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OMG, There is Blood on the Toilet Paper

toilet had blood on itMeet Brenda:

Diagnosed just a couple weeks ago, From little ‘ole Delaware. Age 52. Stress it does not do a body good….Looking forward to all the info I can get.

Some more about Brenda:

I try to eat somewhat healthy, but have the occasional days where I go totally overboard. I’m an avid pool player, and not to bad for a girl.

Colitis Symptoms:

I still have the feeling of not completely emptying my bowels, get slight nausea, have the mucus, but currently no blood.

Brenda’s Story

I WOKE UP one morning in August 2014 having to urgently use the bathroom. My surprise was OMG, there is blood on the toilet paper.

Every thought imaginable went thru my mind because the year before I had my gall bladder removed, then hospitalized with acute pancreatitis which magically went away on its own. Anyway, every morning for the next 4 days was the same.

Went to doctor who said it was hemmorroids (without examining me) but I asked to see a specialist. Fast forward a few weeks – I had a scheduled colonoscopy but the doctor could only examine so far due to inflammation. So I was diagnosed with UC, but I guess after reading other peoples stories I feel lucky as I only have Ulcerative Proctis (think that’s misspelled).

I have alot of the same symptoms as others, but mine currently seem to be in a milder form. Reading about others stories on this site has helped me tremendously. I didn’t realize just how bad it could get and I feel blessed that I don’t have it as bad, but I am concerned that it could get worse. My doctor put me on Canasa Suppositories 2 X daily for 3 weeks. I have been using the medication for 1 and a half weeks now.

Blood is gone (knock on wood)

currently no side effects that I am aware of.

My fiance has been very supportive of my condition and I haven’t told any other family members about my condition. It seems somewhat embarrassing to talk about let alone the doctor making me come back again for another colonoscopy in about a month. Gee, can’t wait to have to drink that liquid concoction that I almost puked up the first time. Glad I asked for the lemon-lime flavor as I don’t think I could have managed just plain. I like to know what what others do about their diet? What do you eat? Does Gluten seem to be a culprit? I do know stress must be a major cause.

Medications / Supplements:

I also drink daily “Golden Milk” made out of coconut milk, pepper, tumeric paste, nutmeg, cinnamon and a little coconut oil and honey. Very Tasty! Not sure if it works but drinking it anyway.

written by Brenda C

submitted in the colitis venting area




3 Responses to OMG, There is Blood on the Toilet Paper

  1. Adam
    Adam October 30, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    Brenda,

    Thank you very much for sharing your story and for putting one of the most common UC related realities regarding blood on the toilet paper, its not fun to see for sure.
    As for your question on diet, many people who follow this site do the SCD diet which boils down to cutting out alot of carbohydrates, specifically grains, refined sugars, certain dairy products, starches and some other things. It is in basic terms a diet high in protein and vegetables and fruits. Other people who have shared stories on the site follow the Paleo Diet, others the GAPS diet, and many variations. Tara wrote a popular post on GAPS here: http://www.ihaveuc.com/im-on-the-gaps-diet-to-treat-crohns-ulcerative-colitis-and-its-working/

    And I’ve written a page which gives further details on the SCD here:
    http://www.ihaveuc.com/the-diet/

    As for gluten, most people getting the best results (i’ll include myself there since I’m hardcore anti-gluten) on these diets have eliminated or nearly eliminated from their eating.

    Take care, and best of luck with your upcoming scope. I hope your doc gives you some great news (which is totally possible!!) that things are looking way better:))

    Read some other stories here for sure if you’re new. There’s another great link here with about 15 stories that are on the all time popular list for the site:

    http://www.ihaveuc.com/colitis-contributors/

    Take care,

    Adam

  2. Tita October 31, 2014 at 5:14 am #

    Welcome to the family! ;)

    I won’t give you much advice just to keep a food journal for the first few months and follow your gut. :) Some can eat anything without any problems, while some are less fortunate. Just because something causes you problems one day, it doesn’t mean that it will do the same in three months’ time. I cannot tolerate dairy that much, gluten doesn’t bother me, most fresh fruit and vegetables are a no-no for me, the same goes for chocolate and sugar.

    I wish you the best!

  3. russell andersen October 31, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    not to bum you out , but mine went from minor u.c. proctis to severe universal within a year .

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