So here's my story, which freaks me out for the last week to the point of shaking hands, inability to focus at work and total paralysis of my whole life.
2 and a bit years ago I came back from living in South America for 3 months, in a country with poor sanitation, although I lived with family, we went out to eat regularly, and sometimes with our hands. I also started drinking coffee about 1 or 3 a day, which made me feel like I need to go frequently and made the stool softer. For about 8 months the fridge was out at work so I kept my lunch unrefrigerated. About 2 months ago I have noticed red, fresh blood on the toilet paper. I thought "piles" and let it be for about 4 weeks, and it didn't stop, I also started to notice mucus in the stool and sometimes I would feel like I should go to the toilet, but it wasn't too bad, I could hold until it was convenient to go. I wouldn't go more than 2 a day still, and it wasn't diarrhoea. I went to an A&E doctor, who chuckled and said "here's a deworming tablet, goodbye". I took it, and the next morning something came out that looked like a worm? It was coiled, kinda fat and white. Not too long, but quite long, I guess. May be 5 cm, approximately. Blood and mucus didn't stop afterwards so I went to a GP and he did a digital examination and said "you have a haemorrhoid that has been bleeding". But, I am paranoid, so I requested a blood test and a stool test. He gave me a stool test for FCC (faecal calprotectin) and just a generic blood test. Blood test came back all good, no signs of Oncology or inflammation (CRP markers were normal). Calprotectin came back at 1800.... He referred me for a colonoscopy, and I'm still waiting to hear about an appointment from him, but I am seriously freaking out. I'm terrified of having IBD, because it is a lifelong condition and i know people usually get surgeries for them and have their lives severely impaired.... I'm so terrified, I can't focus on anything.
I went and got a second opinion from my friend (a pathologist, but used to work as a surgeon in a local hospital) and he thought that I could have a parasitic infection because any inflammation of the GI tract raises calprotectin. So he gave me two pills of mebendazole, I took one 2 days ago and had a round of diarrhoea today (once, never came back again), but still haven't seen any worms come out.... My GP isn't instilling confidence or peace of mind, he just immediately said "Yep, IBD, colonoscopy, good bye".
Symptoms-wise, I have none? I don't have any pains or cramps, I don't feel tired any more than usual, piles seem to be causing blood and mucus (although I'm not sure anymore because the GP has freaked me out majorly), blood in the stool is kinda slowly becoming less and less, there's less of it now and kind of in very tiny clots sometimes, can't even see it on toilet paper anymore ... I don't experience pain when I have a bowel movement, and I don't have diarrhoea. The stool is shaped correctly and is of a usual colour, it's still a bit soft and loose (but still shaped regularly and of okay presentation, I guess) as if I still drink coffee, but I stopped drinking alcohol and coffee for the last 2 weeks now. I don't have a fever to my knowledge (or at least not the kind that you can tell), and my appetite is unchanged. Pretty much, what I want to say, my overall feeling is unchanged and exactly as it was, say, a year ago. Also, I don't have any family history of IBD. I'm really freaked out and terrified of having IBD.... To a point that I seriously cannot think of anything else lately, it gave me severe stress and anxiety. I'm not sure what's wrong with my calprotectin? Why is it so high, if feel fine, and I've read that mucus and fresh blood can come from piles (which the GP confirmed I had)? Has anyone ever had this? Could this be an IBD, or the test just happened to be at a bad time for an infection (no symptoms, though?). Or should I get tested for parasites? I'm so stressed and anxious that I am barely keeping it together without breaking down