Does normal blood results mean your not sick?

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   Posted 11/17/2007 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
My new gi ordered bloodwork, a cbc and metabolic panel and everything came back fine.  I have been flaring for over a month. Having abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea and i feel really depressed.  Why do i feel like people think im a hypochondriac right now?All i want is to live a normal life with no pain and be able to work and take care of my son.

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   Posted 11/17/2007 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Consider yourself lucky that you aren't too far gone yet. I was flaring for a whole year before I ever got treated. My cbc chem profile test looked like a horror story. You really have to find a way of getting some rectal meds into the equation too. They have lidocain enemas, 5-asa enemas, and entocort enemas. We are all a bit depressed with this disease, it's normal. But when you start to go in remission you feel like a million dollars.

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   Posted 11/17/2007 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the mesamalimine enemas maybe i should use them tonight.

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   Posted 11/17/2007 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Normal blood tests are a good thing, but they don't mean you aren't sick. They show that you aren't anemic from the bleeding, aren't developing liver problems that sometimes go with IBD, and that's very positive. If your blood-making system keeps up with your bleeding, you don't get anemic. If not, you might need iron supplements or even transfusion.

If you really feel that your GI thinks you're not as sick as you are, consider another GI. My first one thought because I wasn't losing weight I wasn't that sick. I guess because of that he didn't believe I was going 20-25 times a day, in a lot of pain and barely able to drag myself through the day at work. I changed and found a wonderful doctor who totally believes me and was as frustrated as I that I was so sick from "just" left-sided UC.

I hope you feel better soon, butterfly.
Left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.  Taking Colazal and Imuran, Remicade infusions and moving into remission. Finally off steroids after four years! 
Now in remission for almost two years. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
"If you spend your time second-guessing your past decisions, you'll never have time to enjoy today."

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   Posted 11/17/2007 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Judy. I feel better just knowing you can relate and understand.

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   Posted 11/18/2007 4:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you not used the rectal meds at all? or just sometimes?

Definitely use them.
*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)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 11/18/2007 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Definately use the enemas, no need to suffer needlessly. But yes, I get normal blood markers all the time. And I think "Geez, I feel like total crap but am I over exagerating it because my blood is normal????" But then my body reminds me that NO I am not over exagerating as I run to the bathroom for the 5th time. Don't rely on the blood work but how you are feeling. And don't let anyone make you feel like a Hypo - I used to feel that way too until I found the most caring doctors. I sometimes still am a little afraid to approach doctors about my problems because of how I was treated in the past. But I bite that bullet back and stand my ground now.

~Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal (9 daily), 6mp (50-75mgs), Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia, Pro-Bio, Hydrocortisone enemas**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa** 
~Allergies - Singulair, Astelin(got the script - just haven't tried it yet!)~
~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc~
~Fibromyalgia - '06~
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