Bleeding after colonoscopy

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   Posted 1/14/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had bleeding after their scope?  I got mine done early this afternoon and have had consistent bleeding and clots since..not to mention pain. 
I wasn't too cleaned out during my scope, but I know they found hemroids and are now thinking I have IBS.
This is slightly odd considering I went to the ER last week for severe pain and they said I didn't have any internal hemroids.  Also, I never strain or have itchiness!  It's just constant rectal pain, very severe at times, and now more mucus and blood.
I also was not bleeding before I went in.  Any thoughts?

Female - 21
Diagnosed 9/1/08

mild uc
Meds:  Rowasa 4g
Asacol 400 mg two 3 times/day
Hyoscyamine .125mg as needed
Percocet/ Vicodin as needed


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   Posted 1/15/2009 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
You should let your GI know.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06
Currently in remission

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   Posted 1/15/2009 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a flare right after my last coloscopy. Was fine before, then it started right afterwards. Can a colonoscopy officially cause a flare? I don't know, but it seemed to for me. Call your dr.
33 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
1600 mg Asacol a day
Pre-Natal Vitamins
On and off Prednisone, 40 mg then taper

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   Posted 1/15/2009 4:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Definitely call the doc to inform him you're not doing so well after the c-scope.
It's normal to have bleeding if the doc took biopsies...can be up to 4 days (if you weren't bleeding before at all.

The clean-out can contribute to some inflammation as can a c-scope if you're nearing a flare anyway.

Please let us know what the doc says.

I see Rowasa in your sig..but crossed out. Can you not use them?

*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 twice daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite/ Jan 13
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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   Posted 1/15/2009 5:26 AM (GMT -6)   
You can get some bleeding after a scope as they will have taken biopsies but it shouldn't go on for more than a day. If you are passing clots, you should contact your doc straight away.

Victoria x


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   Posted 1/15/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I get a LOT (as in dozens or more) of biopsies now each time and so there is a fair amount of bleeding for a few days, decreasing each day. Last time I flared up pretty bad after my scope as result of all the biopsy violence down there. I had to up my meds- basically pred- to compensate, unfortunately- it sucked. This flare-after-scope thing is yet another reason I am close to the end of my tether on this stupid tube. But I suspect if I was in a full remission this wouldn't happen. In any case, normally biopsy-related bleeding should subside within a few days. Best of luck.

Pancolitis ~20 years, once had a full med-free 10 year remission,
but flaring/simmering on and off for years, allergic to all 5ASAs
15ish mg pred, 100 mg Imuran TCM
Probiotics (PD, Cust.Probiot., Culturelle, VSL3, etc), DMSO, TSO, hookworm
Turmeric/circumin, boswellia, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD), Remicade newbie

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   Posted 1/15/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Scopes are pretty irritating to your gut but any bleeding should subside pretty quickly. Are you sure it was roids, and not polyps that they found? They might have removed some polyps, that's pretty common and might cause a little bleeding, but not a lot and again it should subside, not get worse.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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   Posted 1/15/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Before my last scope, I had hardly any bleeding. They took a bunch of biopsies and then after I woke up from the anesthesia, I went to the bathroom (I always go in there to hide and let out some of the air they pump you full of, I hate sitting around farting in front of a room of people... especially since some of them I work with on a daily basis!) Anyway, I sat down, let out some air and what I thought might be a liquid BM, looked down and it was just blood, LOTS of it. So naturally I freaked out and asked the nurse if maybe something was wrong, because on the post-op notes it always says contact your doctor if you have any bleeding. But they said since I already have a condition that would cause bleeding, I would naturally have more blood afterwards than the average person, and that it should be fine. The bleeding persisted heavily the rest of the day, and a bit the next day, with a fair amount of back pain as well.

It did end up stopping eventually, but my flare got substantially worse since then and I think part of it is because of the scope clean out (I had to do the Fleet one) and the aggravation of the scope itself.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg


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