Many of you know that I just went through a hospital stay for rectal bleeding and pain and swelling in my mid-section that stumped the doctors...It was deemed a Crohn's attack and I am still suffering from some aspects but able to sit up now and look for answers... This morning came as a shocker...The fresh blood after 3 bm's along with the onset of my period which was burgundy in color (sorry for the graphics but it must mean something) all this while I am still on Prednisone and Cipro...Now aside from the burning in my lower right belly, ovary, hip and inguinal area (crease of leg and belly), I feel less swollen and less 'sick', like the start of my cycle replaced the fullness I was feeling... From day one when they removed a 4lb. mass on my left side, my health has gone downhill...As of today, this minute, I am convinced that my main problem is coming from endometriosis involving the bowel...I had never been aware, or told, that my cycle could bring on rectal bleeding but when I told my gastro last month, he admitted that many woman are complaining of this lately... I go back in tomorrow for a sigmoidoscopy to determine the cause of the 'fresh blood' and after looking up many things today, discovered he could also determine if this is endo related...Most woman start with Endo, possibly get misdiagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and/or Crohn's (me) have trouble while on all the drug trials to stop teh bleeding, pain and most of all swelling and all the while its undetectable/undiagnosed endo attaching itself everywhere else...After this morning, the relief I feel is unbelievable, I was able to help make dinner and stretch to reach a dish for the first time in months.. My ob/gyn is getting involved too, after Thanksgiving of course...Most likely a laparoscopy to 'look' in there... Okay girls, any advice for me??? Love to hear from you!!!