Weird... next day Blood after stay up and sex

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   Posted 3/23/2009 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, it is nice to find so many warm-hearted people here.
I was diagnosed proctitis UC last Oct. and my major problem is bleeding...
After I was put on Canasa 1/day, it works fine. Normally, I have a little
blood 1 or 2 days during a week. I hope I am recovering...
Now, I found that stay up and sex may worsen my bleeding. Last Friday,
my wife and I had a great sex and we talked a lot while lying on bed.
I went to sleep at around 2:30AM. Normally I went to sleep at around 11PM.
Then I found much more bright red blood when I went to bathroom the next day.
This is weird... Do you think stay up and sex make your symptom worsen?
I am trying to figure out the exact thing that may worsen my blood and will visit
my GI next Tuesday.
Any input is appreciated.
Since I am not a native, please ignore my grammar mistakes. :)

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 3/23/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Not getting enough sleep can lead to your body not having sufficient time to rest and recover, and may cause an increase in symptoms; however this could also have just been a one-off occurrence for you.

So, before arriving at any conclusions, you could test your theory a few times. If it then seems like there is a link then cut down on the pillow talk. I'm sure your wife will understand....ahem.

Seriously though, I doubt there is a link, but you should still try to get that bleeding under control.

What other meds are you on?. Since canasa seems to be helping you, have you considered doing canasa twice a day, especially after a bad day?
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine, 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 x 3 times a day, Metamucil wafers
Vitamin E enema or Mesacol/Asacol enema at least once a week
Spinach & sunflower seed diet

Post Edited (Rio in Maryland) : 3/23/2009 10:10:28 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/23/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I know that sleep plays a major role in how my guts behave. Lose a couple of hours and I'll pay for it - maybe just with extra bms.

I haven't noticed major differences after sex - maybe some additional cramping, but that could be because female parts are so close to the colon.

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   Posted 3/23/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Sex is literally a pain in the butt

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   Posted 3/24/2009 6:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Big Panda - Yes, I have also found that staying up late causes my UC to worsen.  And I have also noticed that having sex can sometimes lead to a worsening of my symptoms the next day.  Very annoying.
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Azathioprine 150mg
Colazide x6
Actonel 35mg, EPA Fish Oils
Predfoam Enema - Had to stop as not allowed during trial
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   Posted 3/24/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I have definitely noticed that late nights have an impact on my symptoms. If I am tired, my mornings are terrible - I could be in the bathroom every hour. As for the sex, the only issue I have is cramping once in a while right afterwards - but I agree with dakotagirl in that its probably due to the organs' close proximity in a female's body.
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg, increased in March to 7.5mg/kg (started Aug 2008 - 6 infusions so far, next infusion on 4/30 continuing every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (currently taking one daily, will increase to two soon)
Diet: Spinach and Sunflower seed butter diet (starting 3/22/09)
Current Status: Reached remission for a few weeks in October 2008, but symptoms returned after I allowed myself to enjoy wine again.... gave up wine and have not been in full remission again yet. 

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   Posted 3/24/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I've noticed that too, having more blood when I'm flaring after either staying up or having sex.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 3/24/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I take back what I initially thought. So, apparently for some people having sex can aggravate their symptoms.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine, 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 x 3 times a day, Metamucil wafers
Vitamin E enema or Mesacol/Asacol enema at least once a week
Spinach & sunflower seed diet

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 3/24/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Observe what happens in the area of your proctitis when you as a male have sex particularly upon orgasim. I would posit this is a mechanical exacerbation of your proctitis which causes the bleeding. I would not be very this should be temporary and not a causal factor in the degree of inflammation in this area. A good nights sleep is always beneficial and so is a loving relationship with your partner.

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   Posted 3/24/2009 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I do notice the cramping with sex. Sometimes during (very mild), after and sometimes the next morning. I don't ever notice an increase in symtoms when I don't get much sleep though. Maybe it's because I can't remember what it feels like to get a good nights sleep anymore. I haven't gotten more than 4 or 5 hours straight sleep since I became a mom!
31 year old female diagnosed with UC (entire colon) Feb 2008
(4) 400mg Asacol 3x a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 8 weeks
Omega 3 supp, calcium supp

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   Posted 3/24/2009 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't had bleeding for over a year now (yay!), but until I read this post, I never made the connection between not enough sleep and/or sex and an increase in frequency until it occurred to me that yesterday, after a really bad night of trying to sleep, I did have a 100% increase in having to go.... Will have to make a mental note for future reference...

Thanks for that, these are things that if you bring up with your Gastro, Colo, or GP, they just look at you like you're from another planet ! :)
Officially diagnosed Jan 2005 with UC & anthropathy arthritis, RV Fistula April 2005
Misdiagnosed for over 20 years re the above!
4 DVTs and 1 PE (blood clots) Nov 2007 (caused by flare ups) 
Oesteopenia in right hip and spine (caused by pred)
Present meds: 6 x 750mg Colazide, 50mg 6MP, off warfarin but on stage 3 clinical drug trial Rivaroxaban
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   Posted 3/25/2009 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Same with me, now that I think about it.  Shortened sleep or at least a majorly interrupted sleep causes weird feelings in my colon - sometimes a distended, bloating feeling.  I'll be sure to increase the sex thing...just to see if it makes any differences (who am I to argue with this experiment?).

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diagnosed 1990
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