Hi! I was just wandering if someone had the same situation. My UC doesn't really bother me a lot. I have 1-2 times BM pretty formed everyday. No pain or anything...However, every time I go to the bathroom I have blood and mucus for a year now. It never stops! My GI says that I have to start Pred., but I'm scarred that even if it help, symptoms will be back as soon as I stop. Not my choice! Does anybody know any other ways how to stop the bleeding? I just don't want to go farther on the drugs...
spluxa - I had continuous bleeding for about a year until I went to prednisone. However, I tried and failed at all mesalamines, steroid enemas, etc. before going to prednisone. After a year of trying I finally gave in to prednisone since either I was allergic to meds or they weren't working. Don't give up yet! Try everything first - and give it time. If you see even a little improvement that is going in the right direction.
I have tapered to 20mg. prednisone now for two weeks and started 6MP about 8 days ago. Today bleeding returned after being gone for a month so nothing is certain. Mine is also confined to small rectal area. I see doc next week. Hoping he will add a steroid suppository as those work best for me to administer. I do want to get off prednisone someday but if I can't - that is the way it will be - one day at a time.
me too, constant bleeder here... same as you, TestFlyer- initially pass blood & mucous a couple times, then it's soft formed stools, then I'm pretty much done. Sometimes thruout the day I pass mucous a few times, but no blood. My GI knows about it...he didn't suggest pred, probably because my last pred course was less than helpful. I don't know how to stop it. I suppose enemas, they haven't stopped it for me, but I don't use them regularly. It's just become part of my "normal" daily bathroom habits. I expect surgery will be sometime in my future, so I'm no too concerned with it. Either it'll stop, or it'll get much much worse & I'll go for surgery. Either way, I'm alright for now.
OK - red - why do you say that is why you are on 6-MP (bleeding/anemic?) Just didn't quite understand. You also take Colazal, right?
My NP told me that most likely the "thick" blood is blood mixed with mucous from the rectal area ulcer. I have that too and rarely red, thin blood (sometimes on TP). She says very "normal" with proctitis. I have that first BM in mornings usually - comes out first so in bottom of toilet. No blood after that!
Wishful - are you still on prednisone? Don't you just hate it when things seem to be going pretty good and OOooppsss!
I am on prednisone 20 mg. now third week and bleeding returned yesterday after 4 weeks without any and feeling pretty good. I am to see the GI doc next Monday. I was hoping yesterday was a one time but blood on stool again today - formed, etc. but mucous w/blood - darn! Just takne the 6MP for 10 days so, of course, no help there - seems like yours should "kick in" soon.