Can anyone help - I have had some issued over the last 18 months, blood in my stool, Weight Loss, Tiredness, Right handed stomach pain, Severe diarrhea ( 8-10 times a day) and nausea. I have had bloods which are all Ok bar low Folate levels & a Sigmoidoscopy which was ok. This led to a IBS diagnosis
I have been referred to Gastro but it is up to 9-10 months waiting list and i am a little worried that there is something more sinister going on over in my right side, where a sigmoidoscopy does not reach.
I guess my question is, can you have a clear sigmoidoscopy & still have a cancer or something further up your bowel? Is that possible?
You need a colonoscopy and assuming you are in the UK your Dr can make a 2 week urgent referral to Gastro if he/she thinks necessary. If you are still having problems I would get back to your GP and ask for the appt to be bought forward as 9-10 months is not ideal.
Thank you - I had requested this, he advised that he would not refer me via the 2 week urgent as a, I am too young & b, I have had a sigmoidoscopy. They are just so busy with COVID backlogs that it is almost impossible to get a Gastro appointment & they say even then the Gastro Dr may not let me have one
Being "to young" is a stupid comment from a Dr ! Hospital appts are a problem at the moment but they are happening, you could try calling one of the Gastro secretaries to see if they can help push you up the list a bit or at least get one of the consultants to look at your referral for advice.Other option if possible is to go private, initial consultations are usually around £150-£200 but any tests will be on top of that and the costs can mount up.
Thank you - hopefully I will see a Gastro sooner rather than later. Thank you for your advice, i was a little perplexed as i am 36 & if i was 40 + i would be on the 2WW referral
Good luck !
Not true if you're 40+ you'd be on the two week pathway. I'll be sixty next week, positive FIT test, just need to wait for my colonoscopy I'm told.
So currently do you still have all the symptoms??