Bloody diarrhea again

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Hedgehogs7
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   Posted 10/4/2017 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, hope your doing well. I haven't been diagnosed with crohns but I could possibly have it I've been told. I got stomach cramps, severe bloody diarrhea about 10months ago. Had colonoscopy and inflammation was present but no sign of crohns from the biopsy. I could of had an infection I was told. My symptoms lasted about 1 week only and suddenly disappeared. Today ive had no cramps or pain but I had a lot of blood in my stools. It was quite a lot. I only had 1 episode and still have no pain. about 2 hrs later I started feeling sore, achy and tired and currently in bed. Apart from that I'm fine. Has anyone else had this? I've been told it could be a tear or infection but I'm not so sure as I had this before. Is it usual to have 1 episode of bloody diarrhea with no pain or cramps? It wasn't exactly watery diarrhea either. Does this sound like crohns? My calprotecin levels were high a couple of months ago and then only 4 weeks later normal again.

straydog
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   Posted 10/4/2017 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hedge, sorry to read you are having issues again. Call your gi & get seen & be sure to ask for a stool test now. I don't remember what the biopsy report stated. When I have bloody diarrhea, no it is never a one time thing.

Take care.
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Hedgehogs7
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   Posted 10/4/2017 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks straydog. I'm doing a stool test this morning to check for inflammation
I suppose this would tell me If its a tear or something such as a crohns flare

Thanks!

straydog
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   Posted 10/5/2017 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
You need the stool test to check for infections or other pathogens. You never mentioned it, but have you been diagnosed with crohns?
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Hedgehogs7
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   Posted 10/5/2017 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh because I only had a stool test for calprotecin. I didn't even think about testing for an infection. The blood has suddenly disappeared now. If it is an infection would it get go on its own as my bloody diarrhea has disappeared. I still have the aches but i do feel a little bit better now. Wen I saw my consultant about 10months ago he said its likely an infection and I don't need anything for it. At the time my calprotecin was 6000 so I had severe inflammation. He only said to come bk if I get sick again. No I haven't been diagnosed with crohns but he said there's a small chance I do have it even though the colonoscopy showed no sign of crohns.

Hedgehogs7
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   Posted 10/5/2017 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I have another appointment with consultant in November as a couple of months ago my calprotecin was 221 and then 4 weeks later it returned to normal at 24. I also have SIBO and not absorbing food properly as that was also low. I've lost 1 stone too so to me it points to crohns

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   Posted 10/5/2017 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I thought you meant you were seeing your gi this morning, not November. With a clean biopsy it points in the direction you do not have crohns. Where was the inflammation located per the biopsy report. Your symptoms & how they occur do not correlate with crohns disease. People with crohns disease do not have a flare that disappears on its own, we take medication & often need extra medication when a flare occurs.

The calprotecin test is not used to diagnose crohns. It is to detect inflammation, also used for folks with IBS, used as marker not for diagnosing. An infection can elevate things too.

You mentioned being diagnosed with SIBO, thats a bacteria overgrowth in the gut, also can cause mal-absorption issues & hence weight loss as a result. Have you been checked for h-pyloria? What kind of treatment did you receive for the SIBO?

You may want to keep a log of when you have issues, what happens & the length of time it takes to feel better. Next, keep a food diary. If you eat something that gives you problems make a note of it. Some people will say there is no blood with IBS, my son's wife had bloody diarrhea & she has IBS really bad. She kept a food diary & it was helpful for the gi to see this. She saw a nutritionist about diet & that was a great help to her.

I do hope the rtool test you are doing today will be checking for infections & such. Take care.
Susie
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Post Edited (straydog) : 10/5/2017 10:58:12 AM (GMT-6)


Hedgehogs7
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   Posted 10/5/2017 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info. Its a great help. The colonoscopy showed abnormality in caecum with inflammation and erytherma at mouth of terminal ileum, biopsy revealed acute terminal ileitis including infectious ileitis or crohns disease so it don't really say much. Consultant said more likely to be infection even though my stool test was negative for that but he said its not very accurate He also said an infection will resolve on its own. I saw my GP who gave me a calprotecin test not for infection. Not sure why he didn't test for that but the bloody diarrhea has resolved now. I brought a home kit for h-pyloria and it was negative. For SIBO ive cut out gluten and dairy as I seem to have a reaction to gluten but I don't think it's celiac disease. The consultant said the same thing that symptoms don't usually just disappear after a week. I wish I done the stool test for infection too I just thought it was unlikely to have it twice. For SIBO I'm also taking NAC sustain, omegavail hi po, probiota, iberogest and oil of oregano but tbh these haven't helped so stopped taking them. My symptoms feel worse than before. I don't have my GI appt until November and my symptoms usually resolve by then so there's no point having tests done and wen I do have symptoms I have to wait months for an appt with him. I really appreciate your advice thank you so much. You have given me great information. I just wish I could help you as you have me xx
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