Wondering if anyone has tried the above over the counter stool test for hidden blood? I did one back the end of July and it showed no hidden blood. I purchased another one the other day as it has been a month and the first two tests showed negative for hidden blood, however, the one this morning showed a slight blue green color on the plus sign which means hidden blood is present.
This is really easy to use and you have these thin sheets with a plus on them and the first one is used for a water quality test, you flush the toilet and let it fill up and then drop the sheet in the water and leave it for two minutes. With your first bm you drop a sheet in the water and time it for two minutes and whatever color the sheet is means either negative or positive of course. You repeat this with 3 bowel movements in a row, over the period of 3 days and record the results each day.
You time each test two minutes. Then to complete the test you flush the toilet and as it is filling up you open this pouch and pour this powder in the toilet and then drop the 5th test sheet in the toilet. If it turns blue the test kit worked properly according to their directions. I wonder how accurate these are? The test is $10 in the local Walgreens here.
You are supposed to either show or send the results to your doctor. My question is, does colitis if you are having any rectal inflammation or bleeding cause a positive test on a stool test like that? Does UC bleeding show up as hidden blood?
Diagnosed with left sided UC in sigmoid colon and rectum 1986.
Put on Azulfidine 2 X 3 a day and Rowasa enemas 60mg.
Have been pretty much in remission overall other than a few flares over the past 21 years.
Medicine changed to Asacol 400mg 2 pills X3 times a day. Taken off all meds in 2004.
Diagnosed with acid reflux 2005. Put on Protonix 40mg.
Have been using Canasa 1000mg suppositories nightly since January 2007.
Was put back on Asacol 400mg 2 pills 2X a day in July 2007 maintenance.