after loading the commode down one night..The doctor seemed unconcerned and sent me for a cbc which was fine..I would call the doctor if you have any concerns on how much is too much..
Cindy

potatoqwn
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   Posted 11/15/2008 11:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Cindy. If it something totally out of the norm for you, you should always ask the doctor. I was a heavy bleeder for years and years. Other than being quite tired at times and a bit anemic, I was okay.

Jen77
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   Posted 11/16/2008 2:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I go by amount, not color. My GI bleed was bright red and I ended up losing massive amounts of blood. The blood changes to a darker color the longer it takes to move out of your body. If your bleeding very heavily, it won't have a chance to turn dark. Mine never did.

My bleed was just pure blood and tons and tons of it. It was like having several giant bouts of D, but with nothing but blood. Quite scary! I would have died had I not been hospitalized, with them going in and stopping the bleed by colonoscopy. I had many months on iron supplements, and could barely get from one room to the other in my house without being out of breath. I think it's always a good idea to make sure the doctors know about it. Even if it's just some bleeding every day, it can add up and make us pretty anemic. With MASSIVE bleeding I get myself to an ER.


~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!


mtgman
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   Posted 11/16/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
wow. that's scary! sorry you had to deal with that!! mine is not nearly that bad...it's just that usually if i do bleed it's done after a day or so...this time it seems to be a bit more persistent...think i'll call the doc tomorrow.

pb4
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   Posted 11/16/2008 11:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Basically if the blood is dark, that means it's been there for a period of time in order for it to have turned so dark, that can be a dangerous sign, it could mean clotting so it's always important to pay attention not just to the amount but the shade of it as well.

:)


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Jen77
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   Posted 11/17/2008 12:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Anytime you see dark it is important to pay attention to it yes. But seems to me too many people blow off bleeding if it's bright red, as if that means it must be something minor. A lot of the time that might be true. That isn't always the case though, as I found out. Had I just blew it off, because it was bright red, I wouldn't be here to type this right now!

So yes, dark is bad. So is bright red, when there is lots of it. It's also dangerous even in small amounts if it goes on over time. I think bleeding with Crohn's should be taken more seriously, by doctors and patients. It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine I guess.


~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!

Post Edited (Jen77) : 11/17/2008 12:27:59 AM (GMT-7)


pb4
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   Posted 11/17/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
That is very true Jen...bottom line, regardless of color or amount it should be taken more serious because it's better to be safe than sorry.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Jen77
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   Posted 11/17/2008 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup, exactly! I wish it was always from fissures and hemmies. That would sure make our lives as Crohnies easier!
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!

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