How much blood is 'too much'?

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   Posted 10/31/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
I am currently diagnosed with chronic colitis/possible Crohn's, so I'm guessing this is the forum I need to put this in.
I am currently on Lialda 2x/day.
I've been having less diarrhea and mucus, thankfully, but the last day or two I've been seeing a fair amount of blood.  Like, enough to tint the water.  And my actual stools look almost black.  Is this something I need to get checked immediately?  My GI doctor is 2 hours away, so I'm not real sure what to do at this point.
Thanks for any help you might have for me.  :)

Carnival Huckster
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   Posted 10/31/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
For me, when the water is tinted red it happens because of hemroids (not actual intestinal bleeding) which, in my case, is not a big deal. When I get the black stuff that looks like coffee grounds that's blood ... and a lot of that means it's time for me to see the GI.
34 Year Old Male
Crohn's Disease for 12 Years
Current Medications: 9mg 6mg entocort (budesonide)
100% SCD for past 90 days (on and off for 10 years)
4,000 mg MSM for 30 days
Vitamins E, D, C
No surgeries

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   Posted 10/31/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
You need to see your GI this week at the latest and get a CBC done. Black stool is usually from digested blood from the small intestine. It usually takes about 150ml of blood to turn it black. I have been there many times.

If you feel very weak and lightheaded before you can see your GI please go to the ER.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

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

Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!

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   Posted 10/31/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both for your replies. :) coffee grounds, do you mean the whole thing looks like that, or just specks in it? Because I've had a LOT of the specks lately, but I didn't think much of it.....

chronic active colitis/possible Crohn's
Lialda 2x/day
darvocet as needed

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