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   Posted 7/18/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been wanted to ask this for a while. How are you all inspecting your BM?

When all my other symptoms seem okay, the only way for me to know if I'm doing well is by inspecting my BM. I use a long thin plastic stick and just wash it really well after with dish soap and hot water.

Sometimes I have obvious blood on my TP but more often it's hidden at the first part of my BM, hence the 'stick' inspection. When I'm bleeding badly, it's obviously wrapped around the BM (that always scares me to see). But, if I'm having D I can't inspect the BM properly, so I don't know the bleeding is still there or not. BTW, Metamusil helped a lot to form my stools so I could do my inspections.

It got me thinking... is there a better way to check for blood? Do any of you do this? Any helpful suggestions?


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   Posted 7/18/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know, usually I just wipe really well and then look at what's on the paper for any small pieces and stuff.

Also, this isn't that gross, don't worry :P
19yr old female
Diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
2.5 tabs of Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema nightly
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 7/18/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
This is a technical question that requires some thought (...and it also depends on your aim, how deep the toilet bowl is, and where the BM lands!)

If it's easily accessible, then use a long Q-tip to check, and you can then flush the Q-tip down with the rest. That's what works for me. I also do a TP check.

I'd rather use something that I can flush down the toilet immediately.

Gross, but I bet more people here do some sort of check than would admit it.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 & Primadophilus Bifidus, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Asacol suppository occasionally

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   Posted 7/18/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I just look in the bowl for blood/mucus/shape and check the toilet paper *shrug*
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently taking Asacol (1200 mg 3x/day), Rowasa and Calcium/D supplements

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   Posted 7/18/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Me too.. I just peer into the bowl and try to get as good a look as possible.... and the paper check after wipie too... My blood is usually at the end of my poo, not the beginning....
Diagnosed with U/C January 31st, 2005, IBS on July 21st, 2006 
  Status as of June 30th, 2009 :  Flaring for the last 7 or 8 months with blood, mucus PAIN..... Meds are: Prednisone 60mg daily,  Apriso 2 pills 2x a day.. I take Xanax when needed and Ambien for sleep... Nexium in the am for heartburn..   Culturelle 2 times a day...

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   Posted 7/18/2009 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Look in the bowl for shape and mucus/blood and check the tp on wipes. No need to play with it :P

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   Posted 7/18/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Just use my high intensity flashlight!! (while I am praying LOL)


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Cannot tolerate mesalamines.  New specialist (June) - Cortifoam and Anusol three times a day for now.  Hope it works! (finding it impossible to do three times a day however)
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   Posted 7/18/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I take  a peek in the bowl. there have been times when I wanted to really look but I've always found that to be too dirty and too much of a hassle so I've never bothered. There is no easy way to do something like that. Just take a look and see if everything looks good, maybe grade on a scale of 1 to 10. I would say most of my movements are pretty poor, maybe a 4. once in a while I have something somewhat normal but it's not common. i don't think there is much else to look for in there. It's not bloody and it's not firm enough, it's doesn't smell pleasant. that's about all. tongue
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...

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   Posted 7/19/2009 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Doz79 said...
Look in the bowl for shape and mucus/blood and check the tp on wipes. No need to play with it :P

Age:31 Married with children.
Ulcerative Colitis cause: In 2003 I took Accutane for about 4 months, strong side effects of abdominal cramping and bloody stools.
May 2004: Diagnosed with Left sided UC -should have understood the IBD warning and should've never taken the dangerous drug
known as Accutane.
May 2004- May 2009: Prednisone, Asacol and many other med's that did not work well-Remicade was great for 16 months then suddenly stopped working.
May -June 2009: Pancolitis- chronic 2 month flare up that put me out of work and made me seriously think about surgery.
June 24th 2009: elective colectomy/ileostomy at Barnes/Washington University.
August 2009: planned rectum removal and j-pouch construction.
October-November 2009: planned Reversal.
Summary: Suffered 5 long years with severe Ulcerative Colitis, Anxiety and depression.
No more diseased colon. No more running to the bathroom 20+ times a day. No more cramping and bleeding. Satisfied with first surgery.

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 7/19/2009 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Obviously don't play around with it, but I think it helps to take a look and see which food's getting digested and which isn't, and that could probably help you figure what foods you should be avoiding.

Whatever works.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 & Primadophilus Bifidus, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Asacol suppository occasionally

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