Signs of a flare?

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   Posted 11/4/2007 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I am tapering my pred dose and started having loose stools at 20mg/day, only 1-3 BMs per day. GI stay at this dose until symptoms change. After 10 days BMs are mostly soft and formed, but started to see bright red blood at the end of the movement and on TP. I only see the blood when I push hard. Could this be hemorrhoids?

Also, I have lost 7lbs in the last 3 weeks at 20mg pred. Is this normal?

Appreciate everyone's thoughts on this.



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   Posted 11/4/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -6) could be a fissure that's causing the blood. I can't comment about the pred weight loss...but are you eating enough? If you've changed your not of high fat or calories, that could be part of the reason.

*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
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   Posted 11/4/2007 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Normally you would feel a stinging pain if it's a fissure(s) so if you don't then I doubt it's that. It could very well be an internal hemmie, you should see your doc if this is a new symptom.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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