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luglug
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   Posted 12/12/2007 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
The quantity is not major. But, is this normal for me to still have some bloody stools while on my medicine? The amount and the frequency are not NEAR what it was before I got Dx and put on Asacol, but I have had 2 BMs with blood already today and it just brought up some questions in my mind. I don't have pain.

What happens during times of remission and flares is not really clear to me as I'm new to this, sorry if this is a silly question.

advTHANKSance
Dx with Crohns Nov 07'
Taking 12x 400mg Asacol

Post Edited (luglug) : 12/12/2007 11:10:11 AM (GMT-7)


luglug
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   Posted 12/12/2007 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
bump

Is my medicine not working? Should I ask my doctor about another medicine?
Dx with Crohns Nov 07'
Taking 12x 400mg Asacol


dragonfly137927
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   Posted 12/12/2007 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I would monitor how often you have blood in your BM, as well as the color of the blood in thestool. I would definitly call your doc and let them know this way if something is brewing they can catch it before it becomes worse. Make sure to keep a food diary and mark times you eat, when you have a bm if there is blood in that bm, consistancy of the stool. This information will also help our GI. I am unsure how long you have been on Asacol. I was on azulfadine from 1987-2001 or 2002. Then I was placed on Asacol so when I started taking that med I had read that it is normal to see part of the asacol pills in your stool for a few weeks. I had moved from RI and moved to CA so I made sure to set up a GI appt out there before I even moved out there. I was doing ok on asacol for a while but I had a flare while out there and began seeing pill portions in my stool. I informed the GI of this and he immediately changed me to pentasa since the length of time I had been on the asacol was over a year or 2.

I would ask if maybe there is a different medicine but like I said keep a notebook of foods you are eating when you eat and bmtimes, consistancy and blood. Also note the color of the blood approximate amount...are you seeing more on the TP than in the bowl? is the blood bright red or more like black tar or coffee grounds. By giving your GI this information this may help the doc determine if there is a diff med you should try or it may help to determine what medical test may be the best to use in your situation
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 


luglug
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   Posted 12/13/2007 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply Dragonfly.

I like the suggestion of having a food diary and plan to do that now. I've been on Asacol for 1 month. I have never noticed parts of the pills in my stool. The blood has always been red, but then I wonder, if it was black (or dark) any times would I be able to tell the difference in the blood and the stool? And I see the blood in the bowl. I have a GI appointment next Friday and will mention these things to him. Thanks for taking the time to reply.
Dx with Crohns Nov 07'
Taking 12x 400mg Asacol

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