Blood in stool only AFTER Colonoscopy??

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Peace_Within7
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   Posted 9/4/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
 
My name is Charles and I find it bizarre that I only started to get traces of blood in my stool only AFTER my colonoscopy, and I still get the traces even after several months!
 
Here is my situation: I was suffering from major constipation and IBS for an entire year!  And only after over ONE YEAR LATER, I underwent a colonoscopy test for further investigation.
 
My Doctor did indeed find an inflammation in my bowel area, and he told me it was a form of Irritable Bowel Disease or possibly even a case of Colitis/Crohn's.
 
Then 2 days after my colonoscopy, I saw some traces of blood in my stool FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE!!!
 
I know that the inflammation in my bowel area can cause me to have blood in my stool, BUT WHY DID I START TO GET BLOOD IN MY STOOL ONLY AFTER A YEAR LATER, AFTER THE COLONOSCOPY??
 
I at first thought that the blood in my stool was simply as a result of the biopsy and so I should be back to normal after a few days.  BUT IT'S ALREADY BEEN A FEW MONTHS AND I STILL GET THE TRACES OF BLOOD IN MY STOOL??
 
My doctor says it's normal to find blood in my stool because of the inflammation in my bowel area, BUT WHY DID I ONLY START TO GET THE TRACES OF BLOOD OVER ONE YEAR LATER, ONLY AFTER THE COLONOSCOPY??  Or is it just a MAJOR COINCIDENCE?
 
I am wondering if maybe the colonoscopy "worsened" my condition, or perhaps it was the "preparation" of the colonoscopy: all of those laxatives I had to take!
 
Did anyone experience something similar?  Does anyone have any advice or know of any "natural" treatment to this health problem.  I thank you kindly in advance for any advice or insights : )
 
Best Wishes,
 
Charles

pb4
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   Posted 9/4/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Blood in your bowels is not a form of IBS but it can be from IBD (either CD or UC)...colonoscopies can cause flares for IBD, it's certainly not unheard of.

First you need to get properly DX and if your colonoscopy did show inflammation then that is from an IBD not IBS since IBS doesn't include inflammation as a symptom. It's best to know which IBD you suffer from so you should have more tests done, small bowel follow through to see if there's any inflammation in your small intestines, if so, that would indicate crohn's cuz crohn's can affect any part of the GI tract from mouth to anus, UC is limited to the colon/rectom area only.

Regardless if you have IBD/IBS, fibre supplements are a good choice (they aid with D or C) and probiotics are a must as well, both daily and indefinitely (feeling good or not).

:)
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Peace_Within7
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   Posted 9/5/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very much PB4 for your Great Help! I just want to clarify my IBS/IBD situation. My main family doctor diagnosed me with IBS based of my symptoms of severe constipation, which can also switch to diarrhea from time to time.

Then a year later, I had my colonoscopy for further investigation. The gastroenterologist discovered that I had an inflammation in my bowel area so he “concluded” that it was either a case of IBD or possibly a case of Colitis/Crohn’s.

You said colonoscopies can indeed cause flares for IBD. But what is it exactly about the colonoscopy that causes the flares? What is the missing link? Could it have been the equipment that wasn’t properly sterilized? Or could it have simply been the preparation (laxatives)? I remembered that those laxatives were very hard on my intestines!

Thank you again very kindly PB4 for your Real Good Help!

Best Regards,

Charles

pb4
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   Posted 9/6/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
It's the irritation of the actual scope and/or even the preps can cause enough irritation to bring on a flare for IBD...you know that IBD is either crohn's or colitis correct? The way you worded ""that is was either a case of IBD or possibly a case of crohn's/colitis", makes me ask that you know IBD is either crohn's or ulcerative colitis.

Keep in mind, colonoscopies won't necessarily cause a flare but they can contribute to causing them....still, what can you do, you need to get scoped from time to time right.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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