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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 9/11/2008 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
     Just wondering how many of you suffering with UC still see blood in your stools after a prolonged period of time?  I was hospitalized May 3rd thru the 13th with ulcerative proctitis.  I was a pretty sick pup for two months but am much better now.  I still have days where I have six to eight bowel movements, but some of those days are due to my not watching my diet.  However, I still see blood in my stools.  I had a colonoscopy in the hospital but not an upper GI series and was wondering if this bleeding could be coming from the upper GI tract.  You would think spending ten days in the hospital the GI doctor taking care of me in there would perform an upper GI huh?  Seen my regular GI doc three times since then and he never mentioned doing an upper GI series either.  Think I should insist upon it?  I was off the prednisone for only about a month and had to go back on it last month because I had an abscessed tooth which required me taking Cipro and of course my colon flared up again.  Down to 10 mgm of pred, 6 Colazal, 6MP and Canasa suppositories.  Any input is appreciated.

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 9/11/2008 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   

I had visible blood for over 2 years, every day. 

An upper GI is usually used if the doctor suspects Crohn's.  It's not used for seeing bright red blood as that is an indicator of bleeding in the lower GI tract.


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 9/11/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
An upper GI bleed would make your stool appear black and/or with dark red blood. The brighter the red is, the closer to the rectum it is. I am a bleeder and have been for nearly 16 years. I very rarely have days in which I don't see some sort of bleeding.
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 9/11/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Bleeding puts me into clinical depression. I hate the sight of it.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Patches of Mild Colitis (including Rectum) - Currently Minor Bleeding
Medication: 1000mg Mesalazine Suppository at night.

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