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   Posted 7/3/2010 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been having a pretty heavy amount of both bright red and black blood in my stool, especially this weekend. I just had a Remicade infusion on Thursday, and my GI is a jerk, so even though this has been going on for awhile, I haven't been all that eager to call. It's gotten quite a bit worse this weekend, and I'm a little bit worried. Should I suck it up and call his answering service, knowing he's going to blow it off like he always does, or wait and get an appointment with my internist next week?
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2008 at the age of 22. Also dealing with gastroparesis & GERD.
Currently on: Remicade, Imuran, Pentasa, Tramadol, Welchol, Phenergan, Ambien, Reglan, Prilosec, Hyoscyamine

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   Posted 7/3/2010 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
If you feel more comfortable speaking with your internist you could always call his/her answering service instead of the GI's since he's a jerk. That way they can tell you what you need to do or if they feel you need to be seen at the ER. I wouldn't wait. Are you in any pain? I know with my insurance they have a hotline that RN's answer 24/7. Does your have that you could always call them and see what they recommend. As it is a long weekend your best bet would be to suck it up and call your GI or your PC and have them get back to you. I know here in MA lots of offices are closed on Monday because of the holiday being on Sunday. So I wouldn't wait until Tuesday just call now!! Best of luck and keep us posted.
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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 7/3/2010 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
onedaymore: Hi, gosh, you must not be feeling very well! My suggestion: call the GI (its a holiday w/e in the U.S) so chances are you will get a partner whom you might like better than the doc you are seeing. The on call doc should be able to give you some appropriate guidance because you will get into trouble here pretty quickly. The dark brown is bleeding higher up that is being discolored in the small bowel, the brighter red is bleeding in the large bowel and is not affected by digestive enzymes - could be anywhere from high in lg bowel to rectal. This is a significant event and if the on call dude doesn't answer, call your on call interest asap! Keep track of who you speak to and when. And as an aside, if you are not happy with your GI dude, keep shopping and find one that you can develop a good working relationship with. And please -keep us posted, take care and get well quick! Barb

Symptoms since Jan 2009, Dx UC vs crohns May 2010 but probably small bowel dx, biopsies all "normal"

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   Posted 7/3/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you should contact the on call doc. Dark blook is blood that comes from higher up in your system and really think your doc should be made aware of this. Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 7/3/2010 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
You have internal bleeding and should contact your GI ASAP.
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