Blood in stool?

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Valerie3
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   Posted 3/17/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys, I'm a bit worried...When I just went to the bathroom, I noticed a fairly substantial amount of blood in my stool. I have only seen blood once or twice before I even started on meds, so I know something is off right now. I had a colonoscopy a week ago today, but is this too long ago for any blood to have came out? I've had BMs every day since and haven't noticed any before today, so can I rule that out as a cause? I also was on Pentasa for a few weeks, but was switched to Entocort last week when I had my colonoscopy. I appeared to be improving in general, though....I'm a bit confused! My stomach pain started to get worse again yesterday, though, feels like it's coming more often than it had been since I started meds. I'm a little bit worried! Do you guys think this is anything to be concerned about? It really looked like I was improving. :( My stool has also been solid for about the last month or so - I wouldn't say it's overly hard or anything like that, but the only time I've had D was for a day or 2 following my colonoscopy.

catpower
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   Posted 3/17/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
If it's just on the outside of the stool, it could be a sign of hemmoroids. If the blood is inside the stool, or if you are passing a lot of blood into the toilet, that is probably a different issue. Either way, it never hurts to give your GI a call.
Dx with Crohn's Colitis; Meds: Pred and Imuran; female in late 20s.


sr5599
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   Posted 3/17/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
All my Crohn's is in my large intestine with the worst of it in the rectal region. I bleed at least a tablespoon each day (that is obvious). I've gone up to about 4 oz with my doctor saying it's ok. (tell him and if it continues like that it's not) So I try not to get too nervous about a little bleeding here and there.

However, that said, if bleeding returns it is definitely a sign that something is worse off. I wouldn't think it would be the scope after a week, but I don't know. That's a question for your doctor. It sounds like it would be best to call and see what your GI says.
--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
--Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08 => STOPPED 10/3/08 - now 2 months into it & it was the right decision
--currently taking budesonide suppositories, 3mg at night.  SLIPPING big time.  Started Cimzia first dose 2/10/09.  Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09
--single mom to 11-yr-old girl


pb4
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   Posted 3/17/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
If you have CD affecting the colon and or rectom then blood is fairly common...sometimes having a colonoscopy can induce a flare so even though during the colonoscopy you were told things were improved then there's still a good chance that the scoping may have irritated things enough to cause a flare.

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


Zanne
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   Posted 3/17/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you gotten the results from your colonoscopy? Did it show any rectal involvement? Did you have to strain more than usual, was it firmer than usual? I had not had rectal involvement since the early days of my diagnosis, but in the last few years I have had some, and there is some blood occasionally. But, if I didn't know what it was, I would call my doctor, especially with an increase in pain.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Valerie3
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   Posted 3/17/2009 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't gotten the results officially, I go to the doctor next week for that, but I was fully awake and alert during my procedure, so I was watching the screen - no rectal involvement, my inflammation is almost entirely in my T.I., and a bit in my large intestine right before my T.I.. I haven't had to strain, I just get the feeling that I have to go when I don't sometimes, and that everything hasn't came out after I go, but I have had that feeling for months. It's a little bit alarming because I've never been a bleeder - I had blood for a couple of days in January, but that was the only time I've ever bled. I am going to keep watching to see if things continue, and if they do I will call my doctor. If not, I see her on Monday anyway but I will definitely tell her about it. It does seem sort of like the colonoscopy irritated things though, so hopefully it will pass quickly :) It was my first time having one, so I don't really have anything to compare it to for how it affects my body. Thanks everyone!

pb4
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   Posted 3/17/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
That bit in your colon could very well be the reason for your bleeding.

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

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