BLEEDING! PLease help!!!!!

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   Posted 3/31/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, its Angel, need your help. At 3:00 today went to bathroom feeling the need to have BM and it was all fresh blood. it turned the water Crimson red. It has happened 4 more times since then, just now at 7:30. 5 x in 4 1/2 hours, Dr increased my pred from 1 back up to 3 today, like u guys had suggested to start with. Now I am bleeding and don't know why. Has anyone else did this or can you help me. I did a Rowasa enema this morning early because of belly ache. It doesn't bleed all the time it is like it is building up in me, then feels like i need a BM, but it is all blood. PLEASE help, Scared to go to hospital, don't know what to do. Thanks, Angel


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   Posted 3/31/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
     The prednisone will take a few days to "kick in".  If you are feeling poorly, pain and/or fever go directly to the ER dear.  I had nothing but blood coming out of me too when I was in a bad flare.  It is very scary.  What is your dosage of prednisone now?
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/ see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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   Posted 3/31/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
That happens to me, especially if I drink hard alcohol (so I don't anymore, duh).

If you call your doctor now, he/she might say you should go to the ER, and you might need to be prepared to wait for attention there while you continue to pass blood, be given an IV, and still be passing blood but in the hospital toilet instead of at home. Miserable! That's why I always just stick it out, I hate the ER. I also would fight being admitted to the hospital, too, so that's my bias....

We can't tell you what you should do.

Try to call your doctor's answering service now, then trust your instincts to decide what to do. He/she might also tell you when you'll know it's time to go to the hospital.
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; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), trying Curamin. 
Flaring, seasonal? or supplements too harsh? Back on prednisone, tried to taper but now back up to 20-30 after several really bad days. Waiting for insurance decison on Humira...soon... 

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   Posted 3/31/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
We can't help you...only a Doctor can so don't delay if your concerned, go to the hospital It may only get worse.

good luck
Diagnosed U.Proctitis 07

Flare Feb 09 - Diagnosed with Severe Pancolitis
Remicade, 50mg Prednisone, Cortenema PM, 1g 5 ASA suppository AM

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   Posted 3/31/2009 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for caring. it finally stopped around 9:00. so I did not go to hospital. Dr on call called me and told me what to watch for and when I should feel the need to go to hospital. I Am feeling better. My GI is suppose to call first thing in morning. But I agree with you guys, she tapered me down to fast off the pred, because I was having a few days of feeling normal. So this bleeding is normal with UC? Thanks for the help and caring, Angel

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   Posted 4/1/2009 5:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes bleeding is very common in Uc. In fact that is usually one of the first signs for many people that something isn't right. It can be really scary for sure and I think we've all been there.
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   Posted 4/1/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I can relate...I have been the same for about 2 months now and even the pred isnt helping...It is quite normal when you flare and yes pretty scary too...You are not alone
38 year old female
UC - Diagnosed 2006
HLA-B27 Gene
Iritis 2008
4 x Asacol
100mg Mercaptopurine (6MP)

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   Posted 4/1/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
You might investigate going on a predigested liquid diet in order to give your colon time to heal. L-glutamine and aloe vera juice can also be helpful in healing and getting bleeding under control.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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