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at wit's end
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   Posted 8/21/2008 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
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. 


LondonRed
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   Posted 8/21/2008 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
UC blood is usually shows up as red and is clearly visible I thought.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: 2 Patches of Mild Chrohn's Colitis
Medication: 4000mg Pentasa a day, 5mg Clipper Steroid (Beclometasone dipropionate)


princesa
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   Posted 8/21/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
These types of tests aren't as accurate as the old-fashioned smear tests.

Whether or not the blood is visible or hidden depends largely on where the bleeding is located. If it's farther up the GI tract, it's less detectable than if it's lower down, near the end of the colon. I imagine any presence of blood, be it intestinal bleeding or hemorrhoids would give a positive result.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


at wit's end
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   Posted 8/21/2008 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I really need to get a grip. This is not helping my nerves any. I have been noticing some blood on the toilet tissue at times when passing gas, over the past couple of days, but really have not noticed any actually on the stool. Since Sunday I have had numerous bm's every day, 5 times Sunday, 3 times Monday and Tuesday, I think twice Wednesday, and just once so far today. Maybe I have torn myself down there from going so much.
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. 


quincy
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   Posted 8/21/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Of course, that's always a possibility...but when it's mixed with mucus or gas, it's probably the flare.

Don't torture yourself to micomanage...really.
You are improving.

Do, however, consider to add a fibre supplement...are you taking one?

You could consider to increase to the enemas.

quincy
*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
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~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!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


at wit's end
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   Posted 8/21/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I sure wish I had enemas. To me they seemed to help better. But my doctor told me years ago when I had the last flare that they could not write a prescription for enemas anymore. I don't know why. Should I back off of these suppositories from every night to back to every other? He told me last time I had a flare to use them every day for 3 months and then change back to every other day after that. I feel slightly crampy also at times, not all the time though. I'm tired of reading that these symptoms are symptoms of colon cancer when they are symptoms of many other things also, like my UC. 
 
I need to get back on the anxiety part of this forum also, if I ever needed to I do now. I have laid off of the fiber supplements for about a week now thinking it would make things worse. I have literally gotten where I cannot even tolerate the weird gas feelings I have. Really annoying.  


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. 

Post Edited (at wit's end) : 8/21/2008 5:27:29 PM (GMT-6)


quincy
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   Posted 8/21/2008 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow...I can't believe the doc regarding the enemas...can you get back in to see him and request a prescription to try them again..at least to find out the exact reason why.

Or...go to another doc.

You can use the suppositories twice a day..maybe try that to see if your symptoms improve.

I can relate to the gas from fibre supplements.

Hope you get a break soon.
q
*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
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~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!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


at wit's end
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   Posted 8/21/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
He told me that you cannot get them anymore but I've read of others on here using them. Maybe here in the States they are not available anymore. Is anyone on here in the States and using enemas. I do not know where half the people are from on here.I just had a bm and noticed some lighter red blood on the toilet tissue so obviously that means it is probably in the lower area of the colon and rectum.
 
I just drank a teaspoon of metamucil in water. I noticed on the bottle, it said if you were having abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or other digestive tract issues to ask your doctor before consuming Metamucil. I can tell most of the problem is in my lower left area of my side and the rectal area.
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. 


ediekristen
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Total Posts : 1366
   Posted 8/21/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
wits, I live in Florida and my doctor just prescribed me Rowasa enemas. The pharmacy had to order them for me and it took a day to get them, but you certainly can. I didn't like the suppositories either, they made me really bloated and gassy. I did my first enema last night and while, sure, it's not that fun, but I didn't seem to have increased problems today.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) diagnosed at age 15; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use. 

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg
Trying out Lialda, 2 pills/day

 
 


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30704
   Posted 8/22/2008 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Uh....yes, they're still available....there would be a butt revolution if they were discontinued.

Go back to the doctor.
*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
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~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!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


at wit's end
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   Posted 8/22/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
My rear is so sore after each bm. I am hoping this will pass. I go back on the 4th of September for a checkup. I am going to get them to do a rectal exam. It is very uncomfortable sitting on my backside. It gets really sore after a bm, that is probably because I've had at least 3 a day since Sunday, and I am going to ask him why I cannot get the enemas anymore? That there are other people able to get them here. They just have to be ordered by the drugstore.
 
I am wondering if most people's bm's that they have multiple times a day are solid or diarrhea? Something is bloating me up and making me gassy and the only things I am taking are the Asacol and the suppositories.
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. 


princesa
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Total Posts : 2204
   Posted 8/22/2008 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
There must have been some misunderstanding. Both ASA and steroid enemas are widely available.

You might try FissureHeal for your post-BM discomfort.

http://www.holistichealthshoppe.com/index.php#16


Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30704
   Posted 8/23/2008 3:32 AM (GMT -6)   
5-ASA
*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
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~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!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


at wit's end
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   Posted 8/23/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
princesa said...
There must have been some misunderstanding. Both ASA and steroid enemas are widely available.

You might try FissureHeal for your post-BM discomfort.

http://www.holistichealthshoppe.com/index.php#16

Princesa, that is what I am wondering if I have, either an anal fissure or hemorrhoids or unfortunately an abscess. I have a tender knot just above my anal area. I've had that before. But I am having burning also and throbbing at times after a bm. I ordered those, they are expensive and so is the shipping but I will try them. Thanks.
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. 


mmccaus
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 20
   Posted 8/23/2008 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Definitely sounds like you have hemorrhoids and/or fissure. I currently do, too, and I can certainly relate to how painful it can be. I'm finding sitz baths very helpful. Basically just run some warm water in the tub and soak your butt in it for about 15-20 minutes. You can sit with just the target area submerged or go ahead and get the full therapeutic relaxation of a full bath (that's what I do :-)!!!) I also found a product called Nupercainal (Dibucaine) in the pharmacy aisle at the grocery store right next to the Prep H, and it's been a lifesaver - it's an anesthetic ointment that really does deaden the pain for a good amt. of time. Makes the next BM less painful too. Hang in there.
M, 44, SF, CA
ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in 1989, active 3 years, but controlled with Sulfasalazine and cortisone enemas
15 year remission off all meds 1992-2007
ulcerative colitis returned May 2007, no remission since
concurrent infections at diagnosis: c-diff, cmv colitis, both treated and negative
meds: asacol, 4-3x/day
started remicade 4/22/08


at wit's end
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   Posted 8/25/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
mmccaus said...
Definitely sounds like you have hemorrhoids and/or fissure. I currently do, too, and I can certainly relate to how painful it can be. I'm finding sitz baths very helpful. Basically just run some warm water in the tub and soak your butt in it for about 15-20 minutes. You can sit with just the target area submerged or go ahead and get the full therapeutic relaxation of a full bath (that's what I do :-) !!!) I also found a product called Nupercainal (Dibucaine) in the pharmacy aisle at the grocery store right next to the Prep H, and it's been a lifesaver - it's an anesthetic ointment that really does deaden the pain for a good amt. of time. Makes the next BM less painful too. Hang in there.

mmcaus, I will look for that. I am thinking our local drugstore here will have that. I am having to sit on a pillow with an opening at the back so that area is not in contact with any surface. As long as I am not sitting directly on that spot it eases up. And is not bad when standing. But it has bothered me since I went to the bathroom this morning and feels like something is sticking me in my rear. I've had this before and it went away but as long as I keep going to the bathroom multiple times every morning like I have since Sunday a week ago it will never clear up. I need to get back to going just once every other day.  
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. 


jars05
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 297
   Posted 8/25/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
lol @ butt revolution...really the enemas always help me.
Age: 30
Sex: Yes please!
Location: Missouri
Diagnosed with UC in 1997.
Medications: 100 mg Azathioprine a day, tapering 30mg Prednisone, 2 Lialda, Mesa rectal meds
Supplements: calcium, and multivitamin
No. of colonoscopies: 5
Last scope: 6/7/08-everything looked ok.
 
 

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