I am a newbie: .. Is bleeding common or uncommon?

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 2/2/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I was shocked when I was told that I had UC.
After that, I began to accept it and I feel lucky that I finally find healingwell.
Nice to meet you guys...
Since I am travelling outside US, I want some suggestion from my friends.
I found that Canasa 1000 mg 1 per day can stop my rectal bleeding effectively. But when I changed Canasa to Asacol 2 * 3 a day, bleeding begins again....
Is this common or uncommon? I forgot my GI's contact number, should I contact a local doctor soon? I will return US after 10 days...
Diagnosed with UC in whole rectum Oct/2008 by colonscopy
Cause of checking: bleeding everytime went to wash room
Put on Canasa 1000mg 1 per day at bedtime (14 days)
Three days after Canasa, bleeding stopped.
Then Asacol 2*3 daily.
A month later, bleeding began......
15th/Dec/2008     Canasa  1000mg  1 perday at bedtime
bleeding stops after 2 days..
26th/Jan/2008      change Canasa to Asacol   2 * 3 daily

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 2/2/2009 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi welcome,
With UC, you will likely bleed on and off (or just on, always) unless you're in a solid remission. I am almost always bleeding some.
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 2/2/2009 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell. For proctitis (inflammation in the rectum), you should be on a rectal drug for maintainance. The oral drugs don't effectively make it to the rectum, and the drugs we take orally are actually topical drugs that work by direct contact with the colon wall. So if the medication doesn't get to your rectum, it can't help your proctitis much. If the cost of Canasa is a problem for you, generic Mesalamine enemas are available and are more economical.

I would avoid seeing a doctor there unless the bleeding becomes severe or you start having pain or other symptoms. But call your GI as soon as you get home to talk about resuming your rectal drugs. They're (literally) a pain in the butt, but as you've seen they are quite effective for a lot of people.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 2/3/2009 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Bleeding with colon inflammation is fairly common, it's still something you should always let your doc know about though.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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