Weird.....Blood but I feel great!

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Colitis Confusion
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   Posted 6/29/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
This is so interesting. I have noticeable blood every time I have a stool, however it has been averaging once every 72 hours. I'm definitely not complaining as that was my average before being diagnosed with UC, but ever since UC it has been a minimum of 1-2 times daily (usually more), even when on 40 mg of prednisone and now I'm virtually off it all together.

I have been on 150 mg imuran for nearly 6 months now. Is this my new normal? Should I worry about blood if I feel great and have only one movement every 2 to 3 days? Has this happened to anyone else?

Thanks so much. Every time I feel I've got everything figured out with this disease something new pops up and makes me wonder if I know anything at all.
Asacol - 9 per day, Prednisone - 5 mg, Imuran - 150 mg, Omega 3 - 1 per day, Aloe Vera Juice - 4 oz, Culturelle - 1 daily, Vitamin D - 1 Daily


subdued
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   Posted 6/29/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you sure it's not hemorrhoids or a fissure? Is the stool hard?
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory foods, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners -- Fecal transplantation worked, Prednisone stopped working, Colazal stopped working, Asacol stopped working


Colitis Confusion
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   Posted 6/29/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response. The stool is definitely NOT hard. It has a nice consistency and no straining required. The blood is on the outer coating and mixed in with the stool.

I know that when I get done wiping there is blood on the toilet paper as I have a cut or something down there, however I don't think this is where the blood on the stool is coming from.

I feel I probably do have some hemmies or a fissure, however the blood in my stool seems more UC related and when I wipe it seems more hemi related. Does that make sense? Plus I have had my biggest flare sign - terrible smelling gas, but the frequency or urgency just has not followed......
Asacol - 9 per day, Prednisone - 5 mg, Imuran - 150 mg, Omega 3 - 1 per day, Aloe Vera Juice - 4 oz, Culturelle - 1 daily, Vitamin D - 1 Daily


bbc
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   Posted 6/29/2009 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Generally hemmies stripe just the outside of the stool so you may want to get checked...hope it's just the hemmies.

quincy
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   Posted 6/29/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds as though it could be a flare limited to very low in the rectum...still should be dealt with using rectal meds, and if it is internal hemmies, the rectal meds will be helpful.
The last to heal and the first to flare is that area, and for some...the most difficult to get under control.

If it is UC-related, the fact that you're bleeding says the tissue is very friable (bleeds easily and is fragile)...leaving it prone to invaders..so do have it dealt with.

You should, however, take a look-see (squatting over a mirror) and if you do have a fissure, that can be dealt with using topical meds such as hydrocortisone, zinc (diaper cream) or prescription proctocedyl (my fave).

In conjunction, you should be on fibre supplements as well as probiotics to help keep the flora of your colon in good balance as well as what the fibre supplements do is help produce a good environment for the colon to keep itself in good repair.

The fibre supplements will help keep the stool soft and fluffy...easier for a raw area in the rectum going out.

Bad snelling gas is classic of an early flare....with the 72 hour bms, upping them with fibre can help with colonic "exercise".

It's great you're doing so well....dealing with what you have at this point is important as for it to not get worse.

Keep us posted as to how you're doing.

quincy
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


subdued
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   Posted 6/29/2009 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
You should see a doctor. Treatment for hemmies and fissures is different than for UC.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory foods, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners -- Fecal transplantation worked, Prednisone stopped working, Colazal stopped working, Asacol stopped working

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