its very difficult to know how much is lost...i understand that.
his one and only colonoscopy showed crohns (altho they first dxed him with UC) in his large bowel. no hemmies. the ulcers were bleeding then. when he began to choke a lot, they did a endoscope and found the stomach was covered in ulcers so they did a P blood test and it was positive for crohns. he also has joint issues now and some vision problems. as far as the last and only tests showed, it was not in his small bowel.
i realize i guess i want answers that cant be had. it could be a fissure, as im pretty sure he doesnt have any hemmies. he seems to be pretty "medicated" against pain so even if he has any, he wouldnt know it. he is either drinking or asleep. i feel he is depressed from retirement...
i guess i wondered if there were any other symptoms that might come with a GI bleed of bigger proportions than what he is doing right now.
since he is seldom sober, i guess im asking for something no one can know. dizziness wouldnt work...he wont go to the dr for any counts or tests unless he is forced thru a ER. his dr (family practice) seems to refill the old rxs .....i guess she figures on something is better than nothing. his gastro said he wouldnt treat him further and no doubt would see him in the ER sometime.
obviously his flares up...any progression we cant or wont know without tests.
i think im just scared something is happening and i dont want to find out the hard way with needing a ambulance for him sometime.
i do know he is back drinking mylanta again so i guess the nexium isnt working well any longer since he takes it so sporadically. these meds seem to lose their helpfulness when not taken regularly.
have you ever seen a stomach with crohns? ouch.
i would guess bleeding from the rectum area wouldnt be life threatening--since its not from higher up----?
appreciate the reply...:)