Some advice and any resources etc that could help me (based on your own experience/diagnoses) would be really appreciated! I haven't been diagnosed with IBD but would like to push GP for a colonoscopy or something of the like to test for IBD, I'll outline my reasons below and hopefully my symptoms will ring a bell with some of you and any advice as to whether I should ask to be tested would be great!
I've suffered with fatigue that isn't corrected by sleep for nearly the past 5 years. Have been suffering from bad episodes of abdominal pain for the past 2.5 years- it's not constant, I can have days or weeks where I'm fine pain wise, but then can have periods of weeks where the pain becomes unbearable and absolutely floors me.
I have a mix of diarrhoea (mostly) with some constipation- I say constipation, it's not like I'm blocked but my stools are almost like little rabbit pellets- not overly hard but just this small size and shape. Have had blood mixed in the stool and also when wiping- not all the time. Maybe once every week I spot this. More frequent when the pain is bad. Have also had streak of blood in mucus when I wipe. Bloating and nausea are major problems.
My blood results have all been 'normal' at GP but none of these bloods have been taken when my pain is very bad. However I have borderline low folate, ferritin and B12. Haven't had any other vitamins tested so unsure if I'm deficient/borderline deficient in anything is.
B12 results have been 180ng/L (2012) and 192ng/L (2015)- 180-1000
Ferritin was 20 in 2012- range 10-300
Folate was 10.6 in 2012, 7 in 2015 - range >4
Technically none of them are deficient (except B12 as am currently 18 so child reference values state I would be deficient). However it appears as though there could be an absorption problem across the board (??)
I have never had a colonoscopy or endoscopy etc done. Had pelvic ultrasounds and a CT ureter/kidney/bladder scan- scan in October stated my small intestine was swollen/inflamed- GP said this would've swollen because I felt pain? And not to worry about it. Confused by that.
In 2015 I was supposed to be referred for IBD testing if antibiotics didn't clear my pain but it never happened.
Is it just me being crazy, or does anyone on hear think from my symptoms I have the grounds to push for a further investigation of this?