Re: bad days again-and Ginny

From: Christine M. Smith (
Sat Jun 19 23:25:44 1999

At Sat, 19 Jun 1999, Ginny King wrote: >
>At Sat, 19 Jun 1999, Tina Shelby wrote:
>>Hi Ginny,
>>I know you didn't ask me - but if you don't mind - I would like to give you
>>a medical perspective on your symptoms you describe. The blood in your urine
>>and bowels is most definitely not normal. I am interested in knowing if
>>there is alot of blood in your stools or are they picking it up on a guiac
>>test. Are you taking any kind of anti-inflammatory medications like motrin
>>or advil? These types of drugs are very hard on the stomach and cause
>>microscopic bleeding. Blood in the urine needs to be wroked up by a
>>Urologist to determine where along the urinary tract it is coming from.
>>As far as adhesions causing the bleeding - if the adhesions (on the outside
>>of the bowel/bladder) were to pull hard enough as to cause bleeding/tearing
>>of the organ (inside the bowel/bladder) - that would be a life-threatening
>>situation. A hole in the bowel would cause the contents to spill out into
>>the abdominal cavity causing a severe infection like peritonitis. The same
>>goes with tearing of an ureter. Urine would spill out and also cause some
>>life-threatening problems.
>>Hi Tina,
>I don't mind any advice at all at this point. I have blood that shows
>up both by the naked eye and by test. I have had peritonitis of an
>unknown cause which has resulted in additional adhesions. As of last
>week, the doctor I was seeing said I just had irritable bowel. Since
>then I am seeing a new doctor and we are starting over on trying to find
>out where the blood and infections are coming from. I guess the
>adhesions probably aren't the problem and my new doctor is back to
>suspecting Crohn's but sometimes I feel like my insides are ripping out
>and the pain is blinding which is what I went through when the adhesions
>had bound my uterus to my abdomen. My PCP is not giving me a referal
>yet to a urologist or even my gyn as she is waiting on the test results
>the GI is going to do later this month. I don't take many medications,
>perscriptions or otherwise. I do understand they can cause bleeding,
>but would a taking them a few times a month show visible blood in the
>urine and stools? I feel like I am in a going around in a circle with
>the docs. Thanks for your advice. I welcome any comments or advice,
>always. I have gotten more good advice and support through this forum
>than in nine years of dealing with doctors, complicated by insurance
>)but thats a whole different issue). Thanks again. I hope you are
>having a good day yourself. Ginny
>Ginny King

Hi Ginny:

According to the colo-rectal surgeon I saw and the info on his website, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) NEVER causes gastrointestinal bleeding and any such bleeding has to be worked up.

There's no law that says you can't have two problems at once. You could have crohn's plus the discomfort from the adhesions. I hate to say that because it is so discouraging but its easy to try and tie everything together into one problem.

Chris S. >

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