Very strange stool today

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   Posted 4/25/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, I've been doing quite well lately. My GI is doing an experiment with me and so far it seems to be working.

I've only ever been able to go for a couple of months without blood on my stool. There's never very much, just some streaking. My stools have always been well formed and I have 2 bm's most days...sometimes 3.

Since my UC is extends only about 20cm (8 in.) up, he has me doing salofalk enemas every night for 2 months, then he wants me to taper to 2 nights on 1 night off for another month. Then I go see him to see where I stand. He also want to take me off asacol completely. I told him I wasn't sure about going off the asacol...we'll see. I've tapered down to 4 asacol most days.

I've been doing the enemas every night since the last time I saw him, which was march 6. I've been blood free (except for the odd speck) for almost a month now.

Today I had a normal bm this morning, but this afternoon it looked really strange. I keep a flashlight on the back of each toilet in the house so I can inspect my poo. It had really dark, blueberry colour in it so I thought I would inspect it further. I also keep disposable gloves for poo fishing occasions.

Most of the stool was very fiberous and the dark areas were mostly in the middle. When I picked up the poo, the fibre part floated away and I was left with gelatinous dark blue stuff in my hands. It wasn't like the usual mucous I used to get (which I haven't had in many many months). It was more like jello, or consommé.

Now, let me just say that my period just started today for the first time in 3 months (perimeno) and I do eat a mix of berries every morning with my cereal (blueberries, blackberries included).

I've seen the dark globs in there before, but never fished around in there like I did today. I assume it too was probably gelatin like. I had a gastroscopy done in Dec and there was nothing showing in my stomach.

I've been feeling fine. Is this something I should be worried about, or could the berries mixed with the fibre in my cereal cause this weird dark blue gelatinous poo?

Sorry for the long post, but poo stories are that way sometimes... :)
48 year old female
Dx'd with proctosigmoiditis July/06
Asacol 9/day
Salofalk enemas 4(g) at bedtime
Vit B complex/folic acid
fish oil (pharmaceutical grade)

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   Posted 4/25/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I would tend to believe that the coloring is from the blueberries. And if you are still doing fairly good, then I would just keep an eye on any future "developments".

I do have to say though, that I find you VERY brave for doing a poo fishing expedition! :)
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   Posted 4/26/2008 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
sounds as though it's what's called soluble fibre which is found in berries as well as your cereal and pectin which is found in berries which gellifies (lol) liquids.

What do you eat during the day?

I think you should stay on the asacol....and it seems a good test regarding the Salofalk.

It's possible that your period hormones has quickened the peristalsis somewhat not allowing the stool to form more solidly.

I don't think I'd ever do a poo inspection except to check with a flashlight if something seems "weird"'re one brave lady.
I had a friend once ask me why I kept a flashlight in the bathroom....I told her it was so that I could grab it quickly if I ever needed it..whew!

Keep us enlighted as to what else you happen to find..;-)

Hope you're doing well otherwise!
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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   Posted 4/26/2008 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Definitely the blueberries... I get similar poo after having blueberry pie.
Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosed May 2004
Sulfasalazine 500MG 4 times per day
Prednisone 5MG 3 per day for next 10 days
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid

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