I am amazed at the people here who seem to consider bleeding "normal" or normal for them. I had IBS for years which was certainly no fun but never bleeding until a year ago. Colonoscopy showed ulcers in my rectal area and inflammation 30 cm. up my left side.
My GI told me that bleeding is really bad - not normal - I could not live with it because it could spread, bigger chance of cancer, megacolon, etc. He will not stop finding treatments for me until the bleeding and inflammation is GONE - remission. In fact, as I said in another post - he is referring me to a specialist in Albany if the 6MP and prednisone don't do it soon. I felt that being 69 I could live a long time with just "some" bleeding or inflammation like I have now but hope I don't have to make that decision. I still have time to get relief from 6 MP as it takes a while. I am also going to try the hydrocortisone enemas for a week again - they only made it worse before but I said I would try it again!
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008 Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred. No mesalamines!!
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. - upped prenisone to 25mg. on my own (bleeding returned) - 6MP - 50 mg. 2/28/2009
75mg. 6 MP added on 4/8/2009 - waiting for CBC and Prometheus tests
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.