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   Posted 4/1/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I thought at 9:00 last night I had stopped bleeding, at 11:00 it started back. about every 2 hours during night, today about every 45 minutes to 1 or 2 hours. Not small amount, filling and completely changing water to dark maroon color. Once it was light. Dr said I had tapered to quickly on the pred, am back on 30 mg. She said it might take a few days for it to get back in me. My feet has been hurting and feeling numb, could this be the infection? I have been bleeding heavy like this now for over 30 hours, is this normal? I see where some has bled for longer, i just am wondering is it heavy or light? My Dr is not very good at answering questions, seems to always be in a rush. Dr on call explained to me that the blood is infection coming thru me. Just am wondering how much infection could I have in me. My main thing is I am getting scared to be alone. Don't have anyone with me during the day,hubby stayed today, but has to go to work tomorrow. I have heart desease, diabetes, panic attacks, and now all this. I am lucky that he is putting up with it all. But been together 32 years. I guess I am just a worry wart and freaking a little bit. Sorry about the long post, but don't have anyone else. Thanks, Angel 


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   Posted 4/2/2009 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
You have to remember that only a few drops of blood will turn the entire bowl red. But from what you are describing, it sounds like you may need more immediate attention such as an ER trip.
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 4/2/2009 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Angel

I am sorry to hear about your pain. However, my advice is that don't get stressed because the more you get stressed, the more you will bleed. I endorse the view of Red that even a small drop of blood turns the entire bowl red and scarry. I feel you must consult your doc. In case the blood loss is too much, they may give the pred and other medcines through IV as that is more effective because in acute UC flare ups, the oral medicines are slow in action. Are you taking some antibiotics for infection. I am sure besides Pred, the doctor must have given you calcium and vitamin supplements to lower the side effects of Pred. Take care and keep us posted.
Please do not worry at all. You are not alone. We all are here to guide and advice you 24/7. So cheer up.
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   Posted 4/2/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you feet cramping? Mine do when I take prednisone because it depletes potassium. Eat bananas.

I hope you can relax and rest at home, see if the prednisone starts to help. I would not find a hospital very relaxing and restful, but if you are scared you should go. (What did that doctor advise you about when you should go to the hospital??)

I know it looks awful, but that kind of bleeding is common when my UC flares. I think lots of people would be shocked to see what our toilet bowls looks like when we're flaring! Your body can make more, try to not worry. Get some slo-FE so you don't get too anemic.
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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