I've been reading from this site for quite some time and decided to make an account. I was misdiagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis for little over a year now, and after a recent colonoscopy, the GI found that I had Crohn's Colitis instead. I've had a recent flare in early February and I am slowly recovering. Currently, I am on Asacol X12 per day, and I am taking 30mg of Prednisone in the morning to reduce the inflammation. I'm not taking any cort or mesalamine enemas, although I have plenty in stock. On my last round of Prednisone in October for a past flare, rectal bleeding stopped after a day on the drug. However, now the bleeding doesn't seem to stop even on this second round of Prednisone. I've been bleeding for over a month now. It is just small streaks on the stool and scattered bright red blood on the toilet paper. My stool is formed well, urgency is low, and I would have a bowel movement about 1-3 times a day. Morning bm is accompanied with slight pain only to be relieved with bm. Not a whole lot, and I think I may have an internal hemmorrhoid in combination with a bleeding ulcer. I've improved greatly (with formed stools, decreased urgency and pain) since February, but I am worried to be bleeding for so long. From your guys' experience, how long did it take for you guys to stop bleeding (with steroids or enemas) and should I discuss alternative medications/treatments with my GI?
I'm very glad to have found this site! It's great relief to find other people in the same boat. :)