how much blood is too much?

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bokscarracer
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   Posted 11/4/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
so i tried the cortifoam last night and had blood in my poop this morning and additional free blood to go with it. usually i use rowasa at night and have just a bit of blood the next morning. my question is how much blood should send one to the hospital? does it just usually look worse than it is because it's coming out the butt? i wish we could post pics on here but i'm sure nobody want to see my bloody poo! this really sucks. confused

jasperthedog
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   Posted 11/4/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
If you are feeling weak, or extremely tired you might need to go to the ER or at least call your GI and let them know. You could be anemic. I'm in the same boat with you though...I'm sick of seeing blood!!! I hope you feel better soon!
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bokscarracer
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   Posted 11/4/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
jasper -- how often do you have blood and how much?

Red_34
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   Posted 11/4/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Going to the ER can be tricky because some of the docs there don't know how to properly treat someone with IBD. Usually if you go, all they do is check your bloodwork and if you need it, they will put you on IV steroids and/or give you a blood transfusion if your CBC is low - maybe give you potassium or pain medication. If you can avoid it, try to stay out of the ER. Usually if you are severe enough, you will know it. Personally I have never gone to the ER for my flares and I'm sure there were a couple of times that I should've gone but didn't. Bleeding is always disconcerting and yes it should be taken seriously but keep in mind that even a few drops will seem like a lot in the bowl because the blood spreads over the water. If you start to feel weak, dizzy, short of breath, headaches, aches - then you should contact your GI pronto OR then go to the ER since that is a sure sign of anemia.

At my worse, I was going to the bathroom 25+ times a day just to expel mucous and blood. I became anemic and was put on iron supplements. But my typical flares usually don't cause anemia but I have always had some bleeding to some extent. If you are ever in doubt about your disease, call your GI even if it's for reassurance.
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jasperthedog
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   Posted 11/4/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I have blood everytime I go to the bathroom... sometimes it is just blood. It sometimes looks like someone has been killed, but I know that it probably looks like a lot more than it really is. Call your GI to ask them about what they want you to do. They may have to go and have some basic blood work to check your levels. Feel better soon!
CARA  31 years  (female)
Medications:
Humira
Lialda 2 pills a day
Prilosec OTC
Vicodin/Tramadol as needed
Phenergran/Zofran as needed
Cortifoam
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quincy
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   Posted 11/4/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
definitely call the doctor to get in with him/her rather than going to the ER...it doesn't sound as though you need the ER to me...but I totally understand the concerns about it.

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
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~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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jasperthedog
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   Posted 11/4/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
That's true...at the ER they just call your GI and ask them what they want them to do!
CARA  31 years  (female)
Medications:
Humira
Lialda 2 pills a day
Prilosec OTC
Vicodin/Tramadol as needed
Phenergran/Zofran as needed
Cortifoam
Viactiv Calcium Chews
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bokscarracer
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   Posted 11/4/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks a lot everybody, that really helps! i know worrying about it and thinking about whether there's going to be blood in the next poop probably only makes things worse. i swear whenever i feel myself getting anxious my colon will start rumbling. jasper -- hope the toilet homicides stop soon and you feel better!

jasperthedog
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   Posted 11/4/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Ha Ha! Thanks... you too!!
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Lialda 2 pills a day
Prilosec OTC
Vicodin/Tramadol as needed
Phenergran/Zofran as needed
Cortifoam
Viactiv Calcium Chews
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jasperthedog
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   Posted 11/4/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
My Dr just called in Canasa suppositories in for me. I have never used them, but I'm sure some people on here have. Hopefully they will work with the bleeding... maybe you could ask you Dr about them?
CARA  31 years  (female)
Medications:
Humira
Lialda 2 pills a day
Prilosec OTC
Vicodin/Tramadol as needed
Phenergran/Zofran as needed
Cortifoam
Viactiv Calcium Chews
Digestive Advantage


Y2K Bug
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   Posted 11/5/2008 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Life is a sine wave!

A couple of days ago i was passing what i thought was way too much blood and feeling pretty awful (crappy!). But it seems that the symptoms get worse and then get better much like a sine wave - even if nothing much has changed! I often have a really bad day followed by a relatively good day so worrying about going into ER needs to be put into the context of how the disease hits you.

Red_34 thanks for your pointers, they seem like some tangible and practical indicators of when things are getting too bad.
Peter
 
49yo single dad 
dx 1985
mesalazine 1.5g, prednisolone 15mg
tried infliximab (remicade), humira, salofalk (5-asa enema), entocort, Azathioprine, steroid emenas, abadacept


madabs
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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
"Life is a sine wave"
You should put that on a t-shirt.

Boks: I had blood for so long I became totally blase about it and hardly noticed it anymore. Though sometimes I thought I must be losing enough blood to feed a vampire, the loss never made me seriously ill, but it did make me very tired. I was very good about eating enough food and drinking plenty of water which I think helped replenish what I lost rather quickly. I hope yours resolves soon.
UC diagnosed 10/05, first symptoms 1983
asacol 12/daily and rowasa as needed 
Trying out Culturelle Probiotic
past rx: colozal, lialda, canasa
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Christine1946
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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
     I went to the ER twice with the UC.  First time in 98.  Symptoms:  everything I ate just passed right through me, bleeding, loss of 20 lbs in a month, severe cramping, 102 degree fever.  They admitted me and I was hospitalized for eight days.  That is when I was diagnosed with UC.  In the past ten years I have experienced remissions and flares.  Last time I went to the ER with the UC, last May, it wasn't as much problem with the UC as it was uncontrolled blood pressure due to the prednisone.  My blood pressure med just wasn't doing the trick.  However, I was bleeding quite a bit with urgency and loss of 15 lbs in a month, but the blood pressure was 216/110.  That is scary.  They kept me in the hospital ten days in May.  Hopefully, I am now in remission.  Sure took long enough, don't ya think?  Ugh...what a disease.  BUT....could be worse.
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Gigi1227
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   Posted 11/5/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
One drop of blood is too much! When I was at the worst part of my flare I would go to the restroom 10 to 20 times a day and passed nothing but blood, mucus and D. Now that my flare has settled down I still see Old blood ocassionally. Most of my movements are soft to firm now, but still have 5+ movements a day. I still have achy joints, lower back and stomach pain, and get fatigued easily so I feel I am still not in remission.

My question is how did we all get so lucky? NOT!

Gigi1227
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Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
 
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kazygirl
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   Posted 11/6/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
i always bleed.  everytime i go practically.
last year i flared for a year and 4 months and bled all the time.
so much blood it looked like a horror movie in the toilet.
i just ignored it.
 
got aenemic a bunch and had to go get iron infusions at the hospital and they would last up to 6 months.  they should last longer, but i bled a lot.
 
now i bleed every other time i go.
 
steph - 32 - female - gold coast australia - UC since 2000
severe UC in descending colon and sigmoid colon ONLY
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
tumeric capsules - if i remember to take the bloody things.
i still eat what i want, when i want, if i feel like eating at all :(
 
 
 

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