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J. Ramos
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   Posted 3/10/2010 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I've been reading from this site for quite some time and decided to make an account. I was misdiagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis for little over a year now, and after a recent colonoscopy, the GI found that I had Crohn's Colitis instead. I've had a recent flare in early February and I am slowly recovering. Currently, I am on Asacol X12 per day, and I am taking 30mg of Prednisone in the morning to reduce the inflammation. I'm not taking any cort or mesalamine enemas, although I have plenty in stock. On my last round of Prednisone in October for a past flare, rectal bleeding stopped after a day on the drug. However, now the bleeding doesn't seem to stop even on this second round of Prednisone. I've been bleeding for over a month now. It is just small streaks on the stool and scattered bright red blood on the toilet paper. My stool is formed well, urgency is low, and I would have a bowel movement about 1-3 times a day. Morning bm is accompanied with slight pain only to be relieved with bm. Not a whole lot, and I think I may have an internal hemmorrhoid in combination with a bleeding ulcer. I've improved greatly (with formed stools, decreased urgency and pain) since February, but I am worried to be bleeding for so long. From your guys' experience, how long did it take for you guys to stop bleeding (with steroids or enemas) and should I discuss alternative medications/treatments with my GI?


J. Ramos

I'm very glad to have found this site! It's great relief to find other people in the same boat. :)

J. Ramos
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   Posted 3/11/2010 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Also, how long does healing typically occur after a flare in the colon for a person with CD? If there is any research out there to support?

J. Ramos

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   Posted 3/11/2010 12:59 AM (GMT -6)   
asacol site says 3 weeks. My advice is that you really eat well during this time to keep up your weight even gain if you can. I was not able to have so many asacol as they would get stuck in my stricture areas. definitely try to eat well if you can pass that many asacol. I would describe asacol as having an exfoliation effect so you really dont want to consume anything that will unreasonably irritate the bowel. crohns typically doesnt have excessive bleeding other than the streaks so you should be discussing with doctor any other measures to treat that right now. Any sign of less formation go in and see the doc. You probably noticed that a maintenance regimen is highly recommended so staying on some type of drug beyond 3 weeks also.

J. Ramos
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   Posted 3/11/2010 1:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply. I've been maintaining my weight pretty well over the past few months. I've been teetering between 160-165 and i'm 5'10". I've never had any drastic weight loss since my initial diagnosis last year, and I've gained weight since then. My appetite has been good also, probably because of the prednisone side effects. Been trying to eat 3 meals a day. I will definitely see my doc of any changes in my bowel formation, but for now I think I'm doing better in that area, just the bleeding.

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   Posted 3/11/2010 2:02 AM (GMT -6)   
A few weeks ago I had quite a lot of bleeding with every stool, that the toilet bowel was actually red with blood and you couldnt see the stools for blood as well, I was on the pred enemas and oral pred at the time, I bled for a week and had a lot of discomfort and severe pain when I went to the toilet. It stopped after about 6 days and just this week I have noticed a few spots again but nothing as severe as before, but I had a sigmoidoscopy this week so maybe that has irritated the colon a little, but they didnt say what the actual cause of bleeding was, as the doctor said I had stopped bleeding, but also the enema didnt work properly so they couldnt see the whole picture.
Michelle 40 years old
Diagnosed with CD 2004 (undiagnosed correctly +- 3 years, wrongly diagnosed with IBS)
Bowel resection 2005
medication: pentasa 500mg , Co-codomol 500mg/32mg codeine
loperamide 2mg (prn - take as many as 10-20 a day)
calcium tablets, multivitamin tablets, Omega 3
Ferrous sulphate(anaemia)
levothyroxine (thyroid)
questran light (3 sachets/day), 3 monthly B12 Injections

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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 3/11/2010 2:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you have very little bleeding, I was bleeding about 1/4 cup a day with piles of mucus, all bleeding stopped in 4 days after taking 10000 iu a day of
vitamin D3.
Im off all drugs now, and its been 7 months, I feel great!
I too was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis for 7 years, then they said I have crohns.

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   Posted 3/11/2010 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the same problem about a year ago. 30mg of prednisone was just not enough. I ended up in hospital on IV steroids, and that was the only way the bleeding got under control. I would ask your GI about what you should do. Perhaps increasing the prednisone would be a start (even though it is a double edged sword). The ER doctor (the GI on duty) told me that it was essential to get the bleeding under control.

As for the enemas, I used them and other topical things, and now have a stock of 5 ASA suppositories to use when I get any bleeding. If you have CD in your rectal area it is often a good idea to add something topical. Obviously all roads lead to Rome, in other words there is nothing to do to protect that area!!

Good luck, and tell your doctors that the bleeding is still there.
45 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March last year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Nexium, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.

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