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10-20-2009, 06:26 PM   #1
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Colonoscopy Bleeding/MRI

Hi guys, I'm new to this forum but it looks a great place to hang out and get advice etc.

Basically on Friday I had a colonoscopy to further investigate my Crohns. I've already had a CT, A Flexi sigmoidoscopy,X Rays,Blood tests and today I've had an MRI scan. So now I have the full works.

Anyway during the colonoscopy the doctor found a lot of blood in the bowel, and I had an emergency blood test afterwards to make sure I wasn't losing a critical amount of blood. After passing blood for the day I rested and by the weekend it seemed fine.

But today I've been passing more blood.So after three days without blood I now have blood. And previously I've had passed very little blood at all in the 3 or so months that I've been suspected to have developed the Crohn's/suffered its symptoms without being diagnosed.

The doctor took a lot of biopsies during the colonoscopy,but is it usual to bleed for upto 4 days afterwards?

Also I'd love to hear what people thought of, or what was deduced as a result of a MRI scan?


Thanks for reading! Look forward to replies

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10-20-2009, 06:35 PM   #2
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Welcome James,

James, depending where your Crohn's is located usually dictates bleeding. I'm assuming its present in your colon? Is your colon very ulcerated and inflamed? Are you passing clots or bright red blood. Irregardless I think you should contact your doctor, especially since you had biopsies. In most discharge instructions post-colonoscopy they say to call for increased and persistent bleeding. Are you feeling okay?

I have never had a MRI, only a CT scan. I believe it gives more detailed imaging.

Let us know how things go. I hope you stick around here. There is a lot of good info and great people.
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10-20-2009, 07:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response!

Yeah I'm feeling pretty good actually. It is bright red blood yeah. But it appears to have calmed now - it was quite bad around 5 hours or so ago.

The colonoscopy was really good for clearing up where the Crohn's was. I've got it in four places the sigmoid colon,the transverse colon,the caecum and the terminal illeum

I found that I only began passing blood when I began my bowel prep for the colonoscopy. That Citra-mag stuff is the work of the devil!

Shantel, I presume that perforation is very painful, I feel reletivley good now,before I felt discomfort but nothing I'd call substantial pain.I think I might be answering my own questions as I write this really.

I think its because the Flexi Sigi couldn't access all of the colon when they did it,because of how severe it all was. I'm going on remicade soon too so I think they want to be 100% there are no abscesses before hand because one of the symptoms that I had was nighsweats which is conducive with abcesses/potential fistulae. Either that or they're just running all these tests because I'm a freak. I was hoping today that the MRI scan machine malfunctioning and gave me powers like Magneto from X-Men.(I'm 22 - Sad isnt it?)

Would any of you guys say that being ill has improved your lives? I've found a perverse lust for life ever since I was diagnosed (well after I was able to get out of bed). I quit my rubbish job, and now I spend most of my day doing what the hell I want -reading,writing,watching DVDS,listening to music,playing my guitar,gorging myself silly,browsing the internet,catching up with friends? Then again I had saved up money to go travelling- which I can live off. Just wondered if either of you ever felt the same?

How do you guys, as Americans find the cost of your healthcare? You ok for insurance and all that? I'm just thankful that I'm British and everything is free. I mean the cost of the Remicade course is obscene but thankfully I don't pay a penny!
10-20-2009, 08:01 PM   #4
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Those limericks are pretty awesome - the thread got kinda scary after that! I was never a fan of Batman and Robin myself. Too much of a goody two shoes. X-Men was more my bag - more ambiguity. And Gambit was the coolest dude ever.

Yeah sorry about bragging about the NHS. But it is brilliant and one needs to fine time to harp on.I just don't understand the American society.

I mean its completley rational to change to any other system than the one you've got. Its like Barack Obama said I think it was on Letterman. The states is essentially the only developed country that spends over 10% of GDP on Healthcare - 16% to be exact. (The Canadians spend just over 10 apparantly). I think we spend 6-8%. So not only is any other system that covers all better for the good of all - it is also ultimatley cheaper for all. So what's the problem!?

I think its sad how in your country the words 'liberal' and 'socialist' have been skewered to be insults. In this country in the latter half of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries it was the liberals and the socialists who won us universal sufferage,created the NHS,made education compulsory for all and established all kinds of civilized rights/institutions that we now take for granted. I'll stop ranting on about Politics now.



http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/139774.php

I was reading this earlier - thoughts?
10-20-2009, 08:15 PM   #5
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Just curious!

Its nice to know that with each passing day were getting closer and closer to soloutions for this disease. I often think how did people cope with this disease in decades gone by?
10-20-2009, 08:21 PM   #6
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Yeah and the toliets back then weren't much kop either!

When you were first diagnosed were you surprised by the number of people who had Crohn's? I was kinda dissapointed! I rememeber telling friends and they would be like 'Oh yeah my freind so and so has that'. The other day I was having my haircut and I was explaining to him how I'd been and it turned out his daughter has it. Its really comforting but as I say an immature part of me wanted to be a special case! Stupid I know.
10-20-2009, 08:37 PM   #7
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Haha, I'd like to think so. I'd like to think all human beings are special. Usually when my friends refer to me as a special its usually due to my idiocy or my insane dance moves. I'm the kind of immature man who finds dogs on skateboards/monkeys playing tennis hilarious you see.

I've got a friend with Ulcerative Colitus so that's been a big help but you're right this forum looks great for help/advice etc.

I sense that you're quite the matriarch on here Shantel. I like that. That makes you special. The ability to care deeply about strangers is a beautiful gift that the world could do with more of.
10-20-2009, 08:50 PM   #8
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Sure can do- sounds good. I'll make a cup of tea and have a bowl of cereal - write my story then hit the hay. Nice way to round off the day.
10-20-2009, 08:59 PM   #9
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Night!
10-22-2009, 09:09 AM   #10
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Hi James, I am new to this site also but wanted to say welcome, I have found this site and the people on it to be really helpful, Welcome.
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