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   Posted 7/21/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I have Crohn's in my terminal ileum, and IBS. In the past I have been anemic, and ulcers have been found in my small intestine. In those cases, I couldn't see the blood...I just knew something was wrong when I became anemic. Lately, I have had three different episodes of bright red blood that fills up the toilet bowel when I have bowel movements. It happens with every bowel movement for around two days, and then goes away, and comes back again in a week or so. I have no pain and don't seem to have any hemmorhoids, unless they are higher up. Can I wait for my next GI appt on Aug. 3, or do I need to call the doc sooner? I'm guessing that I have an internal hemmy or fissure higher up in my colon. Any advice?
50 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation

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   Posted 7/21/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think that sounds like anything to worry about. It doesn't take a lot of blood to make the water in the toilet turn red depending on where it's coming from, and it sounds like your guess is right. I've had the same thing happen, I'll bleed for a day or two, then nothing for a week, then it'll come back, and I have never had any complications because of it. Good luck!
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