Recurrant Duadenal Ulcer - Crohns? Hemoglobyn?

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LondonRed
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   Posted 5/3/2009 1:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Last summer I had a bleeding ulcer which gave me black stools, this past month I have had the same thing again which has resulted in my Hemoglobin going down to 9.7 and it has been like that for 6 weeks.
 
The biopsies for Crohns on the Ulcer were negative but the doctor is not ruling it out given that it keep coming back.
 
How likely is it to be Crohns? Anyone else have Ulcers or Crohns in the stomach?
 
I have no pain or anything and now feel well.
 
Any help in trying to get my Hemoglobin higer would be much appreciated. Anyone else have this problem even when they aren't bleeding?

Diagnosis Oct 07: Mild Crohn's Colitis. Also suffer from bleeding Peptic Ulcers. By the grace of God currently in remission. Current Medication: 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day. VSL#3.


Rider Fan
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   Posted 5/3/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes mine goes down without noticeable bleeding. My GI didn't find any ulcers in my stomach.
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 12.5mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Can't tolerate any iron supplements or infusions.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


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njmom
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   Posted 5/3/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Iron is absorbed in the duodenum, so an ulcer or inflammation there could interfere with iron absorption. 

LondonRed
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   Posted 5/4/2009 12:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I am on PPI's and they stopped the bleeding immediately and they did find HPylori too.... so I took the antibiotics. Last summer I had the same thing but without HPylori - maybe they missed the HP back then? It could just be the HP. The biopsies on both occasions ruled out IBD - yet my doc seems to thing it "may be" Crohns which has scared me.

My Haemoglobin want down to 9.2 and has now stabalised at 9.8 for the past 2 months. Life sucks.

I didn't realise iron is absorbed in the duodenum - so how do we get around this? Has anyone else found it difficult to replace lost blood?

Diagnosis Oct 07: Mild Crohn's Colitis. Also suffer from bleeding Peptic Ulcers. By the grace of God currently in remission. Current Medication: 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day. VSL#3.


njmom
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   Posted 5/4/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
If you haven't already, you could give oral iron supplements a try. Then, if they don't work, you can always get an iron infusion via IV.
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