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qwerty1
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   Posted 2/7/2009 5:19 AM (GMT -6)   
If mucous is either dark brown in colour...or simply got dark brown mixed in with it, is it the presence of dark blood or simply the colour of the mucous?!
 
Hope that makes sense!

22 year old female, from the UK
 
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08
Hospitalised Jan '09 for IV Hydrocortisone steroids - had no effect!
Waiting for Colonoscopy as no medication has worked effectively as of yet
 
Currently taking daily: 9 x 400mg Asacol tablets, plus Fybogel fibre supplement and vitamin tablet.


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   Posted 2/7/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
If it's dark brown then more then likely it's stool mixed in with it. Now if it's a dark maroon or a light red, then that is blood mixed in with it. Of course old blood can make the mucous look black.
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qwerty1
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   Posted 2/7/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Thankyou for your reply,
Its sometimes got stool mixed in with it, but alot of the time it seems to be literally just mucous and yer its kind of dark red/maroon/browny colour as opposed to a bright red that I get on other occasions. Hmmm...
22 year old female, from the UK
 
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08
Hospitalised Jan '09 for IV Hydrocortisone steroids - had no effect!
Waiting for Colonoscopy as no medication has worked effectively as of yet
 
Currently taking daily: 9 x 400mg Asacol tablets, plus Fybogel fibre supplement and vitamin tablet.


kops2da
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   Posted 2/7/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   

I just had a sigmoidoscopy and was told that the mucous/red blood/maroon mucous, etc. is "normal" for UC not in remission.  I have all colors also.  Healing will get rid of it I hope.  Good luck!

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 2/7/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
With mucus, if there's blood in it, you'd likely notice it looking like blood.

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quincy
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   Posted 2/7/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Agree with all the above.

You're obviously flaring...and it would be helpful for your doc to get you on rectal meds soon.

You could up the fibre supplement a bit....plus start probiotics.

You could have IBS playing some part in your symptoms...but regardless, you are still flaring.

q
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onebumgut
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   Posted 2/7/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
The mucus that I have usually has no color. Just a yellowish..even when Im in a flare. Sometime with red mixed in.

Thoughts on the yellow?
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qwerty1
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   Posted 2/7/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
quincy said...
Agree with all the above.

You're obviously flaring...and it would be helpful for your doc to get you on rectal meds soon.

You could up the fibre supplement a bit....plus start probiotics.

You could have IBS playing some part in your symptoms...but regardless, you are still flaring.

q

Thankyou for all your replies....very helpful!
 
I have been on rectal meds for the past year but they haven't had the desired effect. After a few days in hospital and not responding to the steroids there, I was sent home and booked in for a colonoscopy as the doctors said I am probably bleeding from elsewhere. And apparently this could be why I'm not responding to the medication. Doesn't make much sense to me seeing as the bleeding is fresh blood usually and seems to be mostly coming from the rectum (proctitis). But anyway...this is why I ask about the mucous I have been having...and whether the doctor is right about me bleeding further up. Im kinda confused!!
22 year old female, from the UK
 
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08
Hospitalised Jan '09 for IV Hydrocortisone steroids - had no effect!
Waiting for Colonoscopy as no medication has worked effectively as of yet
 
Currently taking daily: 9 x 400mg Asacol tablets, plus Fybogel fibre supplement and vitamin tablet.


kops2da
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   Posted 2/7/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   

My only remark is - did you not have a colonoscopy lately?  My doctor would not give me ANYTHING without it.

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Old Hat
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   Posted 2/7/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm wondering why your doc did not do a colonoscopy last year. Also, whether you had barium x-rays of stomach/small intestine, etc.? In the U.S. those are considered to be basic diagnostic tools; reliable gastroenterologists would not usually put a patient on major RX meds like steroids without having those test results in hand 1st. One reason is that you could have Crohn's disease instead of ulcerative colitis, or celiac disease, etc. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

kops2da
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   Posted 2/7/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Old Hat - just realized she is from the UK. Maybe that makes the difference. When I went in with bleeding doctor did blood tests for celiac, etc. and then ordered a colonoscopy right away. Had to wait two weeks - he only gave me Canasa to maybe help the rectal bleeding. I have had three scopes in the last year including an endoscopy to be sure everything was ok in my stomach, etc.

Only now after eliminating many medications that I can't tolerate is the doctor putting me on steroids for short time.

ElaineNY
68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


qwerty1
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   Posted 2/8/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
My guess is as good as yours! I had a rigid sigmoidoscopy to diagnose the proctitis. Then after a year of complaining the meds weren't working and being sent away with more medication each time...the specialist nurse ended up getting involved and was really annoyed that I had not had ANYTHING 'internal' done since the diagnosis (and that even then it was only a rigid sigmoidoscopy). She put me on a course of oral prednisolone and then sent me for a flexi sigmoidoscopy 4 weeks ago which showed a small amount of inflammation further up, but nothing worth worrying about. It was 2 weeks after this that the consultant who originally diagnosed me told me I needed to go into hospital.
 
The doctor at the hospital was also incredibly shocked I had never had a colonoscopy especially having complained of continued bleeding etc for a year. and my GP was also exactly the same and said the whole thing has been dealt with very badly. I have read about/spoken to plenty of people from the UK who seem to have been treated the same as you...diagnosed with a colonoscopy etc etc...
 
So all thats to say I think the way this has been dealt with is not because its way its done here in the UK but because my consultant hasn't dealt with it properly - very frustrating.
 
So you reckon it might not even be Colitis that I have?!
22 year old female, from the UK
 
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08
Hospitalised Jan '09 for IV Hydrocortisone steroids - had no effect!
Waiting for Colonoscopy as no medication has worked effectively as of yet
 
Currently taking daily: 9 x 400mg Asacol tablets, plus Fybogel fibre supplement and vitamin tablet.


kops2da
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   Posted 2/8/2009 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry this has been your experience. Here, if I was sick enough to go the hospital I would probably be scheduled for a colonoscopy next day at least. Nothing would be done except maybe blood is I needed it before the test. Certainly would not be given anything like prednisone. Can you confer with someone else - another opinion seems to be in order.
Good luck! ElaineNY
68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


qwerty1
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   Posted 2/8/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Yes I think a second opinion is in order too. My GP said to wait until I have had the colonoscopy and got the results of that, then depending on what comes from that I should get a second opinion.

However the colonoscopy is not until the 19th Feb, and so I've still got a while to wait, its very frustrating as the GP has signed me off work at least until I have had that done!


22 year old female, from the UK
 
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08
Hospitalised Jan '09 for IV Hydrocortisone steroids - had no effect!
Waiting for Colonoscopy as no medication has worked effectively as of yet
 
Currently taking daily: 9 x 400mg Asacol tablets, plus Fybogel fibre supplement and vitamin tablet.


Old Hat
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   Posted 2/9/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Feb. 19 is now 10 days away-- sounds like a long time off when one feels miserable, but you can start to get ready for the prep & soon it will be upon you. I don't think any of us meant to suggest above that you "don't have colitis". What we were trying to say is that the gastroenterologists in the U.S. do a series of tests to rule out other conditions, such as parasitic infections, when patients have prolonged or repeated spells of diarrhea and/or rectal bleeding. You wrote that steroids don't seem to be helping you-- so that has us wondering whether your doctor tested enough to get an accurate diagnosis, or whether you have a more severe degree of UC that requires a different type or combination of meds. Hang in there & let us know how you're doing. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

qwerty1
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   Posted 2/9/2009 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thankyou Old Hat. I guess I just have to hang in there and see...its the pain I'm struggling to deal with some days...sharp shooting pains that make me feel sick! I'm counting down the days to this dreaded colonoscopy!
22 year old female, from the UK
 
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08
Hospitalised Jan '09 for IV Hydrocortisone steroids - had no effect!
Waiting for Colonoscopy as no medication has worked effectively as of yet
 
Currently taking daily: 9 x 400mg Asacol tablets, plus Fybogel fibre supplement and vitamin tablet.

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